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Seminole Opponents Plan Their Next Move on Blackjack Issue

On July 11th, 2008, a federal judge thrown the case filed by the Isle of Capri and Racing at Pompano Park, which in turn, will allow the Seminole Tribe to continue hosting blackjack and other card games for their customers.

Other gaming facilities in South Florida were very disappointed when the gambling compact between the Seminole Tribe and Governor Charlie Crist were finalized back in November 17th, 2007. The compact was invalidated by the Florida Supreme Court just recently. After that decision, casinos in Florida hoped that they will be on even terms with the Seminole Tribe again.

The Isle Casino and Racing filed the case hoping that the Judge will rule in their favor against the Seminole Tribe. U.S. District Judge Stephan P. McKie said that he did not have any power to stop the card games at the Seminole casinos. He added that the case could not proceed without the involvement of the Seminole Tribe. While the Seminole Tribe is happy with the decision, it leaves the smaller gaming facilities in Florida to contemplate on what will be their next move on the matter.

The spokesperson for the Isle of Capri Casinos and PPI, Jill Haynes commented that they are currently studying the decision and are planning their next move on the issue. The Seminole Tribe has no plans of stopping their blackjack operation until the whole thing was solved by the federal government.


Sunday, August 03 , 2008
Thomas Johnson