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Seminoles Announces the June 22nd Availability of Blackjack and Other Card Games

Casino card games like blackjack and poker will be offered at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on June 22nd, 2008 as the Seminole Tribe continues to take advantage on the gaming compact that was signed between the tribe and Gov. Charlie Crist on November 2007. The Seminole Tribe, which put up 1,000 class III slot machines at the Hollywood casino facility in January 2008, will also put up seventy-one brand new casino table games like blackjack.

Aside from blackjack, the casino will also offer mini-baccarat, pai gow, three card poker and other card games. James Allen, the Chief Executive Officer of the Seminole Gaming Operations commented that blackjack is the casino game of choice so they are proud that they will be able to offer the game to their customers. The Seminole Tribe went all over the country to search for seven hundred dealers and another 100 employees for support positions.

Most dealers have come from Biloxi, Las Vegas and Atlantic City and has considerable experience in the casino dealing industry. Just recently, the Pompano Beach Isle Casino filed a lawsuit against the Seminole Tribe, claiming that the tribe has violated the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act(IGRA) in offering blackjack and other card games in the Hollywood Casino.

The tribe has agreed to pay $100 million to the state annually in exchange for the right to offer the card games like blackjack and the Class III slot machines. The tribe will also have the right to offer the card games and the slot machines at all 7 of their facilities like the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa and the Coconut Creek Casino.

The new card games will have minimum wagers of $5 to $25 and maximum wager of $5000.


Monday, June 23 , 2008
Kim Watson