By a 27-11 margin, the vote expands the original 2007 deal with the Seminoles to include craps and roulette and moves plan to House
The Florida Senate voted to expand the gambling agreement
between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Gov. Charlie Crist, a decision that could
transform properties such as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood into full-scale
casinos with blackjack, roulette and craps.
As reported in the Sun Sentinel newspaper, by a 27-11 margin, the vote expands the original 2007 deal that included only slots and blackjack, not craps and roulette.
Under the Senate’s plan, the Seminoles, which operator seven casinos in the state, would pay the state at least $400 million a year.
The gambling initiative now moves to
the State House, which is “far more reluctant to embrace a casino expansion,” the
Florida Senate votes to expand gaming
April 20, 2009