Blackjack Gambling Continues At Seminole Casino In Florida
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The Seminole Indians took a rough blow on Thursday when the Florida Supreme Court ruled that a compact that was signed between the Seminoles and Governor Charlie Crist was void.
On Friday, one day later, it was business as usual for the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Even though the Supreme Court ruled against the compact, the Seminoles are continuing to offer Vegas style slots and blackjack at the casino.
There had been speculation on Thursday evening as to what the Seminoles would do in light of the Supreme Court decision. By Friday, there was a clearer picture being painted by the Seminoles.
Their stance appears to be to stand pat until the situation goes through the proper legal channels. Before the compact was signed, the Seminoles were expecting to get a favorable ruling from Federal court regarding their offering of class III gambling games.
In Broward County, voters approved Vegas style slot machines for the county’s pari-mutuels. Once that happened, the Seminoles felt they had similar rights to offer class III gaming. They are allowed to offer any gambling that is legal anywhere in the state.
As for the new blackjack tables, they were still being used as of Friday. People were happy that the Seminoles have left the game open. “I’m glad they didn’t shut down the games. This is the only place in Florida we can play blackjack and it would have been a shame had they shut down the tables,” said Bryan Liptwick, a card player from Plantation.