March 10, 2016

You won't see craps or roulette in Florida casinos for at least another year after state lawmakers were unable to pass gaming legislation during the 2016 session, which ends on Friday, according to Travel Weekly, M&C's sister publication.

The legislature's intransigence on the gambling issue has also put at risk the Seminole Tribe's planned $1.8 billion casino-hotel in Hollywood as well as a proposed 500-room expansion of the tribe's Tampa casino-hotel. The Hollywood resort, to be shaped like a guitar, would rise 36 stories and house 800 rooms. But its construction is contingent upon the state of Florida entering into a new exclusive gaming agreement, called a compact, with the Seminoles. The compact the parties entered into in 2010 expired last fall.

In December, the tribe and Gov. Rick Scott came to terms on a new deal. It guaranteed that the Seminoles would retain their exclusive rights to offer blackjack and other house-banked table games in the state for the next 20 years. In addition, the Seminoles were to be allowed for the first time to offer craps and roulette at their seven casinos in Florida, most notably the Hard Rock properties in Tampa and Hollywood. As with blackjack, that privilege would be exclusive to the tribe.

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