Re(2): Florida gambling bills, decoupling Posted on February 24, 2017 at 11:31:43 AM by Bennett
I think the Senate plan to allow slot machines in many other places in FL is going to be a tough one to get approved. It ties in to the deal with the Seminoles when you start allowing slots in other places, plus the other counties that have voted yes on slots just bypassed the whole step of having a statewide vote first that ALLOWS for the county vote....and there's still lots of people that don't wanna see slots all over the state.
The bills are so far apart that they could meet in the middle somewhere and compromise somehow....or it could just be another year where a deal can't be reached and nothing or not much changes. Maybe the compromise could be on the decoupling. For example...if you are a facility that runs slots then NO decoupling....you must have live games or races like originally planned and written in the law. But maybe allow any parimutuel that doesn't have slots to decouple...and they can basically become OTBs with simulcasting and a poker room. Make them pay for it though....set the law so that IF you choose to decouple then you give up all rights to EVER have slots down the road, even if they became legal in your county.
I would be fine with that, as it would make sure Miami and Dania keeps running live jai-alai. And at this point, who really cares about what they do at Orlando or Ocala or even the Fort? They run sham seasons anyhow. So if they are allowed to decouple, fine...I won't ever go there either way.
But decoupling should NOT be allowed at the facilities with slots. Stick with the original deal. The parimutuels in Dade/Broward used the fact that they already had live games/racing to justify THEM getting the slots....and ONLY THEM....not a new MGM or Wynn casino. Well boys, you got what you asked for...so run your slots. Don't ask for anything else, like decoupling. Because if you really want Florida to have facilities that CAN offer slots without having to be a parimutuel....then why shouldn't the state also call Steve Wynn and the folks at MGM etc to see if THEY would like to build a "non-parimutuel slots casino" in Florida? Replies: