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Re(3): Latest - FL gambling deal may fall apart

Bennett - what affect does the pending Supreme Court case involving the small Florida panhandle horse track vs. the State have on this matter? That decision is coming up any Thursday morning now.

If the track wins that case, they can add slot machines - thus opening the door for the other 8 counties that have already approved it by a county referendum to open slot rooms immediately. Ft. Pierce Jai-alai alone will invest $50 million on their expansion. And if that happens, other counties would be able to vote on it themselves in 2018, as it is worded now.

This Court ruling would open up slots everywhere in the state eventfully - virtually every jai-alai, dog and horse track would have slots.

Then there is the agreement needed with the Tribe, who have a strong case in my opinion, to pay virtually nothing. The new talks being discussed reduce their payments greatly, while allowing them more games to be a "real casino". But Florida will be a full blown gambling state unless the Supreme Court ruling last week that gave approval next year for a statewide referendum that requires voters have the say on increased gambling. That ruling alone caused the House to flip flop on its rejection of increased gambling to get a deal done by the end of this week.

Then you have the issue of those "jai-alai" courts popping up in those two counties - two already approved in Miami-Dade with nearly about 8 or 9 more to come eventfully unless something changes. Those operations will turn bingo trailers into poker rooms after one day of jai-alai matches, then hope to open slots in two years while knowing decoupling is only a matter of time.

It is confusing, but not worth explaining in full till Friday passes.


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