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3/27/2017

article Seminole Tribe warns that court ruling could end compact
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida is warning Gov. Rick Scott that a two-week old decision by a Leon County circuit court which opens the door for anyone from...

3/25/2017

article Documentary follows the wild life of gator-wrestling, empire-building Seminole chief James Billie
(Florida) -- The electronic jingle of slot machines, the spirited din of card games and the loud chattering of gamblers at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in...

3/23/2017

article Seminole Tribe searches for remains of ancestors on Egmont Key
(Florida) -- But hidden somewhere underground on the scenic island at the mouth of Tampa Bay lies evidence of its darker days as home to a U.S. military internment camp...

3/22/2017

article BLOG: Florida House shuffles up and offers casinos a new gambling deal
(Florida) -- Greetings from Day 16 of the 60-day legislative session. I'm writing this from spacious and WiFi-unfriendly Knott Hall in the Florida Capitol, where the...
article Florida gambling bill sails through House Committee Vote
(Florida) -- A gambling measure aimed at creating a new agreement with Florida’s Seminole Tribe has sailed through a state House committee.
article Florida status quo gaming legislation survives crucial committee vote
(Florida) -- Legislation proposed last month by Republicans in the Florida House Of Representatives that would essentially maintain the status quo in terms of the...
article Florida’s bill to freeze casino expansion passes through House committee
(Florida) -- A key House committee voted 11 to 7 to pass HB 7037, despite opposition from Democrats. This bill will lock Florida’s gambling footprint in place for...

3/21/2017

article Bill that attempts to freeze gambling in Florida advances in House
(Florida) -- A bill that attempts to lock Florida’s gambling footprint in place for 20 years — and ice out any casino expansion — passed a key House...
article Gambling bills inch ahead, but agreement is elusive
(Florida) -- A new gambling deal is creeping forward in the Florida House, but serious doubts remain that any deal can get done before the legislative session ends in...
article House gambling bill clears Ways and Means Committee on 11-7 vote
(Florida) -- The House Ways & Means Committee voted Tuesday for legislation that would extend Indian gambling in Florida but otherwise restrict the growth of the...
article New Seminole gambling deal passes House panel, but many hurdles remain
(Florida) -- A key House committee Tuesday approved a gambling measure aimed at creating a new agreement with the Seminole Tribe, though a tribe representative recently...
article Seminoles announce incentive program for slot players
(Florida) -- Regular gamblers know that they are coveted at casinos across South Florida, including those owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. To that end, the...

3/20/2017

article Former Seminole Tribe chairman Howard Tommie dies at 78
(Florida) -- Howard Tommie, who helped usher in a new age of self-sufficiency for the Seminole Tribe as its chairman in the 1970’s, died Friday in a car accident,...

3/19/2017

article Former Seminole Tribe chairman Howard Tommie dies at 78
(Florida) -- Howard Tommie, who helped usher in a new age of self-sufficiency for the Seminole Tribe as its chairman in the 1970’s, died Friday in a car accident,...

3/17/2017

article ResortWear looks set to win its David vs. Goliath legal battle with Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- The ground beneath them was shaking and the walls around them were coming down, and the owners of a small store at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino...

3/3/2017

article Seminole Tribe Officials Voice Discontent with Florida Gambling Bills
(Florida) -- Although there are two gambling bills in the Florida Legislature, both of them offering the Seminole Tribe what is considered to be certain benefits, tribal...
article Seminole Tribe also wants casino near NYC
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida, now co-owner of Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal casino, also wants to build a $1 billion casino in northern New Jersey...

3/2/2017

article Bureau of Indian Affairs questioned Seminole Tribe gaming deal
(Florida) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs expressed doubts about a proposed Class III gaming compact for the Seminole Tribe, Florida Politics reports. The agreement...
article Florida tribe says two pending gambling bills may violate federal laws
(Florida) -- The Seminole tribe of Florida has made clear its objections to two pending gambling bills in the state, saying that they fear that SB 8 and PCB TGC 17-01...

3/1/2017

article Letter: Feds may not have approved new Seminole Compact
(Florida) -- The nation’s top Indian gambling regulator last year told the Seminole Tribe of Florida that the federal government would be “hard-pressed...
article Seminole Tribe continues to share gaming revenues with Florida
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe continues to share gaming revenues with the state of Florida even after winning a key lawsuit. The tribe shared nearly $40 million for...
article Seminoles say they can’t support either Florida gaming bill
(Florida) -- Florida’s Seminole Tribe says it can’t support either one of the state’s two pieces of gambling legislation because each bill appears to...
article Tribe rejects both gaming bills saying both 'don't make economic sense' for them
(Florida) -- Although the Florida House and Senate are miles apart in how far they are willing to go to protect the Seminole Tribe's exclusive access to gambling in...

2/27/2017

article Blackjack appeal now headed to mediation
(Florida) -- An appeal to a federal judge’s ruling allowing the Seminole Tribe to keep offering blackjack at its Florida casinos now has been scheduled for an...
article Seminoles paid $40 million in blackjack share so far this year
(Florida) -- Despite ongoing litigation over its right to offer blackjack, the Seminole Tribe of Florida continues to pay gambling revenue share to the state, a total of...

2/23/2017

article Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Casino to Host Marquee WPT Events
(Florida) -- March and April are going to be busy months for Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, as the poker room will play host to four premiere World...

2/19/2017

article Once Lost Under the Umbrella of the American Indian Wars, the Rebellion of the Black Seminoles is Re-Discovered
(Florida) -- The year, 1835. The setting, the Florida territory on the eve of the Second Seminole War. Tensions between the region’s native inhabitants and an...

2/16/2017

article House gambling bill teed up for next week
(Florida) -- The Florida House of Representatives quietly released its gambling overhaul for 2017 Thursday afternoon, setting it for a hearing next Thursday.
article Free parking returning to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
(Florida) -- Free parking is coming back to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa next week. Beginning this Tuesday, there will be free self-parking in all...

2/14/2017

article Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood names new president, report says
(Florida) -- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has appointed a longtime Atlantic City gambling resort executive as its new president.

2/11/2017

article Dancers From Across North America Compete At Seminole Powwow In Hollywood
(California) -- From fry bread to beadwork to alligator wrestling, there’s a lot of Seminole and Native American culture on display at the 2017 Seminole Tribal...

2/9/2017

press release Auggie Cipollini named President of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
(Florida) -- Auggie Cipollini has been named President of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. In his new role, Cipollini will be responsible for all...

2/7/2017

article Anna Nicole Smith Dying in My Hometown Gave Me a Religious Awakening
(Florida) -- I don't recall where I was when my grandfather, childhood dog, or best friend died. Either the deaths were so traumatic that I blocked the memories, or...

2/4/2017

article Florida betting on appeals court to back blackjack bid
(Florida) -- The state of Florida has appealed a U.S. district judge's ruling to continue the Seminole Tribe's exclusive rights to offer blackjack games in its...
press release James Allen to give Southern Gaming Summit opening address
(Mississippi) -- The organizers of the upcoming Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi, have announced that James Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for...

2/3/2017

article Indulge in a staycation at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
(Florida) -- We all have different stories about how we met and the secret to keeping the “magic” in our relationships. Perhaps it’s the grand gestures...

1/27/2017

article Judge sides with Seminole tribe on banked card games
(Florida) -- A federal judge rejected the state’s recent motion to appeal the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s monopoly on banked card games this month.

1/25/2017

article Florida Senate makes big bet on new Seminole gambling deal
(Florida) -- After Florida lost in court, state legislators want to stop paying lawyers to fight what many feel is a losing cause and start negotiating with the Seminole...
article Senate advances gambling bill and chance to bring in $525 million jackpot
(Florida) -- The Florida Senate sent a bold signal to Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe Wednesday, as a key committee gave unanimous approval to a plan to expand...
article Senate panel OKs gambling overhaul bill, including Seminole provisions
(Florida) -- The Florida Senate has seemingly fast-tracked the chamber’s gambling overhaul for this year, as its first panel gave unanimous thumbs up to the...
article Senate Starts Moving On Gambling Overhaul
(Florida) -- With little discussion and virtually no debate, a Senate panel unanimously signed off Wednesday on a sweeping gambling plan proposed by one of the chamber...

1/23/2017

article Fla. Appeals Seminole Card Game Ruling
(Florida) -- The state of Florida on Thursday said it was appealing a November ruling that the Seminole Tribe of Florida can continue to offer card games such as...

1/21/2017

article Florida Appeals Federal Judge Ruling on Seminole Blackjack Exclusivity
(Florida) -- The State of Florida appealed on Thursday a court ruling made by a US District Judge last November that allowed the Seminole Tribe to keep blackjack at its...
article Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee to host Poker Challenge this February
(Florida) -- This February, the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee will be hosting a special poker tournament festival. The second annual Seminole Immokalee Poker Challenge...

1/20/2017

article New deal? Florida appeals Seminole Tribe blackjack ruling
(Florida) -- Florida is pushing ahead in its legal tussle with the Seminole Tribe of Florida over the tribe’s estimated $2 billion a year gambling operation. The...
article Seminole Remembrance Ceremony Recalls The Complicated History Of ‘The First War On Slavery’
(Florida) -- The American Civil War is usually regarded as the war that led to the end of slavery in the United States. But battles over American slavery had been fought...

1/19/2017

article Senator behind gambling expansion worked for resort owners
(Florida) -- The powerful state senator trying to push through a dramatic expansion of gambling in Florida recently was working for the company that owns an iconic Miami...
article State appeals federal ruling on Seminole Tribe blackjack
(Florida) -- The state of Florida has filed an appeal to a federal judge’s ruling allowing the Seminole Tribe to keep offering blackjack at its casinos.
article BLOG: Florida’s gambling addiction victimizes the Poor
(Florida) -- Florida is addicted to gambling! No matter how you spin it, the state of Florida is in the business of making poor households poorer in order to raise...

1/18/2017

article Florida bill introduced
(Florida) -- A comprehensive bill to reform gambling in the US state of Florida has been introduced. Saying he wants to avoid the arguments that have hampered previous...

1/17/2017

article Expanded Gambling Facilities May Come to South Florida
(Florida) -- A bill is being proposed by the Florida senate that would see a significant expansion of gambling facilities in the south of the state. The legislation was...

1/13/2017

article Florida would become the nation’s slot machine capital under this proposal
(Florida) -- Florida would become the nation’s slot machine capital under a sweeping rewrite of the state’s gaming laws filed Thursday that would give Miami-...
article Major Gambling Proposal Emerges In Florida Senate
(Florida) -- A senator instrumental in the passage of the Legislature’s last major gambling bill released a massive proposal Thursday that would allow slot...

1/12/2017

article Bill Galvano files 112-page gambling bill for 2017
(Florida) -- This year’s first big gambling bill has something for everyone: Lottery ticket sales at gas pumps, fantasy sports, more slot machines, and a provision...
article Lawmakers get ready for Seminole Compact, gambling debate
(Florida) -- The chair of the House’s gambling policy panel Thursday made clear what the elephant in the committee room would be this legislative session.
article Charity is big winner as Seminole Hard Rock Casino opens new poker room
(Florida) -- They were smashing guitars today at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa - a ceremonial way to celebrate the grand opening of their new poker room.

1/11/2017

press release Marcellus Osceola Jr. sworn in as Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida
(Florida) -- Marcellus W. Osceola, Jr. has been sworn in as Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Osceola was sworn in Monday, less than two weeks after his...

1/10/2017

article Lack of a Seminole Gaming Compact Proving Very Costly to Florida
(Florida) -- The Legislature did not ratify a new Seminole Gaming Compact last session and as a result, the state has already lost nearly $250 million and could lose out...
article Seminole Compact, other gambling issues expected to be top priority in House Commerce committee
(Florida) -- The House Commerce Committee is poised to tackle everything from assignment of benefits to economic incentives, but it’s the most narrowly defined...
article Senate readies this year’s gambling bill
(Florida) -- A Senate spokeswoman on Tuesday said the chamber’s legislative package on gambling should be ready for hearing later this month. A meeting of the...

1/9/2017

article Deal emerges to trade stagnant gaming permits for slots
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers have inched closer to renewing a 20-year, multi-million dollar gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida by allowing owners of...
article Federal judge again declines to reconsider Florida “banked” card games decision
(Florida) -- In Florida, a federal judge has reportedly rejected a second motion asking him to reconsider a previous ruling that gave the Seminole Tribe Of Florida the...
article Florida judge junks pari-mutuel’s plea vs. Seminole
(Florida) -- A federal judge has thumbed down a Northwest Florida pari-mutuel’s appeal to overturn a decision allowing the Seminole tribe to continue offering...
article Banked card game rights stay with the Seminole Tribe of Florida for now
(California) -- The drama continues around who controls the ability to operate banked card games in the state of Florida. On Dec. 20, according to a story on miami....
article Fla. Tribe's Appeal Argues Conflict In Fuel Tax Ruling [sub req]
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida asked the Florida Supreme Court Friday to reinstate a challenge to the state’s imposition of taxes for fuel used on...

1/7/2017

article Judge Rejects Track’s Bid to Change Gambling Ruling
(Florida) -- A federal judge has rejected a request from a tiny Northwest Florida pari-mutuel to reconsider his decision in a legal battle between the Seminole Tribe and...

1/4/2017

article Judge says no to Gretna track in gambling dispute
(Florida) -- A federal judge has turned down a request by a North Florida race track to alter his ruling allowing the Seminole Tribe of Florida to keep blackjack at its...
article Seminole Tribe not happy with Gretna race track involvement in gambling dispute
(Florida) -- After Gretna Racing filed a motion to alter a ruling by a federal judge in the issue involving the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state, the Seminole...
article Slot machines jeopardize Florida's Seminole Tribe compact
(Florida) -- The recent passage of voter-approved referendums authorizing slot machines in two more Florida counties is jeopardizing the state's gaming exclusivity...

1/1/2017

article Man killed at Seminole Casino had been recovering from tough times, say those who knew him
(Florida) -- After a run of hard luck, including a stroke that left him unable to drive a car, Jay Edelstein was on the comeback trail, according to those who knew him...
article Victim of hit-and-run driver dies two days after crash
(Florida) -- The victim of a hit-and-run driver died Saturday, two days after being hit in a driveway at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Jay Edelstein, 57, died from his...

12/29/2016

article Florida legislators willing to compromise for gambling agreement with Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- The House and Senate chambers in the state of Florida remain in disagreement on whether or not slot machines should be allowed in eight counties, despite...

12/26/2016

article Federal judge declines to reconsider Florida “banked” card games ruling
(Florida) -- In Florida, a federal judge has rejected a motion from state lawyers to reconsider his previous ruling that gave the Seminole Tribe Of Florida the exclusive...

12/25/2016

article Judge refuses reconsideration in Seminole tribe gambling ruling
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida has scored another legal victory against the state of Florida over a gambling agreement made in 2010.

12/24/2016

article Seminole Casinos Deck State with Upheld Ruling, Can Continue Offering Blackjack Until 2030
(Florida) -- Seminole casinos can continue offering blackjack for at least the next 14 years at the tribe’s six gambling venues in Florida. US District Judge...

12/23/2016

article Judge denies Florida’s request to reconsider Seminole gambling ruling
(Florida) -- Seminole Tribe – 2, Florida – 0. Florida’s Seminole Tribe scored another victory in its legal battle against the state this week, when a...
article Judge Upholds Decision To Let Seminole Tribe Keep Blackjack In Florida
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida will still be able to keep its blackjack tables, after a federal court this week upheld a ruling made last month.

12/22/2016

article Federal judge declines to reconsider Florida “banked” card games ruling
(Florida) -- In Florida, a federal judge has rejected a motion from state lawyers to reconsider his previous ruling that gave the Seminole Tribe Of Florida the exclusive...
article Judge Won't Reconsider Tribe Gambling Ruling
(Florida) -- A federal judge has flatly refused a request from Gov. Rick Scott's administration to reconsider a ruling that Florida violated a gambling agreement...
article No deal: Federal judge won’t change blackjack ruling
(Florida) -- A federal judge is telling the state of Florida that he won’t back off his decision to let the Seminole Tribe of Florida keep blackjack at its casinos...

12/21/2016

article Judge won't reconsider Seminole gambling ruling
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe scored another legal victory this week when a judge reaffirmed his ruling that Florida violated its gambling agreement with the tribe.
article Seminole Classic Casino goes modern
(Florida) -- Seminole Classic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, Hollywood, 954-961-3220, SeminoleClassicCasino.com) has finished construction of a premium slot room and...

12/20/2016

article Federal judge won’t change mind on blackjack decision
(Florida) -- A federal judge has rejected the state’s request to reconsider his ruling allowing the Seminole Tribe of Florida to keep blackjack at its casinos. In...
article Seminole Tribe objects to any about-face on blackjack ruling
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida is opposing the state’s asking a federal judge to reconsider his decision to let the Tribe keep blackjack at its casinos...
article Seminole Tribe pays state nearly $20M in gambling money
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida has paid the state nearly $20 million this month in gambling revenue share, according to public records released Tuesday. The...
article Seminole Hard Rock helps grandparents who raise their grandchildren this Christmas
(Florida) -- With only five days left until Christmas, volunteers from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino lent a helping hand to grandparents raising their own...

12/19/2016

article Seminole Say Fla. Judge's Card Game Ruling Is On Point [sub req]
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe on Friday blasted a bid by Florida to alter a post-bench-trial ruling that the tribe can keep offering card games such as blackjack and...
article State asks federal judge to reverse ruling in Seminole Tribe lawsuit
(Florida) -- U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle agreed with the tribe that the designated-player games at pari-mutuels violate a 2010 agreement that gave the tribe...

12/18/2016

article State Wants Judge to Reconsider Gambling Ruling
(Florida) -- The state this week asked a federal judge to reconsider his decision that Florida violated a $1 billion gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe.

12/17/2016

article Gretna Racing Asks Judge to Change Florida Banked Card Game Ruling
(Florida) -- In a motion filed this week, attorneys for Creek Entertainment Gretna, a pari-mutuel racing facility and poker room located about 30 miles outside of...

12/16/2016

article Florida asks Federal judge to reconsider November “banked” card games ruling
(Florida) -- Lawyers working for the Florida Department Of Business And Professional Regulation have reportedly filed a motion requesting that a Federal judge reconsider...
article State wants judge to reconsider gambling ruling
(Florida) -- The state this week asked a federal judge to reconsider his decision that Florida violated a $1 billion gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe. The...

12/14/2016

article Gambling money still going into GR, DBPR says
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida‘s gambling revenue share payments are continuing to go into the state’s General Revenue Fund, the Department of...

12/13/2016

article Where’s the Seminoles’ gambling money? State’s not clear
(Florida) -- A state agency that reports to Gov. Rick Scott isn’t clear on the location of millions of dollars the Seminole Tribe says it’s still ponying up...

12/12/2016

article Seminole Tribe of Florida making payments that will total $306M this year
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida said Thursday it continues to make payments to the state that will total $306 million this year. A federal judge last month...

12/11/2016

article Seminoles Keep Money Flowing Amid Gambling Talks
(Florida) -- After meeting this week with Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to try to reach a gambling agreement, the Seminole Tribe of Florida said Thursday it...

12/10/2016

article Seminole Tribe Of Florida continuing to pay during compact negotiations
(Florida) -- As it continues meetings with the administration of Republican governor Rick Scott regarding its expired gaming compact, the Seminole Tribe Of Florida has...

12/9/2016

article Looking back, Florida should have taken Seminoles’ deal
(Florida) -- It has been a full year since Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed a seven-year agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would have brought $3...
article Seminoles Keep Money Flowing Amid Gambling Talks
(Florida) -- While they try to reach a gambling deal with Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, the Seminole Tribe of Florida continues to make payments to the state...
article Seminoles still paying state blackjack money—for now
(Florida) -- A Seminole Tribe of Florida spokesman Thursday declined comment on whether the tribe would stop payment to the state from its blackjack revenue.

12/8/2016

article Had Legislators Followed Rick Scott a Year Ago, Gambling Mess Would've Been Over
(Florida) -- A full year after Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposed a monumental gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the opportunity seems lost.

12/7/2016

article Seminole Tribe breaks fire contract with Immokalee
(Florida) -- The Immokalee Fire Department is losing hundreds of thousands of dollars after the Seminole Tribe decided not to renew its fire services contract with the...

12/6/2016

article Rick Scott mum on meeting with Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday held his cards close to his vest about the future of a gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Seminole Gaming CEO...

12/4/2016

article Seminole Hard Rock Casino holds Winterfest Black Tie Ball
(Florida) -- The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino hosted a night of drinking and dancing, Saturday. The Winterfest Black Tie Ball took place in Hollywood, where...

12/2/2016

article Seminole Tribe Toy Drive At Seminole Classic Casino
(Florida) -- Want to help children have a wonderful holiday this year? It’s easy and you can make children happy by donating to the annual Toy Drive organized by...
article Seminole Hard adds smoke-free blackjack tables
(Florida) -- If you or somebody you know has ever skipped a trip to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa because there's just too much smoke in the place, they...
press release Fitch Upgrades Seminole Tribe's IDR to 'BBB'; Outlook Stable
(New York) -- Fitch Ratings has upgraded Seminole Tribe of Florida's (STOF) Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to 'BBB' from 'BBB-'. Fitch has also affirmed...

11/30/2016

article All bets are off
(Florida) -- WHILE THE MANAGER OF LEE COUNTY’S Lucky Café, hunkered in a Cape Coral strip mall beside a Chinese restaurant, welcomed visitors through her neon-lit...

11/29/2016

article State busts in legal showdown with Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- The state of Florida has lost a major legal showdown with the Seminole Tribe over whether or not the tribe could continue playing Blackjack and Baccarat at...
article An alligator wrestler, a casino boss and a $12 billion American tribe
(Florida) -- Jim Allen has been up since 3 am leaving voice mails for himself at the office and is now weaving through the flashing slot machines and blackjack tables on...

11/28/2016

article Seminole Gambling Agreement Likely On The Table This Session
(Florida) -- An attempt to create a new gambling agreement between the state and Seminole Indian Tribe failed last legislative session, but Florida’s legislative...
article Seminole Tribe sells citrus operations
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida and William G. Roe & Sons sold their citrus juice operations to Miami-based Sun Orchard. Winter Haven-based Blue Lake...

11/23/2016

article Florida Senate President Wants Gambling Deal with Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said Tuesday he hopes to reach a new gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, pointing in part to potential...
article Florida senate prez to push for new Seminole gaming compact
(Florida) -- Florida’s new senate president says he’ll push for a fresh gaming compact with the state’s Seminole Tribe in the upcoming legislative...
article New Legislature leader hopes to reach gambling deal with Seminoles
(Florida) -- Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said Tuesday he hopes to reach a new gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, pointing in part to potential...
article Seminole Compact to be revisited, Richard Corcoran says
(Florida) -- Richard Corcoran, who assumed the speakership of the Florida House on Tuesday, said lawmakers in Florida will revisit a compact between the Seminole Tribe...
article Seminole Tribe Finds Ally For New Compact in State Senate President Joe Negron
(Florida) -- The powerful Seminole Tribe is operating blackjack tables at its six land-based casinos in Florida without an appropriate state gaming compact. That is...

11/22/2016

article Joe Negron will support new Seminole Compact next session
(Florida) -- Answering a $3 billion question, Senate President Joe Negron Tuesday said he backed passage next session of a renewed gambling agreement with the Seminole...
article Negron wants gambling deal with Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said Tuesday he hopes to reach a new gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, pointing in part to potential...

11/17/2016

article Seminole Hard Rock Tampa brings in drones for construction updates (Video)
(Florida) -- Send in the drones. That’s the tack that the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is taking as it uses aerial filmmaking to provide its guests...

11/15/2016

article Seminole’s new leader may lose job on a technicality
(Florida) -- After ushering in a new era with the election of a new Seminole tribal chair on Oct. 31, the tribe may be poised to usher it right back out again. The...

11/14/2016

article A recall, an ouster, an election, now a do-over in Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida is considering conducting yet another election to select a chairman, after members complained that the winner of an Oct. 31...

11/13/2016

article Judge: State Violated Seminole Gaming Deal
(Florida) -- Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Level 2 (Nick Sortal)The state of Florida’s misplay of allowing “designated player” games at racetrack card...
article Seminole Victory: Judge Rules Tribe Can Keep House-Banked Table Games for 14 Years
(Florida) -- On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that the Seminole Tribe of Florida may keep its blackjack tables through 2030.

11/12/2016

article Business briefs: Seminole Casino to hold job fair
(Florida) -- Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee will host a job fair, Wednesday, with sessions taking place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. in the Seminole Center.

11/11/2016

article Seminole Tribe wins big decision in gaming dispute with Florida
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe scored a big victory on Wednesday in a gaming dispute with the state of Florida. In a 36-page decision, Judge Robert Hinkle said the...
article Seminoles Now Hold the Cards, So Florida Might Negotiate
(Florida) -- Judge Robert Hinkle ruled on Wednesday that Florida violated a deal allowing the Seminole Tribe exclusive rights to blackjack and other table games. The...

11/10/2016

article Seminole Tribe of Florida can keep blackjack at casinos
(Florida) -- The federally recognized Seminole Tribe of Florida has won the right to keep offering blackjack at its Florida casinos. After a five-year exclusivity clause...

11/9/2016

article Federal court favors Seminoles in gambling lawsuit
(Florida) -- Siding with the Seminole Tribe over the state of Florida, federal Judge Robert Hinkle on Wednesday ruled that the tribe can continue to offer blackjack and...
article Florida’s Seminole Tribe wins house-banked game legal fight
(Florida) -- Florida’s Seminole Tribe has emerged victorious in its legal fight with the state over the right to offer blackjack and other banked card games at its...
article Happy day at Hard Rock: Seminoles get to keep blackjack
(Florida) -- A federal judge on Wednesday ruled the Seminole Tribe of Florida can continue to offer blackjack and other “banked card games” to its Hard Rock...
article Judge: Seminole Tribe can keep blackjack
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which runs some of the state's best-known and most profitable casinos, scored a major victory Wednesday after a federal...
article Seminole Tribe Can Keep Dealing Blackjack, Baccarat until 2030
(Florida) -- U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled Wednesday the state broke an exclusivity deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, part of the 2010 Seminole Compact...
article Seminole Tribe gets big win in gambling dispute
(Florida) -- Striking a blow to the state, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Seminole Tribe of Florida can continue to offer blackjack at its casinos for another...
article Seminole Tribe of Florida Wins Battle to Keep Blackjack
(Florida) -- A federal judge says that the Seminole Tribe of Florida can keep blackjack tables at its casinos. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle on Wednesday sided with...

11/4/2016

article Seminole Tribe ‘Almost’ Re-Elects Ousted Leader
(Florida) -- The presidential election isn’t the only recent nail-biter that has been heightened by scandal. On Monday, the Seminole Tribe of Florida almost...

11/2/2016

article Marcellus Osceola wins election to head Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- In a close vote, the Seminole Tribe of Florida selected Marcellus W. Osceola Jr. as its new chairman, replacing James E. Billie, who was ousted Sept. 28.
article Cordish subsidiary produces documentary about Seminole leader
(Maryland) -- A subsidiary of Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. has produced a documentary about the longtime, but recently ousted chairman of Florida's Seminole Tribe.

11/1/2016

article In precarious position, Seminole Tribe picks new leader
(Florida) -- A month after ousting their last leader, the Seminole Tribe of Florida on Tuesday announced it has selected Marcellus W. Osceola Jr. as its new chairman.
article Marcellus Osceola Jr. elected chairman of Seminole Tribe of Florida
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida elected Marcellus W. Osceola Jr. Monday as its new chairman, Tribe spokesman Gary Bitner announced Tuesday in a news release.

10/24/2016

article D'ERRICO: Seminole ‘Tribe’ Embraces ‘Domestic Dependency’
(USA) -- The Seminole Nation has a high profile in litigation about Indian gaming. In 1991, the Seminole sued the State of Florida under the U.S. Indian Gaming...

10/19/2016

article An Alligator Wrestler, A Casino Boss And A $12 Billion Tribe
(Florida) -- Jim Allen has been up since 3 a.m. leaving voice mails for himself at the office and is now weaving through the flashing slot machines and blackjack tables...
article One Ounce Club at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
(Florida) -- There are nightclubs, sports clubs, even country clubs, and Deco loves them all. Deco’s social butterfly, Chris Van Vliet has a look at one of the...

10/16/2016

article Alligator Warrior Festival brings history to life
(Florida) -- As combat goes, the Battle of San Felasco Hammock near what is now Alachua in the Second Seminole War on Sept. 18, 1836, was more of a skirmish, and it...

10/8/2016

article Florida vs. Seminoles Long-Standing Blackjack Battle Likely to Get Ruling
(Florida) -- A federal judge in Tallahassee appears to be siding with the Seminole Tribe in their quest continue to offer “banked” card games at their seven...

10/7/2016

article Inside Gaming: Seminoles Gain Hard Rock Rights, Battle State in Court Over Compact
(Florida) -- This week's installment of Inside Gaming updates three ongoing stories involving the Seminole Tribe of Florida, including its recent acquisition of the...

10/5/2016

article Blackjack trial comes to close as judge questions state’s case
(Florida) -- A federal judge shellacked an attorney for the state of Florida during closing arguments Friday in a trial over whether the Seminole Tribe gets to continue...
article Federal judge critical of Florida gambling regulators
(Florida) -- A skeptical federal judge Wednesday criticized the agency under Florida Gov. Rick Scott that oversees gambling and signaled he's going to rule the...
article Judge Appears to Side with Seminoles in Gambling Dispute
(Florida) -- A federal judge appeared convinced Wednesday that Florida gambling regulators' decision to allow controversial card games violated an agreement with the...
article Tribe seeks to halt water standards amid appeal
(Florida) -- After losing an initial legal round, the Seminole Tribe of Florida is asking a judge to block the state Department of Environmental Protection from moving...

10/4/2016

article Seminole Tribe Of Florida takes “exclusivity” fight to federal court
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe Of Florida is in federal court this week arguing that it should be able to keep the sole right to offer “banked” card games...
article Seminole, Florida state trade barbs over gambling compact
(Florida) -- State attorneys and the Seminole Tribe immediately locked horns inside a Florida courtroom as the trial that could shape the future of gambling in the...
article Stories at odds in dispute over card games
(Florida) -- A top gambling regulator Tuesday blamed a lower-level state employee for a decision involving controversial "designated-player" card games, which...
article Trial over Seminole casinos to wrap up Wednesday
(Florida) -- A crucial federal trial that could shape of the future of gambling in Florida is wrapping up. Attorneys for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state will...
article Seminole Tribe seeks halt to water standards amid appeal
(Florida) -- After losing an initial legal round, the Seminole Tribe of Florida is asking a judge to block the state Department of Environmental Protection from moving...

10/3/2016

article Card Games at Heart of Trial Pitting State, Seminoles
(Florida) -- Lawyers for the state and the Seminole Tribe fired opening salvos Monday in a legal battle that could determine whether the tribe can continue to offer...
article Florida Gaming Regulators Face Seminoles; Judge Holds Cards
(Florida) -- A federal trial that could shape the future of gambling in Florida began Monday as attorneys for the state and the Seminole Tribe accused the other side of...
article Gambling Lawsuit Begins
(Florida) -- The cards are still being dealt at Seminole casinos in the state despite a deal between the Tribe and Florida expiring last year. As Matt Galka tells us,...
article No deal? Seminole tribe and Florida now head to court
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state are squaring off in a crucial federal trial that may affect the future of gambling in Florida. The trial...
article Seminole Gaming CEO says Dana Young skipped out on blackjack talks
(Florida) -- The head of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s gambling operations Monday testified that the Florida House’s Republican Leader disengaged in 2015...
article Seminole Tribe v. Florida: Federal court fight over blackjack rights
(Florida) -- The future of card gambling in Florida may depend on a federal trial which was scheduled to start Monday. The trial between the Seminole Tribe of Florida...
article ‘Good faith’ at issue in Seminole Tribe blackjack trial
(Florida) -- Questions of “good faith” were the nub of the first day of trial between the state and the Seminole Tribe over its ability to keep offering...

10/1/2016

article Seminole Tribe v. Florida to Begin Monday in Tallahassee Federal Court
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida's fight to keep exclusive statewide rights to offer blackjack and baccarat will continue in federal court in Tallahassee,...

9/30/2016

article What does the Seminole Tribe's surprise ouster of James Billie mean for Florida gambling, Tampa's Hard Rock?
(Florida) -- The ouster of James Billie, the chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, could further complicate the state's gambling industry, already mired in...

9/29/2016

article Seminole Tribe chairman Billie ousted from office by unanimous vote
(Florida) -- James Billie, the former alligator wrestler who built the Seminole Tribe of Florida into a major business enterprise, has once again been removed from...

9/28/2016

article Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman James Billie removed from office
(Florida) -- The Tribal Council of the Seminole Tribe of Florida unanimously voted Wednesday to remove Chairman James E. Billie from office, effective immediately,...

9/22/2016

article State Fights Ruling on Designated Player Card Games
(Florida) -- The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Thursday took the first step in appealing a judge’s ruling about lucrative “...

9/11/2016

article James F. Allen receives Casino Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award
(New Jersey) -- James F. Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and chairman of Hard Rock International, has received the Casino Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award. Allen was...

9/1/2016

article Judge questions state on card games Seminoles say breach compact
(Florida) -- A federal judge on Thursday appeared skeptical of the state’s defense of how gambling regulators handled controversial “designated player...

8/31/2016

article Judge Rules Against Florida In Card Game Dispute
(Florida) -- An administrative law judge said Friday that Florida’s gambling regulators were wrong to try to put a stop to “designated-player” games,...

8/22/2016

article South Florida’s Seminole Cowboys: Cattle Is ‘In Our DNA’
(Florida) -- Recently, on a hot summer morning with cumulus clouds towering overhead, black cattle grazed in South Florida fields, dotting the horizon along with clumps...

8/12/2016

article Seminole Tribe challenges toxin rule, prompting delay
(Florida) -- Florida environmentalists are hoping that a legal challenge by the Seminole Tribe of Florida will provide the catalyst needed to force state regulators to...

8/11/2016

article Understanding Gambling in Florida
(Florida) -- Florida is fast becoming a popular gambling location in the United States, but like other states in the country, the gambling laws aren’t clearly...
article Seminole Tribe challenges water pollution limits
(Florida) -- The battle over new limits on toxic chemicals that can be dumped into Florida’s surface waters isn’t over yet. The Seminole Tribe of Florida is...
article Seminole Tribe Challenges Water Standards
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida has filed a legal challenge against controversial new state water-quality standards, arguing they don't adequately take...

8/10/2016

article Seminoles Suing To Block Water Qaulity Standards
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida is asking an administrative law judge to block controversial new water quality standards the Seminoles say won’t protect...

8/3/2016

article Public events to honor unconquered Seminole
(Florida) -- A 19th century medicine man who was crucial to Native Americans’ survival in Southwest Florida will be honored this month with a road-renaming...

7/31/2016

article Fla. Appeals Court Says Tribe Was Immune Between Compacts [sub req]
(Florida) -- A Florida appeals court has found that the Seminole Tribe of Florida is immune from a slip and fall lawsuit filed by a woman who fell in a casino bathroom,...
article Tournament Season Resumes in Florida, Oklahoma
(Florida) -- After a few weeks off with the conclusion of the 2016 World Series of Poker – that is, everything but the “November Nine” – the...

7/28/2016

article State, Seminoles Spar Over Card Games
(Florida) -- Nearly a year after the expiration of a high-stakes gambling agreement, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and state regulators made pitches last week in a...

7/23/2016

article Seminole Hard Rock’s Jim Allen Gets Life Time Achievement Award
(Florida) -- More than four decades ago, long before he guided a Native American tribe to annual revenues of more than $2 billion, James F. Allen held a full-time job as...

7/14/2016

press release Seminole Gaming CEO receives lifetime achievement award
(Florida) -- James F. Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International, has received the Casino Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award.

7/6/2016

press release Seminole Gaming Receives Employee Engagement Best Use of Technology Award
(Florida) -- Florida-based Seminole Gaming is finding that when you bet on your employees, everyone wins. On June 22, the hotel and casino company received honors for...

7/4/2016

article Employee stabbed in abdomen during fight at Seminole Casino
(Florida) -- An employee of the NYY Steakhouse at the Seminole Casino was stabbed in the abdomen Monday morning after an altercation with another employee.

7/1/2016

article Step forward for Seminole Tribe Of Florida land-into-trust bid
(Florida) -- Nearly six years after starting a land-into-trust process, the Seminole Tribe Of Florida has received the final environmental impact statement from the...

6/30/2016

article Seminole Tribe takes a big step forward with land-into-trust bid
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe is finally seeing progress on a long-awaited plan to develop land around one of its casinos in southern Florida.

6/22/2016

article Gambling advocates seek oral argument against amendment
(Florida) -- Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment on gambling are asking permission from the Florida Supreme Court to argue against it at a future hearing.
article Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open returning with 28 tournaments
(Florida) -- Registration is now going on for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, which is running from July 28 to Aug. 16 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1...

6/21/2016

article Gambling advocates ask to argue against amendment in Florida
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to allow an argument at a future hearing against an amendment to the constitution which would give voters exclusive...

6/14/2016

article U.S. Supreme Court to Seminole Tribe: Pay your utility tax
(Florida) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has effectively decided the Seminole Tribe of Florida has to pay its utility tax — just like everybody else. The court on...

6/7/2016

article Seminoles, State Press Arguments In Gambling Case
(Florida) -- Accusing the state of essentially reneging on a 2010 deal, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has asked a federal judge to declare that tribal casinos have...
article State and tribe seek end to Indian gambling lawsuit
(Florida) -- The state of Florida and its Seminole Tribe each have filed motions for summary judgment in an ongoing gambling dispute. Both are locked in a federal-court...

6/3/2016

article While You Were Sleeping: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
(Florida) -- There’s a lot happening in Tampa Bay overnight. 8 On Your Side is taking a look at what goes on in our “While You Were Sleeping” series.

6/2/2016

article Card game at bestbet Jacksonville is test case in legal argument
(Florida) -- Gambling regulators and a pari-mutuel operator at odds over the legality of popular card games, first authorized by the state more than four years ago,...
article Seminole Tribe Wins Remand In Trust Row With Wells Fargo [sub req]
(Florida) -- A federal judge on Tuesday sent back to state court a suit by the Seminole Tribe of Florida alleging Wells Fargo Bank NA mismanaged a $1.4 billion trust for...

6/1/2016

article Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino begins vastly scaled down expansion in Tampa
(Florida) -- The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino said today it is expanding its Orient Road facility, but the project represents a fraction of what the casino had...

5/31/2016

article Casino Miami working on building upgrades, more nightlife
(Florida) -- It was first built for jai-alai more than 80 years ago, and slot machines have occupied it for only five, so understandably, there’s a lot of...

5/24/2016

article Gary Bitner Introduces Bitner Group
(Florida) -- Bitner Goodman, one of South Florida’s most respected public relations firms, will now be known as the Bitner Group. The name change was announced...

5/22/2016

article The state of the Seminole tribe’s compact with the Florida
(Florida) -- Gambling is the launch pad that gave the Seminole Tribe of Florida the financial capital to diversify Hard Rock. In Florida, that component is challenged....

5/17/2016

article Seminole tribe made $2.4B in 2015; information revealed in debated casino documents
(Florida) -- Efforts by the Seminole Tribe of Florida to block financial information from being published reveal that the tribe made $2.4 billion last year, the majority...

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