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Former Seminole Tribe chairman Howard Tommie dies at 78

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, according to his family.

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4/21/2018

article Scott, Seminoles reach deal on gambling money
(Florida) -- In exchange for payments to the state, the tribe would continue to have exclusive rights to offer games such as blackjack at its casinos and would continue...

4/19/2018

article Deal ’em: Rick Scott, Seminole Tribe agree on gambling money
(Florida) -- It’s another happy day at Hard Rock. Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday announced an agreement between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that “...
article Florida Gov. Rick Scott reaches $300 million deal with Seminole Tribe on gambling
(Florida) -- As legislative leaders hold behind-the-scenes talks about revamping the gambling industry, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced a deal that will lead to...
article Florida secures Seminole revenue extension; gaming session odds still good
(Florida) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday that the state has secured a one-year extension of the revenue sharing agreement within its lapsed gaming...
article Florida, Seminoles reach deal to extend casino revenue sharing
(Florida) -- Florida’s state government has reached a new gaming deal with the Seminole Tribe, but a special legislative session on gaming issues appears to still...
article Seminole Tribe agrees to keep sharing gaming revenue, but lawmakers want new deal
(Florida) -- In an effort to forestall a special legislative session to expand slot machine gaming around the state, the Seminole Tribe on Wednesday signed an agreement...
article Seminole Tribe and State of Florida Reach New Gambling Revenue-Sharing Agreement
(Florida) -- Governor Rick Scott announced that a new agreement was reached between the state of Florida and the local Seminole Tribe. Under the revenue-sharing...

4/18/2018

article Action-packed Poker Showdown ends at Seminole Hard Rock
(Florida) -- The 14-day Poker Showdown, with the final table of the $3 million World Poker Tour championship scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, had plenty of action.

4/15/2018

article 2018 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Day 1B: Uri Kadosh Maintains Overall Lead, Record Field for Event
(Florida) -- The opening salvos have been fired in the 2018 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and the shots have been spectacular.

4/13/2018

article BLOG: Poker Tournament Director of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tony Burns
(Florida) -- Tony Burns opens up about some of the issues facing the poker world today including BB Ante, making and meeting guarantees, dealing with Force Majeure and...

4/7/2018

article CR 721 to casino gets new striping
(Florida) -- The 15-mile stretch of Glades County Road 721, aka Reservation Road, that runs from State Road 70 on the north to State Road 78 on the south and carries...

4/4/2018

article All in: Seminole Tribe says it will keep paying state
(Florida) -- Despite a legal right to cut off the money, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has decided to continue paying the state its share of Indian casino gambling...
article No Casinos: With Tribe’s decision, no need for Special Session on gambling
(Florida) -- The head of an anti-casino gambling organization has again written to top lawmakers, saying the Seminole Tribe of Florida‘s commitment to keep paying...

4/3/2018

article Seminole Tribe’s lawyer says same old gambling proposals ‘won’t fly’
(Florida) -- Despite increasing calls for and against a Special Legislative Session on gambling, the Seminole Tribe‘s lawyer continues to back his client’s...
article No casinos suggests special session talk is ‘fictional crisis,’ Tribe’s lawyer says no imminent halt to payments
(Florida) -- Florida legislative leaders are expected to decide this week whether to pursue a special session to expand slot machines in some counties while it asks the...

3/28/2018

article Sure bet? Seminole gambling money will keep flowing, lawyer says
(Florida) -- Despite the end of a legal truce between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state this Saturday, don’t expect the Tribe’s gambling money to...

3/26/2018

press release John Kay & Steppenwolf will perform at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
(Florida) -- The legendary rock band John Kay & Steppenwolf will perform in The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m.

3/22/2018

article Man found guilty of murdering woman on Seminole reservation
(Florida) -- A Collier County jury took just over an hour to find a man guilty of murdering a woman on the Seminole Indian Reservation in 2014. Aaron Reyna killed Dana...

3/14/2018

article Pow Wow Festival & Parade fun: Seminole's annual event turns 50
(Florida) -- The Pow Wow Festival & Parade, the city of Seminole’s oldest and largest event, celebrated its 50th anniversary March 9-11. Over three days,...

3/5/2018

article Deal or no deal? Florida House passes gambling bill
(Florida) -- The Florida House is signing off on a 20-year gambling deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, but it's unclear if the legislation...
article House approves proposed Seminole gambling deal
(Florida) -- Though it remains unclear whether a deal can be reached with the Senate, the House on Monday approved a gambling bill that includes ratifying a long-term...
article Diver Finds Ancient Native American Burial Site On Sea Floor
(Florida) -- A diver in the Gulf of Mexico stumbled upon a 7,000-year-old underwater burial site off the coast of Florida. Archaeologists call the discovery...

2/28/2018

article SORTAL: Seminoles branch out into social gaming
(Florida) -- A powerful guitar riff blasts out of my laptop shortly after I enter the Hard Rock Social Casino website. Then background chatter, like you’d hear at...
article REVIEW: The Rez Grill Plays A Winning Hand At The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel And Casino
(Florida) -- A safe bet at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the quality of the restaurants and cocktail lounges. The hotel's newest...

2/26/2018

article All or nothing: House gambling bill moves to floor
(Florida) -- A House panel on Monday cleared the chamber’s gambling legislation for 2018, making it available for the floor. But the bill (HB 7067) still is far...
article Gambling agreement with the Seminoles ready to go to House floor
(Florida) -- A key House committee Monday approved an 83-page gambling bill that includes ratifying a 20-year agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. With the vote...

2/23/2018

article Florida Seminole Tribe Broadcasts Commercial Promoting New Gambling Compact
(Florida) -- The Florida’s Seminole Tribe is broadcasting a commercial which promotes a new gambling deal between the state and the Indian Nation. Local lawmakers...

2/22/2018

article Seminole Tribe ad is a Hail Mary for a gambling deal
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida is airing an ad in the Tallahassee market urging passage of a new gambling deal between the Tribe and the state.

2/19/2018

article Brian Altman Vies Second World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event Title
(Florida) -- Poker is not all about gambling, but a popular pastime and a way to unwind after an exhausting day at work. The opportunity to win nice is the adrenaline-...

2/18/2018

article Dominique Mosley Wins WSOP Circuit Seminole Casino Coconut Creek $3,250 High Roller
(Florida) -- Dominique Mosley, originally from North Carolina but currently residing in Florida, won the highest buy-in event on the schedule of the WSOP Circuit...
article Shaun Deeb Not Welcome at HighStakes Cash Game
(Florida) -- Double World Series of Poker bracelet winner Shaun Deeb had to find a new place to play this week after being told he wasn’t getting a seat at the...

2/14/2018

article Florida lawmakers scurry to renew Seminole gaming compact as deadlines near
(Florida) -- Give contending constituencies a piece of the pie and maybe things will work out. The Florida Senate is gambling on that strategy as lawmakers negotiate a...
article Seminoles Expected to Offer Compact Proposal Before End of Week
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers have been locked in negotiations with the powerful Seminole tribal operator this week, as they try to thrash out a new gaming compact.

2/13/2018

article Lawmakers Feeling Lucky on the Prospect of Passing Gambling Bill
(Florida) -- The State Senate is moving forward with sweeping gambling reform in the state. House Speaker Richard Corcoran says gaming is the one issue where the chances...
article Tribe, Legislative leaders huddle on gambling
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe could deal its opening bid before the end of the week as negotiations heat up with the state about a 20-year gambling pact, according to...

2/12/2018

article Is Tampa’s Hard Rock getting craps and roulette? It’ll be up to state lawmakers, Seminole Tribe.
(Florida) -- The odds have increased for a legislative compromise to update Florida’s gaming laws, one that would guarantee the state more money from the Seminole...

2/11/2018

article Florida Senate supports renewed gaming compact with Seminoles
(Florida) -- Florida legislators have tweaked their plans to revamp the state’s gambling market, although it remains to be seen whether the changes will fly with...

2/10/2018

article BLOG: Efforts To Legalize Fantasy Sports In Florida Tied Up With Gaming Expansion, Seminole Compact
(Florida) -- For as much as Florida profits from gaming and gambling, it has struggled mightily with daily fantasy sports. There’s no single reason for the lack of...
article Let’s make a deal? Florida legislators take up gambling bill
(Florida) -- The Florida Legislature is rolling into the sixth week of its annual session and there’s a big question out there: can legislators cut a deal on...

2/9/2018

article Ante up: Senate files new 90-page gambling bill
(Florida) -- The Senate made some big moves Friday in the annual legislative dance that is the negotiation for an omnibus gambling bill. The biggest move: The chamber...
article Lawmakers get revenue boost ahead of budget talks
(Florida) -- A surge in hurricane-recovery building and a change in the way the state collects gambling payments from the Seminole Tribe will give lawmakers a little...

2/8/2018

press release Neil Baxley named Director of Slot Operations at Seminole Coconut Creek
(Florida) -- Neil Baxley has been promoted to the position of Director of Slot Operations at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, where he is the highest ranking team member...

2/5/2018

article Road Trip: #TheResistance, a rock and roll spa and the Seminole Tribe of Florida
(Florida) -- The press release intrigued me: get a sweetgrass massage at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. WTF was sweetgrass? And, um, a casino? Yuck....

2/4/2018

article Seminole Tribe ‘insulted,’ doesn’t need gambling deal, lawyer says
(Florida) -- A lawyer for the Seminole Tribe of Florida on Friday said his client is offended over gambling that violates its exclusive agreement with the state and won...

2/3/2018

article Armed Robbery at Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, Suspect Still at Large
(Florida) -- An armed robber at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida, has made make off with a bundle of cash according to local reports.

2/2/2018

article Police searching for suspect in robbery at Seminole Hard Rock casino
(Florida) -- The police department serving the Seminole Tribe is searching for an armed suspect who robbed the Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel early Friday morning...
article Seminole Hard Rock Casino Cashier Robbed At Gunpoint
(Florida) -- Authorities have released two photos of a man allegedly involved in an armed robbery of a cashier in the Poker Room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &...
article Seminole Tribe investigates robbery at Florida casino poker room
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe is investigating an armed robbery at one of its casinos in Florida. According to Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, the robbery took place...
article VIDEO | Suspect in Seminole Hard Rock casino robbery
(Florida) -- The Seminole Police Department is searching for an armed robbery suspect who is accused of taking money from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

1/31/2018

article Brighton Casino adds table games
(Florida) -- A bit of Las Vegas glamour came to Glades County on Tuesday for the introduction of Blackjack and Three-Card Poker table games at Seminole Casino Brighton....

1/26/2018

article House gambling bill to pari-mutuels: Drop dead
(Florida) -- The House on Friday dropped its 83-page omnibus gambling bill for 2018, which reads like a love letter to the Seminole Tribe of Florida and a poison pen...
article Despite Seminole concerns, fantasy sports bill ready in Senate
(Florida) -- A Senate bill to exempt fantasy sports play from state gambling regulation cleared its last committee this week, making it available for the floor. But...

1/22/2018

press release Seminole Casino Immokalee names assistant general manager
(Florida) -- Edward Aguilar has been named Assistant General Manager and Vice President for Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee. Aguilar is an enrolled member of the...

1/20/2018

article Weekly Roundup: Capitol Grapples with Porn, Gambling, Storms
(Florida) -- Plants froze. Pipes burst. Noses dripped. Temperatures approached the teens this week in Tallahassee, causing a conundrum for visitors to the Capitol from...
article 2017 Trends Continue In 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Super High Roller
(Florida) -- Two major poker trends from 2017 continued to kick off the 2018 South Florida poker calendar at the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Super High...

1/11/2018

article City of Jacksonville may support lawsuit to shut down local internet cafes
(Florida) -- The City of Jacksonville may be getting involved in the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s attempt to shut down several Jacksonville internet cafes.

1/10/2018

article 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Schedule
(Florida) -- The Lucky Hearts Poker Open is coming back to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida soon. Last year the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky...
article Lucky Hearts tournament breaks open at Seminole Hard Rock
(Florida) -- Seminole casinos continue to dominate South Florida’s multimillion-dollar poker scene. This time, it’s the Lucky Hearts Poker Open, running...

1/5/2018

article A new way to calculate gambler reward points
(Atlantic City) -- There have long been two basic approaches to player rewards programs. The first is to reveal how many dollars in play it takes to earn a point and how...

1/2/2018

article REVIEW: Seminole Classic marks 35 years with bingo bash
(Florida) -- Decades before there were slot machines and blackjack tables in South Florida, there was bingo. And the place that started it all -- so much of a local...

12/17/2017

article Seminole Brighton Casino set for blackjack and more
(Florida) -- Seminole Brighton Casino will preview blackjack and other table games to its guests starting Monday, according to a news release Friday. The casino, located...

12/15/2017

press release Seminole Casino Brighton introduces table games
(Florida) -- The casino located northwest of Lake Okeechobee is currently putting the finishing touches on a new pit area (encompassing 750 square feet), which will...

12/14/2017

article Seminole Tribe suing Jacksonville 'electronic gambling parlors'
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida has filed a lawsuit against 11 operators of "electronic gambling parlors" in Duval County for infringing upon the tribe's...
article Gambler unlocks the secret code to calculating Seminole casino payback rates
(Florida) -- Gambling expert and bestselling author Steve Bourie has shared with the world how he cracked the secrets of the Seminole casinos’ closely guarded payback...

12/13/2017

article Seminole Tribe now going after Jax ‘gambling parlors’
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida has filed suit against 25 operators of what’s called “electronic gambling parlors” in the Jacksonville area...
article As gambling options grow, compacts get more complicated
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida has sounded an alarm that likely will become familiar in the coming years: that their exclusivity is being compromised because...

12/9/2017

article Lawmakers Look To Clarify Playing Fantasy Sports Is Not Gambling
(Florida) -- Lawmakers are once again working to assure the 3-million Floridians who play fantasy sports with friends that they’re not breaking the law. A measure...
article Seminole Tribe Warns Florida Legislators That DFS Bill May Violate Compact
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida has sent a letter to members of the Florida legislature, warning them that a bill to legalize daily fantasy sports (DFS)...

12/7/2017

article Florida’s Seminole Tribe Threatens to Cease Payments Due to Potential Fantasy Sports Legislation
(Florida) -- In the world of entertainments, there are new gaming options springing every day. Some of them are more successful than others, but all of them are...

12/5/2017

press release Gambling Author Says He Knows What Slots Are Set to Pay Back to the Public at Seminole Casinos in Florida
(Florida) -- The author of America's #1 best-selling book on casino gambling and travel says he has developed a simple formula to calculate the theoretical payback...

12/1/2017

article Hollywood Hard Rock casino could feature 450 foot guitar tower
(Florida) -- The expansion of the Hollywood Hard Rock casino could include an eye-catching 450-foot ‘guitar tower’ according to media reports. Orlandoweekly....

11/26/2017

article Hard Rock opening 450ft tall hotel shaped like a giant guitar
(Florida) -- Construction of a giant 450 foot Hard Rock Hotel shaped like a guitar has finally been given the green light. Fireworks, a fanfare and guitar smashing...

11/25/2017

article Seminole tribe member wishes for Native Americans to have a bigger voice
(Florida) -- D’Anna Osceola holds on to the color of her culture: a painting of little black bird silhouettes with a light blue backdrop sits on a shelf in her office at...

11/22/2017

article SORTAL: Seminoles on gambling expansion: Hold. That. Line!
(Florida) -- It’s football season, so let’s use football terms to look Florida gambling: the Seminole Tribe of Florida had a successful summer of playing...

11/20/2017

article Motlow first Seminole Tribe member to score for Florida St.
(Florida) -- Justin Motlow accomplished something on Saturday that has never happened in the 71-year history of Florida State football.

11/16/2017

article Jackpot! Florida Slots Player Wins $2.3 Million at Seminole Hard Rock
(Florida) -- Jackpots are hit at casinos around the world every day, but when they stretch into the millions of dollars, people start to take notice. That’s what...

11/2/2017

article Seminole Tribe of FL plans $1.5B Hard Rock expansion featuring guitar-shaped hotel
(Florida) -- Rather than just providing an opportunity to gamble, casinos are becoming entertainment destinations with games of chance as just one component. In July,...
article Seminoles break ground on $1.5bn expansion of Hard Rock Hotel
(Florida) -- Tribal leaders and gaming executives from the Seminole Tribe of Florida have commenced work on a $1.5bn expansion of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in...
article The Rez Grill is the latest celeb-chef concept coming to the Seminole Hard Rock
(Florida) -- Newish Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa president Joe Lupo sat across the table from newly appointed creative culinary director Frank Anderson.

10/19/2017

article Court gives boost to legal fight against new state rule that would allow more toxins in water
(Florida) -- After a year of legal hurdles, the city of Miami and Seminole Tribe of Florida can now move forward with a lawsuit challenging a state rule that would allow...

10/17/2017

article Miami Judge Dismisses Seminole Tribe's Utility Tax Challenge
(Florida) -- A Miami federal judge dismissed the Seminole Tribe of Florida's second lawsuit seeking relief from state utility taxes, ruling the issue was already...

9/23/2017

article Ex-Seminole chief experiences UNCP
(North Carolina) -- The networking efforts of the curator of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Museum of the Southeast American Indian is paying off....

9/19/2017

article Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to hire 50 for fine dining restaurant
(Florida) -- If you have friends who work in the restaurant industry, you might want to let them know about a new restaurant that will be hiring 50 people. The Seminole...
article Country star Lee Greenwood to perform at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee
(Florida) -- He's proud to be an American and he's happy to be coming to Collier County: Country star Lee Greenwood performs at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee...

9/16/2017

article Seminole Tribe reports little damage to casinos after Hurricane Irma hits Florida
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe has emerged mostly unscathed from Hurricane Irma. The tribe closed some of its gaming facilities and limited operations at others as the...

9/14/2017

article Seminole Tribe reports little damage to casinos after Hurricane Irma hits Florida
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe has emerged mostly unscathed from Hurricane Irma. The tribe closed some of its gaming facilities and limited operations at others as the...

9/9/2017

article Hurricane Irma: President Trumps signs Emergency Declaration for Seminole Tribe of Florida
(Florida) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to...

9/7/2017

article Seminole Tribe Member Motlow Makes Strides With Receivers
(Florida) -- More than anyone who has ever played football at Florida State, Justin Motlow is a Seminole. No, really. Motlow’s grandmother, Louise, is 100-percent...

8/30/2017

article Florida Launches Aggressive Crackdown on Designated Player Games at Pari-mutuel Venues
(Florida) -- Florida gambling chiefs have launched legal action against two pari-mutuel venues, the Sarasota Kennel Club and Pensacola Greyhound Racing, for their...

8/20/2017

article History comes alive at St. Augustine Seminole Wars convocation
(Florida) -- The drum beat a slow, mournful cadence as a procession of soldiers in 1842 uniforms led by two mounted cavalrymen proceeded down St. Augustine’s...
article The Crisis of 1849 and the establishment of Fort Hamer
(Florida) -- During the 19th century, the United States was a rapidly growing nation, acquiring many new territories. This rapid acquisition of land led to a direct need...

8/17/2017

article Martin Kozlov Wins SHRPO 2017 Championship, John Andress Proves ‘Chip and a Chair’ Theory Once More
(Florida) -- Earlier this week, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino completed its 18-event 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) series in South Florida....

8/16/2017

article Florida and Seminole Tribe deal benefits state finances
(Florida) -- A deal struck between the US state of Florida as the Seminole Tribe is reportedly bringing significant economic benefits. State officials have most recently...
article LENS: Humanity’s Hand in Shaping the Everglades
(Florida) -- Many of Adam Nadel’s photographs are, at first glance, quiet landscapes devoid of human presence. Nothing could be further from the truth. “...

8/15/2017

article Florida budget aided by new gambling deal with Seminoles
(Florida) -- A new gambling deal between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe is going to help legislators balance the budget. State officials are meeting Tuesday...
article Florida Budget Back In The Black Helped By Gambling Profits
(Florida) -- Florida economists are out with their latest predictions about the state’s financial health over the next couple of budget years.

8/14/2017

article Seminoles, Scott Meet In ‘Social Visit’
(Florida) -- Florida Governor Rick Scott recently met at the governor's mansion with representatives of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Billed as a "social visit...

8/10/2017

article Florida casinos performing very nicely for Seminole Hard Rock group
(Florida) -- The Seminole Hard Rock group’s Florida casino portfolio garnered $2.3 billion in the 2015-16 period, reports the Miami Herald, marking a significant...
article Lehigh Acres man accused of stealing $18K from Seminole Casino while working on slot machines
(Florida) -- A Lehigh Acres man was arrested Wednesday after officers said he stole close to $18,000 from the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee while working there as a...

8/7/2017

article Over salmon, Rick Scott thanks Seminole Tribe representatives
(Florida) -- A month after ending a long-running blackjack dispute, Gov. Rick Scott met with representatives of the Seminole Tribe of Florida on Monday in what was...
article Cayman Islands politico didn’t grab casino employee’s butt after all
(Florida) -- A high-ranking elected official of the Cayman Islands arrested by police July 17 at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is off the hook. The Broward County...
press release The Seminole Tribe of Florida Announces Early Results of its Cash Tender Offer For its 6.535% Gaming Division Bonds Series 2005B due 2020
(Florida) -- On July 24, 2017, the Tribe commenced the Tender Offer in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase and related Letter of...

8/1/2017

article Climate Change Has Damaged Historic Seminole Sites, Archaeologists Say
(Arizona) -- Despite some GOP members’ skepticism about the state of the environment, climate change continues to affect the geographically vulnerable ecology of...

7/25/2017

article Seminole Tribe of Florida announces $100 million bond offering
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida is allowing registered bondholders to purchase up to $100 million of its gaming bonds. The Hollywood-based Tribe announced...
article Those bright slot machines? It’s Orion
(Florida) -- Lights flash and bells jingle on most casino slot floors, but one brand of machines is really catching players’ eyes. The games are made by AGS and...

7/24/2017

press release The Seminole Tribe of Florida Announces Cash Tender Offer For up to $100,000,000 of its 6.535% Gaming Division Bonds Series 2005B due 2020
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida (the "Tribe") announced today the commencement of an offer to purchase for cash (the "Tender Offer"),...

7/14/2017

article Seminoles, Scott Use Court Cases To Meet Their Gambling Objective
(Florida) -- Once again, it took the courts, not the Florida legislature, to generate some progress regarding the state’s gambling landscape. Last week, Governor...

7/13/2017

article Seminoles Settle Blackjack Dispute With Florida
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe and the state of Florida last week reached an agreement ending a dispute over the tribe’s exclusivity to house-banked card games in...

7/11/2017

article Judge files order after ruling ‘pre-reveal’ games are illegal slots
(Florida) -- As expected, a Tallahassee judge has entered a written order following his decision last month that he had gotten it “wrong the first time” and...

7/10/2017

article Seminoles and Scott Strike Black Jack Deal But Not Everyone Is Happy
(Florida) -- Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have reached a settlement deal over the tribe’s ability to offer games like black jack...
article Seminoles Settle Blackjack Dispute With Florida
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe and the state of Florida last week reached an agreement ending a dispute over the tribe’s exclusivity to house-banked card games in...

7/8/2017

article Gambling agreement could impact Sarasota Kennel Club
(Florida) -- A settlement agreement reached Wednesday night between State of Florida regulators and the Seminole Tribe of Florida ended one courtroom battle.
article Weekly Roundup: Revenge of History
(Florida) -- The Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano once said: "History never really says goodbye. It says, 'See you later.' " In Florida this week,...

7/7/2017

article Florida unlocks $220 million in escrowed funds reaching agreement with the Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- The state of Florida has reached an important agreement with the Seminole Tribe, settling the lawsuit that’s been pending in the Federal Court for...

7/6/2017

article Florida and Local Seminole Tribe Finally Reach an Agreement
(Florida) -- The state of Florida has finally resolved its legal issues with the local Seminole Tribe, reaching an agreement with it. The agreement is to result in...
article New gambling deal leaves racetracks and Seminoles at odds
(Florida) -- South Florida racetracks that offer certain types of card games are trying to hold onto the lucrative business after the state of Florida reached a...
article Seminole Tribe and Florida Governor Settle Blackjack Exclusivity Dispute
(Florida) -- Florida’s Seminole Tribe and Governor Rick Scott reached an agreement about the tribe’s exclusivity over the provision of blackjack within the...
article Seminole Tribe and Florida Reach Agreement in Gambling Dispute
(Florida) -- The state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe have finally reached an agreement in regards to their ongoing gambling dispute. The dispute stemmed from the...
article Seminole Tribe settles blackjack dispute with Florida
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida have confirmed the settlement of a two-year legal dispute with the state of Florida over the provision of blackjack tables...
article State Hits It Big By Settling Gaming Differences with Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida gets to keep dealing blackjack, racinos will be ordered to fold their banked card games and the state can tap into at least $...

7/5/2017

article Florida hits $340 million jackpot by settling gambling dispute with Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- Blackjack will continue uninterrupted at casinos run by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, parimutuels will be ordered to stop offering controversial competing...
article Florida, Seminole Tribe reach deal on state’s gambling future
(Florida) -- Florida has settled its longstanding feud over gambling rights with the state’s Seminole Tribe, for the time being, at least. On Wednesday, state...
article New deal: Florida and Seminoles settle blackjack dispute
(Florida) -- The state of Florida is ending its legal tussle with the Seminole Tribe of Florida over the tribe's estimated $2 billion a year gambling operation. The...
article New deal: Florida and Seminoles settle blackjack dispute
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida and the administration of Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday ended a legal tussle over the tribe’s estimated $2 billion a year...

7/3/2017

article Chickee hut builder didn't have permit --- but state says that's okay now
(Florida) -- Last fall, Indian Rocks architect Stephen J. Spencer built a chickee hut on stilts in the waters off Anclote Key. When Florida Department of Environmental...

6/20/2017

article Designated player games return to Florida poker rooms
(Florida) -- Some Florida poker rooms are restoring legally challenged designated player games, thanks to a change of heart by the state. The Casino @ Dania Beach re-...
article Florida Seminole Tribe’s Bond Credit Rating Upgraded by Moody’s, Fitch
(Florida) -- The Seminoles of Florida are going to save a lot of money in the coming months, after bond and credit rating services Moody’s and Fitch both upgraded...

6/19/2017

article Judge changes his mind on slot machines. This ruling favors Seminole Tribe
(Florida) -- A judge Monday reversed a previous decision about devices, known as “pre-reveal games,” that critics argue are unregulated slot machines. Leon...
article Judge Reverses Decision, Makes Pre Reveal Games Illegal
(Florida) -- A Circuit Court Judge has reversed his ruling on Pre Reveal Game Machines to reclassify them as illegal slots. The ruling comes after the judge was asked to...
article Judge reverses himself, decides ‘pre-reveal’ machines are slots
(Florida) -- In a stunning reversal, a Tallahassee judge on Monday decided he had gotten it “wrong the first time around” and decided that games known as...
article How two rating agencies view the Seminole Tribe's casino investments
(Florida) -- Two ratings agencies gave a strong thumbs up to the Broward County-based Seminole Tribe of Florida’s bank debt and bonds that are being used, in part...

6/18/2017

article Lawyers to face off in hearing over ‘pre-reveal’ games
(Florida) -- Lawyers for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and companies behind what are known as “pre-reveal” games—a name they apparently disdain—...

6/17/2017

article Florida Seminole Hard Rock Poker Rooms Undergo Changes
(Florida) -- With the state of Nevada and especially the Las Vegas Strip shedding poker tables, it is arguable that poker’s new destination spot could very well be...

6/16/2017

press release Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming Respond to Moody's Upgrades, Fitch Affirmation and New Ratings
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming today responded to news from Moody's Investors Service that it has upgraded the Tribe's existing...

6/10/2017

article Seminoles keep the ‘taxes’ they collect at the Hard Rock hotels
(Florida) -- Book a room at any hotel in Hillsborough County and there will be a 12 percent tax on the bill. Some of that money goes to the state and some to the county...

6/7/2017

article Guarding history: Seminole Indian tribe to celebrate anniversary
(Florida) -- Keepers of the tribal pride, with a long history of service to their country, four brave warriors will be remembered on June 17, as the Absentee Seminole...

5/27/2017

article Tracing Your Roots: My Black Ancestors Were Indian Scouts
(Florida) -- Research reveals a Black Seminole family’s continent-crossing migration in search of freedom and battlefield glory. Dear Professor Gates: I’ve...

5/24/2017

article Seminole casinos land World Series of Poker tournaments
(Florida) -- In a significant change of venue, the Seminoles are now hosting two World Series of Poker Circuit tournaments. In previous years, the tournaments took place...

5/16/2017

article Despite lack of deal, Seminole Tribe still paying state millions
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida has given the state of Florida another multi-million dollar payday. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation...
article Fresh off Atlantic City deal, Seminole Tribe now adding Hard Rock in Canada
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which recently bought the former Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, is expanding its Hard Rock gambling and...

5/3/2017

article Failure of gambling bills leaves industry in limbo
(Florida) -- Thousands of gray-market slot machines could pop up in sports bars and strip malls, full-scale slot machines might launch in at least eight counties and...
article Lawmakers Call Off Gambling Talks After Reaching Impasse On Referendum Counties
(Florida) -- Lawmakers have folded on plans to pass a comprehensive gambling overhaul bill this legislative session. After years of waffling, the Gambling discussion in...
article State and Seminoles at Impasse, Efforts to Expand Florida Gambling Collapse
(Florida) -- Legislation in Florida that seemed to be moving swiftly toward a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s gambling landscape came to a screeching halt on...

5/2/2017

article Florida gambling legislation hopes “dead” for another year
(Florida) -- Florida legislators have given up hope of approving new gambling laws this year, offering further evidence that senior citizens aren’t the only things...
article Florida Lawmakers Fold On Reaching Gambling Deal
(Florida) -- Unable to overcome an impasse on slot machines, House and Senate leaders Tuesday called off negotiations on a sweeping gambling measure, acknowledging that...
article Folded: Push to expand gambling in Florida fails again
(Florida) -- A bid to bring more casinos and gambling to Florida collapsed yet again this year as state legislators were unable to reach an agreement on a comprehensive...
article Gambling expansion fails again in Florida Legislature
(Florida) -- Gambling legislation has once again crashed and burned in the Florida Legislature. This year, legislators came very close to a comprehensive gambling bill...
article Gambling talks collapse in Florida Legislature
(Florida) -- The Legislature will not pass a new gaming deal that could have expanded slot machines in Florida and allowed new games at the Seminole Tribe of Florida...
article Gaming Negotiations Fall Apart, Pronounced 'Dead'
(Florida) -- There will be no gaming deal in the 2017 Legislature. No slot machines for the eight Florida counties that voted for them, no change in pari-mutuel...
article House, Senate fail to reach agreement on gambling
(Florida) -- House and Senate leaders appear unlikely to approve a gambling deal this year, prompting Sen. Bill Galvano to declare the matter dead Tuesday for this...
article House, Senate fail to reach agreement on gambling
(Florida) -- House and Senate leaders said Tuesday they were not able to reach an agreement on gambling that lawmakers had hoped would provide a minimum of $3 billion...
article Jose Felix Diaz: ‘We were too far apart’ from Senate on gambling
(Florida) -- State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, the House’s point man on gambling, said an impossibility of compromise over slot machines killed the 2017 gambling bill....
article Lawyer: Seminole Tribe ‘will react accordingly’ to gambling bill’s death
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida “will react accordingly” to the demise of a gambling bill this Legislative Session, the Tribe’s top outside...
article No dice: Gambling deal falls apart over House and Senate differences
(Florida) -- A deal that could have allowed at least one new casino in Miami, permitted craps and roulette at the seven casinos operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida...
article RIP: Gambling bill dead for 2017
(Florida) -- A deal on omnibus gambling legislation for the year went down the drain Tuesday as House and Senate negotiators couldn’t see eye to eye on whether to...

5/1/2017

article Negron: Lawmakers ‘getting close’ to agreement on gambling
(Florida) -- Senate President Joe Negron on Monday said lawmakers are “getting close” to a deal on a gambling overhaul bill for the year. The same day,...
article COMMENTARY: Florida fight with Seminoles highlights concerns with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
(Florida) -- In 1988, the federal government passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). The act provided a legal federal framework for native groups to operate...
article COMMENTARY: No deal beats a bad deal on Florida gambling
(Florida) -- When the Florida Legislature nears the end of session, we begin to see the backroom doors close and the sausage making commence. The pressure to make...

4/27/2017

article Seminole Hard Rock Casino can add craps and roulette under new state plan
(Florida) -- After years of gridlock over the state's gambling laws, the Florida House agreed to major concessions Wednesday that include allowing Tampa's...

4/26/2017

article Craps and roulette could be coming to Seminole casino near you
(Florida) -- Spin the wheel and roll the bones: Craps and roulette could be headed to casinos in Florida. A deal under negotiation in the state Legislature would allow...

4/25/2017

article Jose Felix Diaz: House will ‘take giant step’ in gambling conference
(Florida) -- The House will make its offer Wednesday morning in the Legislature’s negotiation on a gambling bill this year, state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz told...
article Supreme Court ruling gives Florida senators a gambling deal leverage
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court has apparently handed state senators the winning card to push gambling expansion after the majority of magistrates cleared the way...

4/24/2017

article After years of impasse, legislators seem to be conceding courts are now driving gambling train
(Florida) -- It has become increasingly clear that the Legislative stalemate over the future of gambling in Florida will not be ended by lawmakers, but by the entity...
article Galvano says court ruling helps Senate gambling deal
(Florida) -- A state Supreme Court decision clearing the way for a constitutional amendment on gambling makes quick action on a gaming deal by the Legislature necessary...
article Gambling deal may come down to slots question
(Florida) -- Seeing it as the “lesser of various evils” to pass a gambling bill this year, the House may give in to the Senate’s position to...
article Senate budges little in initial gambling negotiation
(Florida) -- Saying he wanted to “start taking small steps,” state Sen. Bill Galvano on Monday tendered the first offer in the Legislature’s...
article Senate deals first offer in gambling talks
(Florida) -- Controversial electronic games that are the subject of a recent court decision would be outlawed under a proposal offered Monday by the Senate, as lawmakers...
article Who has the best odds in gambling negotiations: House, Senate or Seminole Tribe?
(Florida) -- House and Senate leaders conceded Monday that years of legislative stalemate over the future of slot machine expansion in Florida — including whether...
article Tuesday’s Lead Letter: Let voters decide on casino gambling expansion
(Florida) -- Here we go again! The state of Florida has lost another legal case that could result in a major expansion of gambling in the state. This loss could impact...

4/18/2017

article Florida sets a possible deadline
(Florida) -- As the House of Representatives and the Senate of Florida State are preparing two contrary gaming amendments, officials decided to negotiate a final...

4/17/2017

article House, Senate begin trying to reach gambling deal
(Florida) -- House and Senate leaders met briefly Monday afternoon to lay the groundwork for negotiations on the two chambers' vastly different approaches to...
article Time to deal? Florida legislators begin gambling talks
(Florida) -- Florida legislators are starting negotiations over a new gambling deal. House and Senate members met Monday and the two sides have about three weeks left in...

4/12/2017

article Dying Oak Tree Reminds Visitors of Seminole Tribe Warriors Lost in 1838
(Florida) -- On the far western side of the Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park, in Jupiter, Florida, stands what arborists say is an oak tree that is roughly 300 years...
article Man Who Put Money in Slot Machine Denied $100,000 Jackpot at Florida Casino Because Friend Pushed the Button
(Florida) -- A man lost a $100,000 jackpot at a Florida casino because he let his friend push the button, sparking a rift between the pair after she took the winnings.

4/11/2017

article Gambler says he was denied $100K jackpot because friend pushed button
(Florida) -- Jan Flato, 66, said he put $50 into a video slot machine at Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in January. He hit and hit big: $100,000...

4/10/2017

article Meet the Gambler Who Lost a $100,000 Slot Machine Jackpot Because His Hot Ladyfriend Pushed The Button
(Florida) -- You know how sometimes you make certain decisions that you immediately regret? Like taking that one last shot at the club, or hooking up with your toxic ex?
article Column: Bizarre casino jackpot a lesson in legalese
(Florida) -- This is a poker column, but sometimes the news in other forms of gambling is too big to ignore. Allow me to tell a cautionary tale of luck and loss that...

4/7/2017

article Florida House Of Representatives passes status quo gaming legislation
(Florida) -- Earlier this year, Samantha Bee inducted Kellyanne Conway into her “Great Feminists in Feminism Herstory Hall of Lady Fame.” Tonight, it was...

4/6/2017

article Florida House tears down the Senate’s gambling bill as negotiations begin
(Florida) -- Although it seems like Florida is finally reaching the point when it will make a decision on gambling, the Florida House has ripped the Senate’s...
article House Approval Leads To Gambling Negotiations
(Florida) -- Voting along party lines, the Florida House approved a gambling package that would require the Seminole Tribe to pay the state $3 billion over seven years...
article New deal: Florida House votes to “freeze” gambling in state
(Florida) -- It’s finally time for the Florida Legislature to try to make a deal on gambling. The Florida House on Wednesday voted 73-40 for a bill that would...

4/5/2017

article Florida gambling bills with billions at stake are likely to come down to session wire
(Florida) -- The Florida House stripped the Senate’s gambling bill and passed its own Wednesday, signaling the two chambers will likely have to negotiate a...
article Florida House, Senate in deadlock over gambling bill
(Florida) -- A showdown between the upper and lower chambers of Congress over a gambling bill in the Sunshine State looms as the State House passed a legislation that is...
article House readies for gambling negotiations
(Florida) -- Setting the stage for negotiations with the Senate, the Florida House prepared for a vote as early as Wednesday on a gambling package that would essentially...
article House sees Senate on gambling bill, raises the ante
(Florida) -- The House amended the Senate’s gambling measure with its own bill Tuesday, setting up the legislation for conference. The difference between the two...
article BOWERS: Seminole Tribe's Howard Tommie lit fire of Indian gaming
(Florida) -- As I read the article about James Billie and the upcoming documentary "Alligator Wrestling," I couldn't help myself but be upset with some of...

4/4/2017

article POINT OF VIEW Why we need voter control of gambling in Florida
(Florida) -- Florida has lost another legal case that could result in a major expansion of gambling in the state. This loss could affect the compact between the state...

3/30/2017

article Mum's the word after tenant, Seminoles settle Hard Rock lease dispute
(Florida) -- For interested observers, it’s like sitting down to a big feast, only to be ejected from the restaurant after the appetizer. Or losing your cable...

3/29/2017

article Mid-session thaw: Gaming bill is headed to conference
(Florida) -- So why would a House committee meet for 10 minutes Tuesday for the sole purpose of passing a bill clarifying that fantasy sports leagues are not gambling?...
article No one is showing cards yet, but a gambling compromise could be coming
(Florida) -- The ice is melting on Florida’s gambling impasse. House and Senate leaders have agreed to pass their respective bills off the floors of their chambers...
article Possible Florida gambling compromise now in the offing
(Florida) -- Florida House and Senate leaders are set to lay down their respective version of a gambling bill next week, with analysts expecting a possible compromise to...
article Seminole Tribe Of Florida joins with state to oppose “pre-reveal” games ruling
(Florida) -- In Florida, the casino-operating Seminole Tribe Of Florida has reportedly joined with state officials in asking a Tallahassee judge to reconsider a ruling...
article Senate tees up gambling bill for approval
(Florida) -- The Senate is expected to approve a pari-mutuel friendly gambling proposal Thursday, after hearing an explanation of the sweeping measure during a floor...

3/28/2017

article Senate ready to wade into gambling issue
(Florida) -- The Senate is expected this week to consider a proposal that would make wide-ranging changes in the state's gambling industry, including allowing slot...
article State, Tribe Target Judge’s Ruling On Games
(Florida) -- Florida officials and the Seminole Tribe are asking a Tallahassee judge to reconsider a ruling they contend could open the floodgates for thousands of...

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...
article Seminole Tribe: Judge’s slots ruling could cost state ‘multi-billions of dollars’
(Florida) -- If it looks like a slot machine, and plays like a slot machine, it’s a slot machine, the Seminole Tribe of Florida is telling state leaders. An order...

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...

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