Published November 23, 2016
HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA – The Seminole Tribe of Florida won a victory against the state of Florida when a federal judge ruled that the tribe can keep blackjack tables in its casinos.
The state and the tribe agreed to a deal in 2010 that allowed blackjack tables in the tribe’s casinos. Since 2010, the Seminoles have paid the state almost $1.7 billion. The agreement expired in 2015. State of Florida gaming regulators wanted to the judge to rule to have the tables removed.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that the tribe can keep the blackjack tables for an additional 14 years because state regulators allowed dog and horse tracks to put in card games that directed competed with what the tribe offered.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida is based in Hollywood, Florida and operates six casinos, including two Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in the state.