Florida Tribe continues payments

The Seminole Tribe of Florida revealed that it’s continuing its payments, completing more than US$300 millions in 2016.

US.- The tribe announced that they’re continuing its payments whilst they’re still in talks with the administration of Rick Scott, Florida’s governor. The amount of money they paid in 2016 totales US$306 million. Last month, a Federal Judge ruled that the Seminole Tribe can legally still run blackjack games in their facilities.

Both sides are trying to reach an agreement on wether the tribe can offer blackjack and card games at its casinos. The Seminole Tribe of Florida explained that they have de desire to finalise a new gaming compact with the state of Florida. The tribe arranged in return for exclusivity in the card games market the payment of US$1 billion over five years.

The case goes back to 2010, when the tribe signed a five-year agreement with the state to operate banked card games at five of the tribe’s seven casinos. Even though the agreement expired last summer, the Seminole Tribe has continued to offer the games. The case was centered on two types of games: card games and slot machines that simulate blackjack, which are currently authorised by state gambling regulators at pari-mutuel facilities.