Gambling case headed to the Florida Supreme Court

Information posted on appeals-court dockets indicate that the case involving electronic games is headed to the state court.

US.- The Florida Supreme Court could welcome another gambling case in the near future, as the legal battle between the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) and Blue Sky Games and Gator Coin is wasting its last resources.

Both companies have filed notices, which are a first step in asking the Supreme Court to take up the case, according to information posted on appeals-court dockets. 

The legal battle started after the ABT urged the two companies to remove their electronic machines as it considered that they were illegal. While supporters have always claimed that the machines were legal because they include a preview feature that advises players of the outcome of those games, the regulators said that they still have a “random number generator” that they use just like slot machines do, therefore they are games of “chance” under Florida laws.

The appeals court ruled last year in favour of Blue Sky Games and Gator Coin but then reversed the decision after the Seminole Tribe, which holds exclusive rights to operate casinos with slot machines in the state, asked the Judge to reconsider the decision.

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