With the ban on built-in games, the next steps of the situation are not clear

With the ban on built-in games, the next steps of the situation are not clear

I miss The Seminole Tribe is seeking a provision to void the state’s new gaming agreement so that the tribe can continue to offer sports betting while the appeal is progressing.

There are also at least two other options that state lawmakers could consider to save some of the $500 million annually that the state would lose without a deal.

The Seminole tribe hopes to continue offering online sports betting as it appeals a ruling that wiped out its $500 million-a-year deal with the state.

But sports betting attorney Daniel Wallach doubts the tribe will succeed because the tribe hasn’t stopped betting even with the ruling in place.

“They make the possibilities of success for themselves and the possibilities here infinitely more difficult by engaging in an activity that is already in violation of the law,” Wallach said.

But Wallach said the state and tribe could salvage the majority of the agreement on appeal.


“Because there is language in the IGRA (Indian Games Regulatory Act), which allows the compliant parts of the agreement to be kept in tact,” Wallach said.

There is also another option.

State lawmakers can revert to the 2010 agreement if they ban certain player card games offered by parimutuel facilities.

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On the other hand, Wallach argues, the best option is for state lawmakers to amend the agreement signed this year and exclude online sports betting.

“This is roulette, those craps, those reserved sportsbooks, this is the ability to build four new casino structures,” Wallach said.

Even without sports betting, the state could still raise $450 million annually from a deal with the tribe.


State lawmakers will return next week to participate in the committees, but there is no indication that they intend to move forward to pass a revised agreement.

So far, the state of Florida has not taken any formal action to appeal the ruling overturning the agreement.

We are reviewing a baffling court decision, which certainly contains appealable issues. Because neither the Seminole tribe nor the state of Florida are party to the case, it is unclear whether there will be any immediate impact of the ruling in Florida, Governor Press Secretary Christina Buchou said in an emailed statement.

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