Seminole Tribe faces key deadline for Class III gaming compact

Blackjack tables at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida. Photo from Facebook

The Seminole Tribe and the state of Florida have yet to reach a new Class III gaming compact.

Key provisions of the 2010 compact expired at the end of July. The deal includes a grace period for blackjack and the deadline of October 29 is fast-approaching.

“The state of Florida and the tribe are making significant progress, and I feel like we’re headed in the right direction but we’re not there yet,” Sen. Rob Bradley (R) told WCTV.

The tribe previously said it will ignore the October 29 deadline. A June 24 letter to Gov. Rick Scott (R) argued that the games would continue because the state has allowed non-Indian facilities to offer the same types of games.

Chairman James Billie, however, said the tribe will continue to share revenues with the state a "gesture of good faith." Since 2010, the tribe has shared more than $1 billion in exchange for regional exclusivity.

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