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Fri April 11, 2014
Gambling-Industry Speculates Gov. Scott's Seminole Deal
In addition to legislation that won't go through, big players like Disney and the Seminole tribe are making sure the odds are against expanding Florida casino gambling.
Governor Rick Scott is still trying to renegotiate a compact with the Seminole tribe that currently limits the state’s gambling. Amidst all this, HistoryMiami hosted a panel on gaming Thursday evening. The panel was made up of four members of the gaming industry: Randall Fine, managing director of a casino consulting firm; Dave Jones, president of Miami Jai Alai; Isadore Havenick, vice president of Magic City Casino and Christopher Jarvinen, a layer who's worked with casinos. Without the Seminole deal, or any movement in the legislature, all the panel could do was speculate. Some were thinking positively about the state of the negotiations, hoping they would work out a deal by the end of the session. But most of the panel has ruled out 2014 as the year that brings any kind of gambling reform. State lawmakers have until May 2 to make any changes to gaming laws. That’s when the legislative session ends.