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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 6:05 pm 
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The Florida Legislature approved a sweeping gambling bill on May 8 that dictates parameters of gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe and changes a host of rules for parimutuel permit holders. The state and the Seminole Tribe have until Aug. 31 to agree to a compact, and the new law will take effect once the Legislature approves the compact. (Best-case scenario on timing we're hearing is late this year; worst-case next summer). Here’s what the deal means for Florida poker:

LIMITS: No limits on bet sizes or buy-ins for cash games or tournaments, though rooms are free to set their own limits.

HOURS: Parimutuel rooms can stay open 18 hours a day Monday-Thursday, and 24 hours a day on Saturdays, Sundays and select holidays. The “stacking” loophole that allowed rooms to combine permits to operate 24 hours a day every day has been abolished.

NEW ROOMS: Regulations for quarter horse racing have been established, and qualifying permit holders, such as Hialeah Park in South Florida, can open a room as soon as their first race is concluded. Also, qualifying holders of dormant jai-alai permits may convert those permits to greyhound permits and open new poker rooms. Palm Beach Kennel Club is tentatively planning to do that.

ONLINE STUDY: In a separate bill that passed both chambers, the state will study the effects of online poker and suggest laws or remedies by Dec. 1.

I'm writing a column for the June issue of Ante Up that will pose some questions on what these changes may mean for Florida poker. I'd love to hear what you think. Post your thoughts here!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:50 pm 
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Thanks for your post, Scott. Keep us informed on if/when the Seminoles approve the bill.

I am moving to Sarasota in the next year or so. Is this a convenient place to hit Ft Meyers, Sarasota and Tampa rooms? I will mainly play like a bigger stakes tourney like twice a month, but once in a while want a 500 or 1000 buy-in cash game when they come available.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:21 pm 
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Hi Gringo,

Sarasota is a very good base for poker in Florida. You have Sarasota Kennel Club right there, and you're about an hour drive from Derby Lane, Tampa Bay Downs, Tampa Greyhound Track and Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, and about an hour and a half drive from Naples-Ft Myers Greyhound Track and Seminole Immokalee.


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Thanks Scott -- keep us posted on the legistlation please.


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Thanks for the post. I am of the opinion that the poker law in the US is rather confusing because every state has its own law. I am of the opinion it would be a good idea to have a common law but unfortunately this won't happen. Scott please keep us informed about the legislation.


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Poker is the well known game which is more played it is very interesting game so here this is a good post to know the rules and laws regarding it in Florida.With a $3 billion budget deficit in the state, some legislators believe that a change on Florida's existing gaming laws could produce new revenue that could be utilized for education. Although estimates differ because it is impossible to determine just how popular gambling would become in Florida if the state changes its gaming laws.

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does anybody have specifics on the new rules that take effect july 1st?[quote][/quote]

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:30 pm 
Florida has recently passed a law that will allow the big money tournaments to be held at the Seminole Hard Rock casinos now


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