Sunday, December 26, 2010
"Does that mean Florida is destined to become the next Nevada? Gambling is indeed expanding in the Sunshine State. The poker change came on the heels of a deal struck between the legislature and the Seminoles to give the tribe exclusive rights, for five years, to spread blackjack to most of its seven reservations — an arrangement that guarantees the recession-ravaged state at least $1 billion in revenue. Higher stakes poker rooms are now sprouting up, not just at Indian casinos but also at more traditional Florida gambling sites like dog tracks, jai alai frontons and thoroughbred horse tracks called "racinos." Although the sites still often set buy-in maximums, the poker games these days can sometimes require a minimum bet of $50 and produce pots reaching the tens of thousands of dollars."