Seminole Tribe begins dispute resolution process in card game conflict

Tribe entered into 20-year compact with state in 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminole Tribe of Florida hand delivered a written notice to Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday, formally beginning a 30-day dispute resolution process over its right to continue offering banked card games for the remaining term of a gaming compact that expires in 2030.

The Tribe also wants to "stop making exclusivity payments to the state under the compact and to instead make those payments into an escrow account."

Click here to read the full letter sent to Gov. Rick Scott.

According to the letter, the compact is valid for 20 years but "the Tribe's authorization to conduct banking or banked card games under the compact terminates after five years unless authorization is renewed by the parties," or if the state permits others to conduct banked card games.

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The compact was entered on April 7, 2010. The Tribe claims other casinos were authorized to have video-based blackjack and baccarat machines in February 2011 in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

At this time, the Seminole Tribe operates banked card games at five of its seven casinos.

The Tribe and the state have 30 days to reach a resolution or the issue is subject to litigation.

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