The Orlando Sentinel reported today that the federal government has approved the deal between the Seminole Indians and Governor Crist to expand gambling at Florida’s Seminole Casinos:
The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved the gambling compact between Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe that would allow blackjack, baccarat and Las Vegas-style slot machines at the tribe’s seven Florida casinos.
This despite efforts by the Florida Legislature to stop the effort in Florida courts and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in federal court.
Personally, I prefer the idea of a compact — at least the state gets SOME money — otherwise, the federal government could grant the expansion of gambling (even beyond the limited expansion in the compact).
It will be interesting to see how soon I might be able to go to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa and play a little low-stakes blackjack.