Delay sought in Florida trial

Mar 11, 2016 10:33 AM

A trial that could determine the long-term shape of Florida’s gaming industry may be pushed back to the fall from its scheduled start in July.

The trial will determine whether the Seminole Tribe of Florida can continue offering the blackjack games that are now available at its casinos. Attorneys for both sides want the federal court trial moved to October.

The questions to be answered at a trial – whenever it  occurs – include whether the state breached its agreement with the Seminole by offering electronic versions of blackjack at one of the south Florida tracks.

The compact that allowed Seminole casinos exclusively the right to operate blackjack tables expired last summer and the state demanded that the tables be taken down but casino officials declined, their lawyers arguing that the state had breached the agreement with the tribe. 

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].