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Florida, Seminole Tribe Reach $3 Billion Gambling Deal

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Posted at 9:19 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 16:28:05-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe have a gambling deal worth $3 billion.

    

Scott announced Monday that he has signed a new agreement with the tribe. The deal allows the tribe to keep card games such as blackjack at their casinos but also allows them to add roulette and craps.

    

The agreement will also allow a track in Palm Beach County to add slot machines. Slots are currently limited to Seminole casinos and tracks in Broward and Miami-Dade.

    

The agreement means the two sides can drop their lawsuits.

    

The compact between the state and tribe still needs to be approved by the Florida Legislature. Lawmakers start their annual session in January.

    

Sen. Rob Bradley, one of the legislators who helped with negotiations, called it a "good fair deal for taxpayers."

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