Gambling deal with Seminole Tribe still has a long way to go

Posted at 6:06 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-08 18:06:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Want a sure bet? The gambling agreement between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe is going to face changes over the next three months - if it's approved at all.

The deal signed Monday calls for a guaranteed $3 billion for Florida in exchange for the state agreeing to limit the tribe's competition and let it operate table games like roulette and craps. But lobbyists and lawmakers agree that it faces a slew of changes once it goes to the Legislature for approval.

There are 120 House members and 40 senators with widely ranging views on the issue, from those who want no gambling at all to those who want more. And there are other pari-mutuel owners that want something out of the deal that right now get nothing.