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SoFla casinos not state priority in 2014

Genting, others likely must wait until next year for Vegas-style gaming

January 30, 2014 10:30AM

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stockgamblingIt looks like Genting and other gaming companies hoping to open Las Vegas-style casinos in South Florida must wait another year for the opportunity.

Florida’s house speaker and senate president announced Wednesday that destination casinos and other gambling issues are not priorities for the 2014 legislative session, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Genting is one of several groups lobbying hard for state law changes to allow casinos with no gambling restrictions. Florida Panthers executives are pushing for a casino at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Parimutuel owners in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have asked for the ability to offer blackjack to get on equal footing with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which has an exclusive deal with the state for blackjack and certain table games. That deal expires in 2015. [Sun-Sentinel]Eric Kalis

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