Seminole Casino Moves Forward With Blackjack Plans In Florida
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Late this week the Seminoles held a press conference to map out their plans for bringing blackjack to their Hollywood Hard Rock Casino. The blackjack will become a reality on June 22nd.
While the plans are moving forward, others in the gaming industry in South Florida are trying to stop the Seminoles from expanding. A lawsuit has been filed by the Isle of Capri at Pompano Park. They are claiming the Seminole expansion is against state laws.
State laws say that banked games are illegal in the state. A banked game is one in which the gambler plays against the house. Blackjack falls under this category.
The Seminoles, however, are paying little respect to the lawsuit and are moving ahead as scheduled with their expansion plans. They have announced that they will start with seventy-two tables. Most of those new tables will be for blackjack, but baccarat and various forms of poker will also be played on some of the them.
The Seminoles say they are excited to bring the expanded gambling to South Florida.
“Las Vegas style casinos will now be at the doorstep of the residents of Florida. Floridians won’t have to go to Las Vegas or Atlantic City to play their favorite casino games,” said James Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming.
Second Draw Added To Massachusetts Daily Numbers Lottery
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State lottery’s are doing everything they possibly can to generate more revenue. The lottery is a major source of revenue for state’s around the country, and with the economy struggling, lottery’s are being called on to pick up the slack.
In Massachusetts, the state lottery is following the lead of many others from the country. They are expanding their drawing options for their Pick 3 and Pick 4 gambling lottery games.
Many states have already gone to this form of expansion. They will now have drawings twice a day instead of once. They will have a midday draw to add to the evening draw that is already in place.
Florida just went to this format a couple of weeks ago. With Massachusetts catching on to the idea, it leaves Rhode Island as the only state in New England not to have the double draws.
While this is the choice of many lottery systems, other ideas are also being tried throughout the country. In Iowa, their state lottery just teamed with a gas station to promote raffle tickets in exchange for free gas.
Massachusetts projects that the new lottery draw should bring in an additional $7 million annually. Dan Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the lottery claims it was the public that asked for the additional draws so they can increase their opportunity to win money.