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Feds Asked to Stop Seminoles Vegas Style Gambling

Written by:
Jagajeet Chiba
Published on:
Sep/19/2008
Seminole Hard Rock Casino

Attorney General Bill McCollum wants a federal agency to step in and halt Las Vegas-style gambling at Seminole Indian casinos in Florida, according to a CBS4 report.

The South Florida news station obtained a copy of McCollum's appeal letter to the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Florida doesn't have jurisdiction to stop what McCollum called "illegal activities" on tribal property.

Commission spokesman Shawn Pensoneau says McCollum's letter is under review.

"The State of Florida in the untenable position of having a tribal gaming operation, which everyone acknowledges is unauthorized, ongoing without the jurisdiction to stop the illegal activities," said Attorney General McCollum. "As the regulatory official holding the power to enforce this law, the Chairman should take action immediately to see that the Tribe ceases its illegal activity until a valid compact can be consummated with the State of Florida."

The tribe has continued offering banked card games and class III slot machines even though the Florida Supreme Court has thrown out a compact permitting them, the CBS4 report points out.

The justices ruled Gov. Charlie Crist lacked authority to enter that agreement without legislative approval.

The tribe said it will continue to offer these Vegas style games until the Federal Government orders them to stop.

Recently, the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida began offering blackjack games and poker.

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