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Seminole Casino Hotel announces live music schedule for June
Performances are at the Zig Zag Lounge at the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee. No cover for live entertainment. TVs throughout the Zig Zag bar air sporting events and other entertainment.

Top 10 US states to watch for iGaming legislation in 2017
Legalizing online gambling is never easy, which is why we have to hand it to these 10 states for even <i>trying.</i> Whether their attempts will be successful remains to be seen, but we're optimistic.

Life sciences professor wins Wisconsin's largest poker tournament
Craig Trost emerged victorious to capture the Mid-States Poker Tour's first-place prize of $63,252.

Juegos Miami confirms 2017 event dates
The second edition of Juegos Miami will be held from 31 May to 2 June at the Miami Biltmore Hotel.

DFS news roundup: California bill advances to Senate with ease
The biggest DFS news this week comes out of California, where a bill to regulate daily fantasy sports passed in the Assembly by a vote of 62-1.

Salomon Ponte wins Lucky Hearts Poker Open WPTDeepStacks Main Event
The Toronto native made his way through a field of 1,684 entrants at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood to win the tournament and $344,420.

Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open running Jan. 7-20
The tournament series, held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood, will culminate with a WPT DeepStacks Main Event carrying a $1 million guarantee.

Jake Bazeley wins Hard Rock Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open Championship
The Cincinnati pro took home $568,687 for winning the $3,500 buy-in championship event.

Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood releases tournament series schedule through August 2016
The casino will host five tournament series that pay out over $13 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Florida Senator proposes online lottery bill
Florida Senator Gwen Margolis has tabled a bill, SB 120, that could see lottery tickets permitted to be sold online.

Florida

Florida has tried and failed to pass legislation regulating online gaming in the past few years. Now, in its haste to shut down "internet sweepstakes cafés," the legal status of online poker and all online gaming is uncertain. In May 2021, after years of negotiations, Florida elected officials and the state’s Seminole Tribe reached a deal that will expand the tribe’s gaming options, including online and retail sports betting. However, the new compact was still subject to state and federal approval, leaving components of the deal in jeopardy.

In March 2013, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would prohibit "any electronic device" from accepting any form of money, special account numbers or codes that would allow players to receive extra credits or prizes. The bill was originally intended to shut down internet cafés that were being used as venues for illegal sweepstakes operations.

Online poker proponents have not had much success in advancing their agenda in Tallahassee.

In 2010, HB1441 was introduced to legalize intrastate internet poker, regulate the operation of the games and tax the operators. The bill died in the House Insurance, Business & Financial Affairs Policy Committee. SB1582 was introduced, which provided legislative intent to revise the laws relating to poker. The bill was never heard and died in the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries.

H2 Gaming Capital on behalf of Poker Voters of America prepared an analysis of the impact of HB1441. The report states that Florida has the potential to be the fourth-largest intrastate market in the United States. Based on the proposal of HB1441, estimated revenues for a regulated intrastate market would be worth approximately $226 million in 2010, increasing to $744 million in 2014. Florida would be paid 10% by the hub operator as an annual tax.

In 2011, discussions to allow pari-mutuel facilities to offer online poker through third-party websites were underway. The pari-mutuels would have received a cut of each hand of poker, and the state would have collected a 10% tax on the rake. Up to three poker sites would have been used as central locations for the pari-mutuels currently in Florida. Many lawmakers were on board with the idea.

In March 2011, Florida's intrastate poker bill, SB812, was approved by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee by a 10-2 vote. The bill required an operator to have existing and established experience with internet gambling or be licensed in a legal and regulated jurisdiction anywhere in the world. Subcontractors could not have accepted any online wagers from Florida residents since the UIGEA was signed into law in 2006. Hub operators would have paid the state 10% of gross revenues on a monthly basis in addition to a $500,000 annual license fee and a $10 million nonrefundable payment up front to be applied against future revenues. Card rooms would have applied for affiliate licenses. Players on the network had to be physically located within Florida.

Florida bill SB812 faced a tied vote, 2-2, from the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, thereby killing the bill.

Senate Bill 374 and House Bill 223 – both exempting fantasy sports from the state's gambling laws – are active, though efforts to push them through legislative sessions have fallen short due to tribal resistance. A larger gaming expansion bill in the works may integrate daily fantasy sports. The bill, S 8, would introduce an Office of Amusements, label fantasy sports as games of skill and not gambling and introduce a $500,000 licensing fee. However, this bill has also been put on hold.

In November 2018, Florida’s Amendment 3 passed with more than 70% of the vote, giving the public the power to decide on the future expansion of gambling in the state.

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Florida Jurisdiction News

Seminole Casino Hotel announces live music schedule for June
Performances are at the Zig Zag Lounge at the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee. No cover for live entertainment. TVs throughout the Zig Zag bar air sporting events and other entertainment.

Top 10 US states to watch for iGaming legislation in 2017
Legalizing online gambling is never easy, which is why we have to hand it to these 10 states for even <i>trying.</i> Whether their attempts will be successful remains to be seen, but we're optimistic.

Life sciences professor wins Wisconsin's largest poker tournament
Craig Trost emerged victorious to capture the Mid-States Poker Tour's first-place prize of $63,252.

Juegos Miami confirms 2017 event dates
The second edition of Juegos Miami will be held from 31 May to 2 June at the Miami Biltmore Hotel.

DFS news roundup: California bill advances to Senate with ease
The biggest DFS news this week comes out of California, where a bill to regulate daily fantasy sports passed in the Assembly by a vote of 62-1.

Salomon Ponte wins Lucky Hearts Poker Open WPTDeepStacks Main Event
The Toronto native made his way through a field of 1,684 entrants at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood to win the tournament and $344,420.

Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open running Jan. 7-20
The tournament series, held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood, will culminate with a WPT DeepStacks Main Event carrying a $1 million guarantee.

Jake Bazeley wins Hard Rock Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open Championship
The Cincinnati pro took home $568,687 for winning the $3,500 buy-in championship event.

Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood releases tournament series schedule through August 2016
The casino will host five tournament series that pay out over $13 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Florida Senator proposes online lottery bill
Florida Senator Gwen Margolis has tabled a bill, SB 120, that could see lottery tickets permitted to be sold online.

 
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