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Broward casino sues to block Seminole card games

Deal or no deal? As the Seminole Tribe prepared to begin blackjack and other card games this month at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, a Broward County casino sued in federal court Tuesday to block them.

Pompano Park's Isle Casino's suit against Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Interior Department Secretary Dirk Kempthorne claims the gambling deal signed by the governor and the tribe in November violates federal law by allowing card games prohibited elsewhere in the state. Pompano Park and two other Broward race tracks operate Las Vegas-style slot machines, also granted to the tribe under the agreement.

The Seminoles will continue with plans to start the "banked" card games, where players compete against the house, spokesman Gary Bitner told the Miami Herald.

Officials will announce the launch date and show off dealer uniforms and tables at the Hollywood casino Friday morning. The games should begin at Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Casino by year's end.

Broward casino sues to block Seminole card games 06/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 5, 2008 11:32am]
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