The Seminole Indians are proceeding with plans to make South Florida an even bigger tourist attraction than it already is. While involved in legal battles over their expansion, the Seminoles are still moving forward with expanded gambling plans for their casinos.
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.