- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge is telling the state of Florida that he won’t back off his decision to let the Seminole Tribe of Florida keep blackjack at its casinos.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle on Tuesday rejected a post-trial motion to alter his November ruling.

The state must now decide whether to appeal the case or try to work out a new deal with the Seminoles.

Hinkle initially ruled that regulators working under Gov. Rick Scott allowed dog and horse tracks to put in card games that mimicked ones that were supposed to be exclusive to tribe-owned casinos for a five-year period. Hinkle ruled the tribe could keep blackjack for another 14 years.

Hinkle said this week the state was trying to reargue something he has already ruled on.

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