- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A crucial federal trial that could shape of the future of gambling in Florida is wrapping up.

Attorneys for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state will give their closing statements on Wednesday. The second day of trial on Tuesday revolved primarily around the testimony of top gambling regulators.

The trial could decide whether the tribe can continue to have blackjack tables at their Florida casinos. The state and Seminoles reached a deal in 2010 that allowed blackjack but that provision expired last year. Florida has been paid nearly $1.7 billion as a result.

The tribe maintains they are eligible to keep blackjack because the state allowed dog and horse tracks to put in card games that mimicked what the tribe offered. Regulators blamed low-level employees and confusion for some of the decisions that the tribe is going after in the lawsuit.


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