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Legal Issues Stop Blackjack at Florida Casino

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Gamblers at Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Casino won't be playing blackjack anytime soon.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida had planned to add blackjack and other new card games by the end of the year. But the tribe has put
those plans on hold until legal issues are worked out.

The Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood began in June dealing blackjack and other card games.

But in July the Florida Supreme Court threw out a compact signedby the tribe and Gov. Charlie Crist that let the Seminoles operate
Las Vegas-style slot machines and casino card games.

Tribe spokesman Gary Bitner told the St. Petersburg Times onThursday that adding the card games in Tampa is "subject to what
happens politically and legally."


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