Monday, January 17, 2011

Florida Considering Vegas-Style Casinos

The state of Florida is considering expanding casino gambling statewide, and has received proposals from some of Las Vegas' leading hotel and entertainment companies. During his campaign for governor, Rick Scott opposed expanding casino gambling in the state, but now that he's in the driver's seat, he said he's open to the proposition.

Florida passed some laws last summer that made it easier to operate a poker room in the state which has led to a boom of poker rooms opening up. Having noticed that the sky didn’t fall on them and the world didn’t end, legislators are now considering a bill that would allow for full fledged Las Vegas-style casinos to be opened.

In a radio interview, Florida Senator Mike Haridopolos said, “We’re a big-time gambling state, and we need to figure out in general how we’re going to maximize revenue because people are going to gamble.”

Employment was touted with job creation from each casino being estimated at between 5,000 and 7,000 with a maximum total of up to 35,000 new jobs being created.

The proposed Florida casino legislation would permit the building of up to five large casino resorts with all the Las Vegas-style fixings including slot machines, poker and carious table games like craps and blackjack. Several of the proposed games aren’t even currently permitted in the state of Florida so there is a great deal of change being proposed with the bill.


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