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Things may be looking up for Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing and Poker

By now most Lee County residents are aware that an expanded Seminole Casino is offering slot machines and card games at relatively nearby Immokalee. The radio waves have been inundated with advertising and billboards hang in several locations around the county.
What is less well known is that state legislators and Gov. Crist have been heavily negotiating with the Seminole tribe for a deal that would allow operations to continue at Seminole casinos as well as raise funds for education in the state of Florida ($6 billion over 20 years). The tribe has continued to operate their casinos along with the card games at the Seminole Immokalee Casino pointing out that they were given permission according to a 2007 gambling contract signed with Crist but which did not have legislative approval.
However, the Florida House's Select Committee on Indian Compact Review has now voted 17-0 against the Crist deal and also voted to give so-called parimutuel industries extra abilities. If the deal goes through in the upcoming session, which seems likely, the Naples-Fort Myers track (located in Bonita Springs) be allowed to stay open 24 hours on the weekends and 18 hours the rest of the week with unlimited buy-ins allowed at poker tables there.
More on this soon....!
 

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