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Gov. Scott begins talks with Seminoles over gambling deal

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It looks like Governor Scott is ready to roll the dice again on Florida's gambling future. He just started negotiating a new compact with the Seminole Tribe.

The first compact with the tribe was signed by former governor Charlie Crist back in 2010. But parts of it are set to expire next year. That includes the portion that allows the Hard Rock to have table games like blackjack.

The governor could renew the existing compact or try to modify it. Changing that deal could open the door to competition from other casinos and even Vegas-style resorts in south Florida.

Governor Scott has never been against those new casinos, but he wants the voters to decide first.

The state Legislature is also talking about gambling this session. The House released a gaming bill this week, that talks about regulations but does not authorize adding new casinos.

The Senate has its own bill that does allow casinos in South Florida. They could vote on those bills in a few weeks.

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