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Seminole Tribe Requests Mediation Over Card Game Fight

Sen. Bradley wants to renew a gambling contract with the state and Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Sen. Bradley wants to renew a gambling contract with the state and Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Sen. Bradley wants to renew a gambling contract with the state and Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Florida officials are asking the Seminole Tribe when it plans to end card games at its casinos and the tribe has responded—with a request for mediation.

A five-year deal between the state of Florida and the Seminole tribe allowing black jack and other card games at Seminole casinos expires Friday.

The compact requires the tribe to close its card games within 90 days, but the Seminoles say they can keep the cards, because the state violated the agreement by allowing blackjack and other games in others areas.

Now the issue could be heading to mediation. In documents filed Monday, the tribe wants a mediator to decide whether it can keep the games, and allow the tribe to stop making payments to the state and put the dollars into an escrow account instead. The tribe wants to expand its card games into other locations.

The Seminoles are asking for a mediation conference within the next 30 days.

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