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Florida Lawmakers Ponder Decoupling Poker And Greyhound Racing

Bill Not Likely To Go Forward This Year, But There Is 2016


On Thursday, Florida’s House Regulatory Affairs Committee approved a watered-down gambling bill that if enacted would allow for the decoupling of poker and greyhound racing, according to a report from

The legislation isn’t likely to actually navigate the legislative process, but it does set the stage for more discussions next year, as the state continues to also ponder “destination resorts” in the Miami region.

This week’s discussions reportedly could help lawmakers reach a consensus on how exactly to expand gambling in Florida. There are a lot of different ideas contained in the gambling expansion talks, but it appears that it’s a matter of when, not if.

As for poker, the bill currently on the table would allow dog tracks to eliminate racing but keep more lucrative offerings like their poker rooms and slots.

Florida is already one of the best states for live poker in the country. There are 30 poker rooms in the Sunshine State, and many of them are among the largest, in terms of tables, in the nation.