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New Florida Gambling Rule Could Hurt Card Rooms

State Wants To Get Rid Of 'Designated Player' Games


A proposed rule change to Florida’s lucrative gambling industry could hurt its card rooms that house popular poker games.

Per, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering is eyeing a rule change that would prevent card rooms from offering what are known as “designated player” games. Under Florida’s gambling rules, the Seminole Tribe has the exclusive right for house-banked games such as blackjack and three-card poker.

The proposed regulation would essentially prevent the rule from being circumvented by allowing one of the players in the game to serve as the house.

Attorney John Lockwood, who represents some of the state’s card rooms, said the rule could cost the industry about $50 million. “The division’s draft rule would be completely detrimental to the entire card room industry in Florida,” Lockwood told The News Service of Florida.

Florida and the Seminoles are still hashing out a massive gambling compact.

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