“Poker” in Florida falls in legal waters

Seeral gaming establishments in Florida are now under fire from state regulators for offering player-banked card games illegally, reported Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas earlier on Wednesday.

The parimutuel sites named in the Herald’s tale are Magic City Casino in Miami, St. Petersburg Kennel Club, Gulfstream Race Course, Palm Beach Kennel Club, Jacksonville Kennel Club, Pompano Park Racing and Tampa Bay Downs. Palm Beach Kennel Club has arranged a World Series of Poker Circuit stop at the very recent years, as well as Pompano Park arranged a series of popular repeating series such as the Florida State Poker Championship and the Battle at the Beach.
The cause for the clamp down seems to be a number of pseudo-poker versions where players try to make hands against a house player, the dealer. Instances named in the piece include 3-card poker, 2-card poker, pai gow poker and casino war.
Division of Parimutuel Wagering of the state originally classified those games under a law which authorized poker, while “player-banked” games in which a house player is tangled are the sole ownership of the Seminole Tribe under a contract with the state. Now, this might be altering, as the Seminole Tribe has registered a lawsuit to halt the player-banked games, sid the Herald story.


The racing sites stated that they have done nothing bad. Tampa Bay Downs lobbyist Chris Kise told that they are operating pursuant to the license they gave them and now they are suing them. It does not make sense. The nature and timing of this complaint seem rather curious.