As of now Broward and Miami-Dade counties are allowed to have slot machines in
gaming facilities. The compact between the Seminole Tribe and Florida gives
exclusive gaming rights to the tribe outside of the Miami area.
However, Gretna Racing LLC believes horse racing tracks should also be allowed
to operate slot machines in their casinos and card rooms. The company believes
this should be allowed due to a statute that was passed by state Legislature in
Since 2003 Broward and Miami-Dade counties have been allowed to operate slot
machines as long as the gaming venues have pari-mutuel betting.
However, Miami-Dade's Hialeah Park was granted permission by state lawmakers to
operate slot machines. The casino has a Class III gaming license.
It is from this ruling that Gretna is pushing for a change in Florida's gaming
law. The company has developed a casino and wishes to operate slot machines. The
Poarch Band of Creek Indians has partnered with the company on the casino.
Oral arguments were heard on June 7 at the Florida Supreme Court. However it
unknown when a decision will be made by the court.
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