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Florida governor announces deal with Seminole Tribe on gambling money

Niji Ng

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced an agreement between Seminole Tribe and the state, which would see the company extending its payment of more than $300 million a year as casino money to the state. The announcement comes in the wake of legislative leaders holding behind-the-scenes talks about revamping the gambling industry.

The tribe would keep on making the payments, as per the 2010 gambling agreement, through the 2019 legislative session. In exchange, the tribe will have exclusive rights to offer games such as blackjack at its casinos and will remain the state’s only slot-machine operator outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Scott, who will leave office in January after eight years, said “Today, I am proud to announce that the state of Florida has reached an agreement with the Seminole Tribe which ensures the tribe’s current commitment remains intact.… Since I took office, the Seminole compact (the 2010 agreement) has generated more than $1.75 billion which has helped our state make historic investments in things like Florida’s education and environment.”

This announcement is not expected to scuttle negotiations between House and Senate leaders as they try to enforce a sweeping gambling bill before the November election, when voters will decide whether to allow a constitutional amendment that would make it difficult to expand gambling. The proposed amendment, subject to approval, will allow the voters to decide on future gambling expansions, as opposed to the present system that is controlled by the legislature.

Rep. Jose Oliva and Sen. Bill Galvano, who will take over as House speaker and Senate president after the fall elections, have been in talks for weeks — without the Seminoles at the table — about a possible special session on the gambling issue.

The two leaders are reportedly close to agreement but have not closed out a deal that likely would encompass slot machines, controversial “designated player” card games and myriad other gambling-related issues. Lawmakers’ efforts to reach agreement on major gambling issues have repeatedly failed over the years.

“It’s a positive development but does not rule out a special [session]. There are still many questions regarding the statewide framework of gaming,” Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, said in a text message, referring to the agreement that Scott announced Wednesday with the tribe.

The ongoing discussions between the Republican legislative leaders are “more of a conversation than a negotiation,” Oliva said.

The agreement announced Wednesday would guarantee until May 2019 the continued flow of Seminole cash into the state budget — ostensibly one of the reasons legislative leaders have been floating the idea of holding a special session. But the agreement also could be part of an effort to head off attempts by lawmakers to expand gambling through steps such as allowing slot machines outside of Broward and Miami-Dade.

“It certainly is a positive step. However, we are continuing discussions regarding a special session,” said Galvano, a Bradenton Republican who has been instrumental in negotiating agreements with the Seminoles over the past several years.

The announcement from Scott’s office came after a series of developments that began with the 2015 expiration of one of the critical provisions of the 2010 compact. That provision gave the tribe exclusivity in being able to offer banked card games, such as blackjack.

While the tribe continued making payments to the state after the provision expired, the money was put in jeopardy because of a dispute about lucrative designated-player games at state-regulated pari-mutuel facilities.

A federal judge sided with the tribe in a dispute over whether designated-player games breached the Seminoles’ exclusivity over offering banked card games. The tribe agreed to continue making payments to the state, and gambling regulators promised to “aggressively enforce” the manner in which cardrooms conduct the designated player games.

But a temporary deal between the state and the Seminoles, in which the tribe agreed to continue making the payments, expired late in March, sparking the push for a new round of negotiations.

The Seminoles have never threatened to stop making payments to the state, although their Tallahassee lawyer, Barry Richard, has repeatedly said that is something they could do, given the federal judge’s ruling.

The new agreement “was intended as a level of comfort to anybody in the Legislature or the governor’s office or anywhere else that had any concerns that the tribe was intending to end the payments, which we never intended to do,” he said Wednesday. “So we gave people comfort.”

Source: orlandosentinel.com

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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LucidSound Brings Gaming Audio to ‘The Wall’, Announcing an eSports Partnership with Caesars Entertainment

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Newly Supercharged LS25 eSports Gaming Headset Drives Gaming Audio at The Wall Gaming Lounge, Taking Competitive eSports To New Heights at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

 

LucidSound®, the fastest growing brand in gaming headsets, announced today that LucidSound has been selected as the official headset of Caesars Entertainment new eSports venue at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Driven by the growing popularity of eSports and inspired by competitive gamers from across the globe, The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has introduced the first phase of Las Vegas’ newest interactive space by Hybrid One: The Wall Gaming Lounge. Partnering with the leaders in PC gaming, Alienware, powered by NVIDIA GeForce® GTX® GPUs, The Wall is the first permanent eSports venue for Caesars Entertainment. A multi-phased, 24,000 square-foot project, The Wall is now open and boasts ample gaming and lounge space highlighted by 30, high performance Alienware gaming PCs. A number of console gaming stations are also available.

The gaming station at The Wall is equipped with the all-new LucidSound LS25 eSports Gaming Headset. Featuring the signature LucidSound control scheme, gamers can adjust their audio simply by turning their ear-cup, an innovative solution, vital to competitive play, that allows gamers to remain focused on the action.

Driving innovation in eSports audio, the LS25 is designed to offer even greater audio performance. Improved 50mm drivers offers substantially better audio fidelity, allowing gamers to pinpoint team-mates and opponents during tournament play. A re-engineered headband provides increased strength to survive extended gaming sessions, and new, easily interchangeable ear-cups actively resist sweat and provide memory-foam comfort to the gamer.

“The team at Caesars Entertainment have designed an innovative new space to support competitive play that can be enjoyed by gamers of all levels,” said Chris Von Huben, CEO of LucidSound. “LucidSound is delighted to be part of this trailblazing experience, drawing gamers into the action with unparalleled audio provided by our LS25 headsets.”

Available now at GameStop, Amazon and other leading gaming retailers, the LS25 delivers advanced technology designed for tournament play. Key features include:

  • A remarkably clear sound stage so that gamers can easily identify teammates, opponents and audio cues providing the difference between victory and defeat
  • Powerful 50mm High-Fidelity speakers with Neodymium magnets, specifically engineered for gaming
  • Designed for long-play sessions the LS25 uses advanced memory foam ear cushions that conform to the individual user and offer superior comfort
  • Dual mics allowing players the option of using the integrated discrete mic (Ideal for phone calls and casual chat) or the unidirectional, flexible boom mic for intense gaming sessions
  • Direct to PC connection via a 3.5mm audio jack, ensuring a simple connection to any gaming rig
  • Proprietary control system, allowing gamers to adjust volume simply by twisting the ear cup
  • Fully compatible with PC, Xbox One (including Xbox One X), PlayStation®4, Nintendo® Switch and mobile platforms

The LS25 is available now at www.lucidsound.com and participating retailers for a MSRP of $79.99.

 

About LucidSound

LucidSound is committed to designing premium quality audio products for gamers. Every team member of LucidSound hails from a gaming audio background with a vision to deliver world-class audio to the interactive entertainment sector. Uncompromising in its insistence for audio excellence, the Company crafts audio products specifically for the needs of gamers and everyday life. Strikingly different in appearance from traditional gaming hardware, the LucidSound family of products unlocks the emotion and intensity of modern gaming audio, elevating the experience for gamers everywhere.

 

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BetMakers signs deal with William Hill

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Global Betting Services (GBS), a subsidiary of Australian racing data and analytics supplier the BetMakers, has inked a two-year agreement with William Hill Global (WHG). The deal will allow the Australian company to provide a global racing solution, which will be available to retail, online and B2B customers in the US and UK, for William Hill. William Hill will get to access the suite of global products and services from GBS, including among other things Tote access. With this, William Hill can offer another type of wagering product to its fixed odds racing solutions both in the UK and, in particular, the US market.

William Hill group trading director Terry Pattinson explained: “After a very successful six years of working with GBS under the William Hill Australia brands, William Hill group trading is committed to working more closely with The BetMakers as the company pushed towards a worldwide racing trading product.”

“Implementing the BetMakers’ products will allow us to offer an unparalleled global racing product in all racing jurisdictions as we further expand outside of the UK, with racing product from Asia, Europe, Australia and importantly North America being a key driver of our expansion.”

The BetMakers CEO Todd Buckingham commented: “This is a significant milestone for The BetMakers with William Hill having such a big reach across the UK and into the US markets through its B2B customers. We look forward to working with its team to deliver a racing solution that meets its needs and we look forward to delivering innovative products to enhance its offerings and deliver maximum returns.“

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Wisconsin resident hits jackpot at O’Sheas Casino at The LINQ Hotel & Casino

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Jon Oelke, an unknown gambler from Kenosha, Wisconsin, has become an instant millionaire after hitting the jackpot at O’Sheas Casino at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. He played Three Card Poker Progressive with his family and friends and hit a royal flush to win the jackpot of more than $1.3 million.

Located at the centre of the Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino is often referred to as the luckiest casino. It offers 2,253 rooms including 244 suites with two unique penthouses and 25 cabana rooms with direct access to the pool. O’Sheas Casino hosts 11 table games. This is the third time that somebody hitting the million-dollar jackpot in the last three years at the casino. Byron Neel, a resident of Virginia, hit the jackpot $1 million with a royal flush on Three Card Poker in July 2015. James Orr, a resident of In Nov. of 2016, Wyoming, repeated the feat in November of 2016. Now, Jon Oelke joined the lucky gambling millionaire club.

 

About The LINQ Hotel & Casino:
As the social hub at the center of the Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino offers a total of 2,253 newly renovated rooms including 244 suites with two unique penthouses and 25 cabana rooms with direct access to the pool. Positioned between Flamingo Las Vegas and Harrah’s Las Vegas, guests experience one distinctive destination with The LINQ Promenade and High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. Designed with the modern traveler in mind, the resort launched the first fully integrated self check-in program on the Las Vegas Strip in 2015. Enjoy celebrated chef Guy Fieri’s first Las Vegas restaurant, Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, award-winning Hash House a Go Go and direct access to O’Sheas Casino, Off The Strip and Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar. Entertainment and nightlife experiences include 3535, a unique take on the lobby bar, as well as magician Mat Franco, “America’s Got Talent” Season Nine winner. The brand-new race and sports book experience, The Book, offers unique fan caves and innovative technology. The LINQ Hotel & Casino also offers a reimagined pool deck featuring two pools, the new 15,000-square-foot Spa at The LINQ and fitness center, The Silver Sky Chapel for intimate weddings and 63,000 square feet of meeting space. The LINQ Hotel & Casino is operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR).

About Caesars Entertainment:
Caesars Entertainment is the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider and the most geographically diverse U.S. casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions. Caesars Entertainment’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars Entertainment’s portfolio also includes the Caesars Entertainment UK family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars Entertainment is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment.

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