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Casino Chaos in Florida As Poker Limit Restrictions Loosen

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Las Vegas and Atlantic City have long been considered the hip places in the United States for gambling, but with new governor Charlie Crist not blocking the way, Florida could find that it soon will be the Gaming giant of the country.

On July 1st a major step was taken by the state of Florida, when poker rooms around the state loosened their restrictions on limits.

Previous laws stated that there could only be minimal raises in any one hand of poker, but the new laws allow players to play all in poker, which means at any time a player could risk all of his playing chips in one hand.

The new law has already seen casinos in South Florida reaping the benefits as at 12:01 on Friday bedlam broke loose at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood. Waiting lists of upwards of 200 people were created for players waiting to get on the new no limit tables.

So many players were waiting, in fact, that the casino, which usually has players playing in different denomination tournaments, shut down their tournaments for the night to accommodate the waiting players.

A similar scene took place at the Seminole Coconut Creek casino, where there were not enough tables to meet the demand.

Another part of the new law is that casinos can add 500 slot machines, upping their number to 2000, and also can now stay open for eighteen hours a day.

There is much speculation that the pending negotiations with the state's Indian tribes will end in full table games including blackjack, craps, and roullette.

Governor Christ was given sixty days to negotiate a deal with the indian tribes, who feel that the states new laws entitle them to the same Vegas style slots that the state's pari mutuels now carry. Their is a pending lawsuit in federal court filed by the Indian tribes, and Governor Christ would rather see a deal in place that would regulate and tax the Indian casinos, and most believe a move to full gaming table games will be the sticking point for the Indian tribes.

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