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Florida Gets No Limit Texas Hold em Poker

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Florida Governor Charlie Crist this week allowed a bill on higher stakes gambling to become law by not signing it.

On Sunday, a new state law takes effect that allows state licensed betting establishments to offer 'no-limit' Texas Hold'em and increase limits on other games.

Additional revenue for the state is estimated at $2.1 million according to projections prepared for the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee.

Senate Democratic Leader Steven Geller of Cooper City said, "I am not a big gambler, but I realize the potential for pari-mutual facilities, for the state, for tourism."

Director of Poker Operations at St. Johns Greyhound Park, Josh Zuckerman, which is just over the St. Johns county line said, "I'm extremely excited, we see potential for nothing but growth." Zuckerman said he is in the process of hiring 20 new dealers to handle the expected flood of new customers.

The law will allow for a 'no-limit' Hold'em with a maximum by in of $100.

State licensed poker rooms were introduced in 1996 and this is the first change in the state's playing rules since 2003.

Poker players in the past have said that the low limits handicapped them and limited the ability to use their skill and strategy at the game.

State Senator Mike Fasano R-New Richey, co-author of the bull said the change "does not signal a major change in his opposition to gambling," further saying, "I'm OK with the expansion of gambling as long as it is within pari-mutual facilities."

Senator Stephen Wise R-Jacksonville is one of 10 senators who voted against the bill saying, "It's a slippery slope, it sends kids the wrong message."

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