Florida House committee advances poker bill

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By a vote of 16-4, the Florida House Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review advanced <a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=42069&amp;BillText=cardroom&amp;HouseChamber=H&amp;SessionId=61&amp;">HB 7145</a> on Monday.

The bill:
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<li>Increases the bet limit from $5 to $50</li>
<li>Increases the Texas Hold’em no-limit buy-ins from $100 to $1,000</li>
<li>Increases tournament buy-ins consistent with the bet-limit increases</li>
<li>Increases cardroom hours of operation from 12 to 24 per day</li>
<li>Allows cardrooms to host two celebrity/charity tournaments per year with no restrictions on buy-ins, so long as the gross receipts go to charity.</li>
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In addition, the bill establishes new guidelines for quarter horse racing and lowers the tax rate and license fee for pari-mutuels that operate slot machines.

Today, the Florida Senate’s Policy &amp; Steering Committee on Ways &amp; Means will consider <a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=40442&amp;SessionIndex=-1&amp;SessionId=61&amp;BillText=cardroom&amp;BillNumber=&amp;BillSponsorIndex=0&amp;BillListIndex=0&amp;BillStatuteText=&amp;BillTypeIndex=0&amp;BillReferredIndex=0&amp;HouseChamber=S&amp;BillSearchIndex=0">CS SB 836</a>.

The bill removes the bet limits and buy-in restrictions for pokerĀ  cash games and tournaments and expands hours of operation to 18 a day and 24 on weekends.

In addition, the bill allows pari-mutuels that have slot machines to offer blackjack if a compact with the Seminole Tribe is reached that gives the Seminoles craps and roulette, allows pari-mutuels that do not have slot machines to offer electronic gaming machines, establishes new guidelines for quarter horse racing, allows pari-mutuels to offer wagering on historical racing, reduces the tax and license fees for pari-mutuels that operate slot machines, makes 18 the minimum age for all gambling and introduces new regulations for a number of administrative issues.