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UPDATE: FL Gov. Charlie Crist makes $1 billion Seminole gambling deal official

Casino Watch Focus reported that the Florida government passed a deal with the Seminole Indians despite major opposition.  Now, the Miami Herald is reporting that the deal has been made official with Gov. Crist’s signature: With little fanfare, Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday signed the bill ratifying the $1 billion Seminole gambling compact with the […]

Florida Gov Crist’s deal with the Seminole Indians voted down in committee

Casino Watch Focus has been providing updates to the gambling compact between the Florida Legislature and the Seminole Indians.  It was last determined that no special session would be extended for the negotiations, thus setting the compact back to square one.  With the legislative session beginning, the first step in moving the compact forward is […]

A Brief Look at Crime 01/14 – 01/20

Two Kelowna women charged with stealing $180K from Okanagan hospice  The Central Okanagan Hospice Association (COHA), whose mandate is to offer care, comfort and support for the dying, is under the microscope now that two former employees have been charged with fraud and theft. A little more than a year ago, Global Okanagan was first […]

UPDATE: Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Joins Legal Battle to Prevent Dangerously Deceptive Decoupling Greyhound Bill from Appearing on the Florida Ballot

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the recent attempts to completely remove the gambling associated with greyhound racing from Florida. This was not something that passed in the legislature this year, so the idea was to propose the idea through the constitutional amendment committee. It started a as a full removal, but it didn’t have the […]

A Brief Look at Crime 04/09 – 04/15

Mum-of-five stabbed to death in front of children after argument with her gambling addicted husband A mother-of-five was stabbed to death in front of some of her children following an argument with her gambling addicted husband. Parvez Akhtar plunged a combat style knife into his 49-year-old wife’s chest on the doorstep of her home after […]

$3 billon Seminole Gambling Compact Signed by Gov Scott Moves on to the Florida Legislature

Casino Watch Focus has reported  on the ongoing negotiations of the Seminole tribe and the Florida Legislature to come to terms on a new gambling compact for the state. It appears after many months of such negotiations, Florida Gov. Scott and the Seminoles have reached a $3 billion gambling deal.   In general, because of the […]

Florida-Seminole Gambling Compact Sees Lawsuit Added to Negotiations

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts of both the Florida Legislature and the Seminole Nation to successfully negotiated a renewed gambling compact for the state. The deadline passed with no resolution, so the state asked the Seminoles to stop offering card games and the Seminole responded with their own pressure. Then it […]

New Jersey Sports Betting Lawsuit sees briefs filed to the Supreme Court on both sides; State’s rights issues draw in additional briefs

Casino Watch Focus has been reporting on the ongoing efforts of New Jersey to pass legislation that would allow legalized sports betting.  Major opposition has come from the NCAA, NFL. NHL, MLB and even the federal government.  Support has really just been from interested gambling parties in the New Jersey landscape.  The legislation was challenged […]

NJ Sports Betting Law seeks Supreme Court Audience to Expand Gambling

Casino Watch Focus has reported on New Jersey’s many failed attempts at legalizing sports betting on the same scale as allowed in Las Vegas.  NJ Gov. Chris Cristie, and his desire to expand sports gambling in his state, is opposed by the NCAA, NFL, MLB, NHL and the Federal Government.  Earlier this year a federal […]

A Brief Look at Crime 03/19 – 03/25

Tucson robbery, police chase ends in deadly crash Two men suspected of following a group of women and robbing them in their home are dead after a chase lead to a car crash in the early morning hours on Tuesday, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Four men approached a group of women late […]

Florida Legislator Looking to Replace One Plan of Expanded Gambling for Another

Casino Watch Focus reported that after a Florida appellate court upheld the decision of a lower court to effectively allow legislators to expand gambling without a vote of the people, the anticipated “destination casino” bills were filed.  Now, one Florida House Rep is looking to capitalize on people’s frustrations by enacting a different gambling bill.  […]

A Brief Look at Crime 11/29 – 12/05

AP: Broncos’ Kenny McKinley deep in debt before suicide Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley had a gambling problem and was deep in debt when he committed suicide on Sept. 21, friends and family told authorities during a probe into his death. Detectives also determined that McKinley had spoken about suicide with at least three of […]

Florida makes a statement against gambling with election of Mark Rubio

Casino Watch Focus reported that Rep. Mark Rubio was running for State Senate against Florida Governor Charlie Crist and that the election could represent a major impact on the national online gambling debate.  An online source explains Mark Rubio won the Senate Seat and the people of Florida clearly sent an anti-gambling message with his […]

Florida election could be key to online gambling legislation

Casino Watch Focus reported that Rep. Barney Frank is pushing a bill to legalize online gambling and that it was voted out of committee and opened up to debate.  The bill is expected to be tabled until after the new year because of the mid-term elections.  One area of concern for Rep. Frank is Florida.  […]

Florida passes gambling compact with Seminole Indians despite major opposition

Casino Watch Focus has been reporting on the dealings between the Florida Legislature and the Seminole Indians regarding a gambling compact.  After Gov. Crist’s last deal was voted down in committee, Florida has been hard at work to find an agreement including entertaining ideas of full scale Vegas Style gambling. Now it appears that a […]