IMMOKALEE, Fla. - Blackjack is here to stay at the Seminole Casinos.
Governor Charlie Crist signed Senate Bill 622 with the Seminole Tribe, legalizing certain types of gambling. The agreement allows Vegas style slots, blackjack and other table games.
The deal means job security for Immokalee Casino employees, plus is also opens up the opportunity for expansion of the casino.
The state also gets a large payout from the Seminoles.
"One billion dollars over the next five years come to Florida and our children, and our schools, and our most vulnerable and education. And that is a wonderful thing," Crist said to a group at the Hollywood Seminole Casino.
The bill still has to be approved by the U.S. Department of Interiors, which is expected in June.
The deal also allows some casinos to have card betting 24 hours a day and higher limits.