On April 2, 2010, House Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact Review Chair Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) announced that legislative negotiators had reached an agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida on a five-year, $1.5-billion gaming compact. Rep. Galvano, Senate Regulated Industries Chair Dennis L. Jones (R-Seminole), representatives of Gov. Crist, and representatives of the Seminoles participated in the negotiations. Rep. Galvano said, “We feel we have an agreement we can take back to our respective chambers,” but “it's not a done deal until we get it through the House, the Senate, and the Tribal Council.”
Under the compromise, the tribe would have the exclusive ability to operate blackjack and other banked games at casinos in Hollywood, Immokalee, and Tampa, with an option to add casino games at Coconut Creek. The tribe also could operate Las Vegas-style slot machines at all seven of its casinos for the next 20 years.
The agreement also provides for no-limit poker and extended hours for poker rooms at parimutuel facilities, and allows for video bingo and historic race machines at parimutuel facilities.
According to Rep. Galvano, the agreement should provide more than $400 million in additional state revenue during the 2010 – 2011 fiscal year.