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South Florida racinos get green light for video blackjack

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:41 pm
by ribenitez
South Florida parimutuels received state approval for virtual blackjack, an electronic version of the popular card game in which players place bets around a video terminal.


"The machines got the OK because players compete individually against the dealer and work off of what is called a ``random number generator.'' That makes them, technically, slot machines, which Broward and Miami-Dade voters have approved.

About 30 other gambling jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, California and Delaware, agree the machines have the same inner workings as slot machines. The Florida parimutuels petitioned the state for the games about a year ago, and the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering responded last week by allowing electronic blackjack, Keno and roulette.

The machines are popular in Pennsylvania, which has no live table games, and some Las Vegas casinos use them because the machines whip out more hands (read: profit) per hour. Players like them because there is no dealer to tip."

What do you guys think? Is this the start of table games in all facilities based on this next step?