Itís no secret that Governor Jeb Bush leads the
opposition to slot machines in the state of Florida. But for slots
enthusiasts, and those who support the expansion of slot machines, the
prospect of Bush leaving power is a welcome thought. His open opposition to
slot machines has previously caused concern with the casino operators.
Currently the slot machines are not the only form of gambling in Florida,
and beyond that, they arenít legal yet either. Florida already has gambling
at racetracks, Jai Alai, and Indian reservations, not to mention the state
lottery system that works similarly to what Ohio proposed with Issue 3. The
slot machines will begin running in Broward County in December, and many
look as this as a trial run for the slot machines. Once the state assesses
the success of the slot machines in Broward, many believe it is inevitable
that the slot machines will form racinos across the state within a few
Florida is known for its elderly and tourist populationóthis combination
makes it the perfect place for slot machines as other states have proven
that these are just the demographics that use the slot machines on a regular
So why is it such a great relief that Gov. Bush is on his way out? The other
two candidates for governor are both pro the expansion of slot machines.
Though neither wants carte blanche power to the slots industry, both feel
the state could benefit from revenue and tourism the slot machines will
spread throughout the world.
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