Florida Politics news report
DPMW directed Best Bet to cease offering player-banked games and levied a $4,500 fine on the racino. Other Florida racinos and poker rooms were put on notice that DPMW intends to enforce this order statewide, notwithstanding unresolved court litigation that continues to this day.
It's hard to tell the immediate effect the DPMW order is having "on the ground" in the affected properties. But, the Internet site for Best Bet indicates it continues to offer player-banked card games, as does the poker room nearest me in Gretna, Florida. Maybe the $4,500 fine doesn't scare properties that each earn about $1 million a month from the affected games.
Anyhow, the gantlet has been thrown down by DPMW, and fireworks are sure to follow as the effect of this administrative order ripples through Florida's non-Tribal gaming facilities.
games like 3-card poker and pai-gow poker
Not these games, but poker games with a "designated player"
Designated-player games are a hybrid, where the bank is supposed to revolve among the players.
But in Jacksonville, each designated player is “required to bring a minimum of $30,000 to each table, and takes no active role in the game
apparently especially irking:
card rooms were flouting state law by allowing third-party companies to buy their way into the games, using a worker to act as a virtual bank
Same as in California where actors would get a gig as a dealer in the Bicycle Club: the club took its rake, the real money was in Banking the games.
There is a "player" at the third base spot with a rack full of chips. They pay/collect like a dealer would. Like Lucky said, I'm not sure a $4,500 fine is much of a deterrent.
On a related front, there is a Duval County referendum on the ballot next week to allow slots at Best Bet Jax. The referendum doesn't say specifically that it's for Best Bet Jax, of course, but it is to allow slots "only in parimutuels." (There is only one such establishment in Duval County -- Best Bet.)
There's a PAC called "Families for Happy Kids" or some such nonsense (no doubt a front for Best Bet) running ads in favor of the referendum. Their ads claim that the addition of a couple hundred slot machines will result in 2,000 more jobs for the area. Seriously? I don't really care one way or another about adding slot machines, but please don't insult my intelligence. Even if you include all the new payday loan, debt collection, pawn shop, divorce attorney, and law enforcement jobs this will add, I still can't fathom how they get to 2,000.
I have not heard any opposition to the referendum, so it will probably pass.
Florida Division of Pari-Mutual Wagering administrative cease-play order? What cease-play order?
If you actually read the judges order, the issues he had was with the games not being operated as described to the state. With that fixed and those specific issues addressed, there would be no reason to shut anything down. It's like a health inspector telling you to clean up under the fridge.
Ummm... maybe I'm missing something here. I think the "issues addressed" are far more fundamental than "clean up under the fridge." IMHO, the judge stabbed a dagger deep into the very bowels of the "designated player" games and how they are played when she (the judge was a woman) concluded the following:
Quote: Recommended Order: Case 16-1009
“Jacksonville’s operation of designated-player games is no more than a systematic banking of games in the cardroom. The corporate application requirements, combined with the dual-rake structure, are disincentives to the rotation of the button and participation in the game by truly interested designated players. The result is game play in which employees from an outside corporate designated player sit either idly at racks of chips, or, alternately, organize the chips for the convenience of the dealer in taking the rake and place chips into the racks according to denomination.” [Paragraph 105]
Note on "dual-rake": With more than one "designated player" at the table, the house rake is 500 percent the rake amount assessed if there is only one designated player at the table.
It also seems to me your comment about the "games not being operated as described" also glosses over some important issues. The Recommended Order summarizes how the various games are "supposed" to be played, according to game rules provided by the card room to the State.
For example, in Pai-Gow Poker must the Designated Player arrange his/her hand according to some "House Way"? Nope. But, as played, there is a "House Way" and the Dealer does, in fact, set the cards in the Designated Player hand as the "House Way" requires. The Designated Player cannot intervene, for example, by saying, "No, split the pairs," when the "House Way" requires they not be split.
The Recommended Order goes through all the "player-banked" games Best-Bet offered, none (apparently) played as promised by the card room.
So, I remain amazed that the card rooms continue to offer player-banked games. But, perhaps they agree with you that a few minor adjustments fix these problems. Stay tuned. Film at eleven, don'cher know?
Elsewhere, the State of Florida lost a big one to the Seminole Tribe when a state circuit court judge ruled that the state had violated provisions of its compact with the tribe by allowing others to offer banked card games. Clearly, Florida poker rooms now offer player-banked card games, with the result that the Seminole Tribe can now offer its own banked card games for the remainder of its 20-year compact with the state.
But, in trying to sort this out, there was much ado about differences between "player-banked" and "house-banked" card games. The judge decided it made no difference for purposes of the compact. But, he carried it a step further, stating (Final Opinion, p.20):
I assume without deciding that, as suggested by these authorities, the Department's rule authorizing player-banked games ... is invalid.
Now Gretna (and the other poker rooms) want the judge to delete that (and any similar) reference. They don't want some knee-jerk legal precedent that might affect their ongoing case. As the story (below) notes, if they had known the judge was going (to assume) to rule on the legality of the administrative rule authorizing card rooms to offer player-banked games, they would have wanted to participate. As it is, they contend, they had no opportunity to have their day in (this) court, because the issue before the court was not the legality of banked games, but whether allowing them affected the compact.
Attorneys for the Seminole Tribe want no part of this. Here's a very good write up of the latest legal wrangling:
Seminole Tribe Not Happy In Gambling Dispute
Leave it to Florida to wrestle with such important issues as these, right?
This is one of the best Pai Gow games in the country
No commission, minimum bet just 5 bucks all day. Even weekends, they never raise the minimum
No BS EZ Pai Gow rules
The house just has a very slight edge due to winning ties
This game was just Pai Gow Poker, no fortune bet
Well I heard they now allow the fortune bet.
I went and checked it out
minimum 5 bucks on the fortune bet
allow a low 5 bucks for pai gow
but require a high 5 bucks for fortune :-(