Originally Posted by Lord_Strife
This is gonna be real intriguing down the stretch. Not fully sure what I'm supposed to be rooting for.
For live poker, I think we have everything we need at the moment. Bringing in resort casinos could cause some of the pari-mutuels to close their doors, but I'm sure the new casinos would have poker as well - maybe with bigger events down the road.
If we don't get a federal bill for online poker, the Florida legislature will no doubt consider intrastate i-poker again. Having resort casinos will just make settling on a bill more complex as there will be more vested interests vying for their advantages. It could also make the question of opting in to a federal bill more difficult as well.
Personally, I think the current "status quo" of live poker is fine, and adding resort casinos probably increases somewhat the chances of i-poker prohibition for FL. I also think the resort casino bill as written is a bad deal for FL state revenues, although that could be fixed by amendment. On the plus side, there will be some job creation and some increased tourism for FL.
I, too, don't know yet what I'm rooting for.