On November 16th, 2007, the new regulations that will permit the Seminole Indian Casino to feature blackjack, baccarat and Las Vegas style slot machines is not expected to affect the business opportunity of poker rooms in Florida that have become well known since the state decided to allow people to play poker years ago.
The Sarasota Kennel Club is one of those poker rooms that is not apprehensive about the new poker regulations. The Kennel Club will also expand their operations like the Seminole Tribe. They are expanding their poker tables from 24 up to 32 tables. Although dropping attendance during race day for the last several years has prompted the Club to only feature dog races during wintertime, when the tourist season is on full swing, poker is attracting more and more patrons every year.
A Kennel Club spokesperson said that he did not expect that the brand new gambling regulations of Florida, which allows blackjack and baccarat to be offered at Seminole Tribe owned casinos to have a bad impact on poker rooms, saying that poker players are generally loyal and will not likely play blackjack instead.
Most poker enthusiasts say that they will stick with their local casino or poker room instead of driving all the way to the Seminole casino in Tampa to play poker. So although the Seminole gaming expansion will likely increase visitors from out of state, state poker players will likely play in their local poker rooms.