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Florida Considers Radical Shake Up To Gambling Laws
Written on Tuesday 31st March, 4:53 pm by admin
poker chip stackFloridians could soon see a change to gambling laws in their state after proposals to relax the rules on age restrictions and limits on stakes have been put forward.

At present Florida residents can gamble in Seminole resorts and parimutuel outlets, but they need to be over the age of 21. They are also limited to stakes in poker games of $100 (£70). But that could all be changing very soon.

A state Senate committee has pushed through an amendment to the rules that would bring down the legal age of casino gambling to 18 and also remove limits on stakes in ‘legal’ poker games. 

"We wanted it to be uniform all the way across," said Sen. Dennis Jones (R-Seminole), chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee that approved the gambling package Wednesday.

"We felt that 18 was a good age."

Opponents are not impressed with the proposals and have raised fears about the effect on the student population and young communities in Florida.

“Lowering the gambling age will open up all kinds of gambling to the young - the highest-risk gambling group," said Pat Fowler, executive director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling.

“Problem gambling in the 18-to-24 age bracket constitutes an overlooked social cost of gambling expansion,” she added.

The minimum age for betting in a Vegas casino is 21, Atlantic City and New Jersey have the same age limit. Other U.S. states are split, with about half putting the minimum at 18 and the rest at 21.

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