Nick Sortal is South Florida’s expert journalist when it comes to the gambling scene. He covered the openings, expansions, poker tournaments, entertainment, and human-interest facets of the industry for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel from 2007 until taking a buyout in November 2015, capping a 30-year career that included state and national awards and features about naked yoga. He now writes a weekly column for the Miami Herald and also reports about gambling on his site, SouthFloridaGambling.com. The Southern Illinois native worked for papers in St. Louis and Indianapolis before joining the Sun Sentinel in 1985. He likes triathlons, country music, basketball, and bragging about his family.
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Three-card poker might be a contributor to the dissolution of an agreement between the state and the Seminoles. So why did the Isle casino recently begin offering it? It's in the details...
4 years ago | Economy
A year ago, Governor Rick Scott had worked out a compact with the Seminoles for $3 billion. That's $3 billion more than the state is likely going to get now.
Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach is one of the rare tracks that continues to increase its revenues. Now there's a $1-million-per-horse race in January that should draw even more attention.
A court victory that gives the Seminoles blackjack for the next 15 years gives them leverage, so legislators might be more willing to knuckle down.
4 years ago | Concerts
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