A federal judge late last week refused to block approval by the U.S. Department of the Interior of Florida’s first gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe, and the final step in the approval process, a notice in the Federal Register, was published on Monday.

That paved the way for the Seminoles that same day to transfer $50 million to the state. The transfer was part of the compact the tribe negotiated with Gov. Charlie Crist in return for nearly exclusive rights to operate Class III, or Las Vegas-style slot machines, and card games such as baccarat, chemin de fer, and blackjack in seven existing gaming facilities on tribal lands.

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