Well, boys and girls, looks like the Tribe is going to be in the Craps and Roulette (real roulette...not electronic) business sooner rather than later, according to our good friends at the Tampa Bay Times. Although this legislative hurdle still has some wet ink, it's looking positive. No word yet on when (if?...c'mon...if?) the infrastructure will be in place any time soon. As it is now, the SHR is one of the world's largest casinos, with a gaming floor of about the size of five football fields. I've never scored a touchdown there but I have made a few first downs. And in other late breaking governmental news, there is such a thing as gaming welfare. Apparently, for reasons I don't grasp, the legislature is looking to dole out to Tampa Bay Downs (the non-slot-machine-having horse track*) an annual stipend of $10M - what with them being so close to the SHR - to make them 'competitive' (or have access to funding) that levels the philosophical playing field with south Florida. Basically, the line of thinking is that the track can draw higher pools with top horses. And with a straight face, it was said that this is to ensure the thoroughbred horse industry in Florida. Without live racing venues horse breeders in Florida would be impacted. Hey...Ringling Brothers is holding on line two. Want me to transfer the call? And for even more entertainment, the legislature signed off on a new casino in the nebulous area defined as 'south Florida' with the agreement that it maxes out at 1.5K slot machines and is located at least five miles from any existing pari mutuel. There are other restrictions, but it's gaming creep none the less. We are currently in a holding pattern as we await the counter offer from the Senate. Sincerely, Dean S. Robinson Democratic Peoples Republic of Carrollwood Gaming Commission * - the tracks in South Florida do offer such amenities, to enable patrons to lose even more money in one location, rather than have to bet the ponies over here and go to the casino over there.