The Seminole Tribe in Florida owns and operates some of the most popular casinos in the state. Earlier this morning, news broke of a Seminole casino explosion that injured six individuals. More information on this explosion is now beginning to come out.
A lot has been happening with Florida’s gambling industry lately. This explosion was the last thing the Seminole Tribe needed to happen.
Here’s what you need to know about the incident at the tribe’s casino today.
Details on the Seminole Casino Explosion are Coming Out
Florida is home to a huge number of popular casinos. Some of these are known as “racinos” offering both horse racing and a limited number of casino games. Several true Class III Native American casinos are also operating throughout the state.
The Seminole Tribe owns and operates most of the casinos in Florida. Early this morning, reports surfaced claiming that an explosion took place at the Seminole Classic Casino Hollywood. It has now been confirmed that the Seminole Casino explosion sent six individuals to the hospital with minor injuries.
Tribe spokesman Gary Bitner claims that a fire suppression device ruptured in the casino, causing this explosion. Bitner explained that the device was being done on the device when the incident occurred. You can check out his comments below.
“It had been reconnected with a gas canister,” Bitner said. “It’s actually fire suppression equipment that uses gas to put out a fire.”
Patrons reported a loud explosion when the canister ruptured. Fortunately, no serious, life-threatening injuries have been reported. This casino is already back up and running normally and officials appear confident nothing similar will take place in the future.
When Will Florida’s Sports Betting Industry Launch?
Florida was once considered one of the more anti-gambling states in the country. Things have changed in recent years and the state is now home to many popular gambling venues. State officials have also approved compacts that will allow for the Seminole Tribe to offer sports betting options in the state.
The original goal was for the state’s sports betting options to launch by the first game of the 2021/2022 NFL season. Unfortunately, that did not end up being the case. Several groups have engaged in legal battles to delay the launch of sports betting here.
It is not entirely clear when sports gambling will become available in the state. The Seminole Tribe has already moved to dismiss the latest lawsuit challenging sports betting in Florida. Most agree that state officials will soon work to get this industry up and running.
The start of the NFL season has already resulted in a staggering amount of revenue. Tens of millions of wagers have been placed on the season. This is likely to increase as the season continues and more states launch their first sportsbooks.
Officials in Florida want a piece of the revenue pie coming in from legal football betting. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on the launch of sports betting here as the months go on.
Casino Revenue Continues to Increase
The US casino industry has recovered from the events that unfolded in 2020. Last year, casino revenue around the country hit all-time lows. Casino companies had an extremely difficult time bringing in patrons throughout the year.
Things have turned around in 2021. In fact, the AGA maintains that this will be the best year in history for the US casino industry. States around the country continue to report huge surges in their casino earnings.
Many analysts expect to see states report casino revenue increases in the coming months. Some saw their revenue figures dip over August. That includes Maryland, which saw just $168.5 million in total gross gaming revenue over the month.
September tends to be a successful month for the gaming industry. That seems to be due in part to sports fans flocking to casinos to make wagers on the start of the NFL season. It will be interesting to see how much money casinos bring in over the fall months.
Were you surprised to hear about the Seminole Casino explosion? When do you expect Florida to legalize sports betting? Let us know in the comments section below.