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Will gambling bills fall apart? Are historic games slot machines?

With the future of gambling in Florida still unresolved, lawmakers are considering giving the state's struggling horse and dog tracks a new video-style gaming machine to help them attract new business.

''Historic racing'' games operate on computerized machines that replay previously run, but unidentifiable, races that viewers can bet on as though they are live simulcast races.

House and Senate negotiators met for 9 minutes this morning to begin the formal process of settling their differences on two very different gambling bills. They picked a chairman: Sen. Dennis Jones. But with the budget agreement devoid of any gambling money, the prospects look grim for a resolution this session.

If there is one, many lawmakers say the new games might offer some middle ground for the two sides, and the games would not be opposed by the Seminole Tribe. The Senate proposal now gives horse and dog tracks and jai alai frontons outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties the ''historic racing'' games to help increase purses and attract higher stakes races. More here.

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