NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Las Vegas Sands ( LVS - Get Report) is making its case on Thursday to Florida's Legislature for Vegas-style casinos in the state.

The casino operator is proposing to allow non-tribal casinos in Florida to compete with the Seminole Tribe that currently monopolizes the market. Sands argues that opening up gambling would bolster Florida's economy and tourism.
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Under its proposal, Sands would accept up to four bids to build resort casinos in areas including Tampa and South Florida. The proposal also states that no more than 10% of the floor space would be allocated to casino games.

While Sands would compete directly with the Seminole Tribe, the company said it wouldn't hurt the state's pari-mutuels, which target the regional market. Sands is looking to draw international tourism from South America and Europe.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.


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