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Jim Shore enters gaming hall of fame

Jim Shore has been general counsel for the tribe since 1982. (Courtesy photo)

The American Gaming Association (AGA) named the Seminole Tribe’s Jim Shore to its gaming hall of fame Sept. 14. Shore is one of six inductees to receive the honor this year.

“Each of these pioneers has left a unique, indelible mark on our industry,” AGA president and CEO Bill Miller said in a statement. “Under their leadership, tribal gaming has boomed, professional sports leagues have embraced sports betting, and the gaming industry is thriving despite the challenges we’ve faced over the past year and a half.”

Shore, the Tribal Council’s general counsel, helped lead the negotiations of a historic gaming compact between the tribe and the state of Florida earlier this year. The tribe can now facilitate sports betting in Florida as early as Oct. 15. The compact also allows the tribe to add craps and roulette to its Florida casinos.

Shore grew up on the Brighton Reservation and earned his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law. He was the first tribal member to practice law, becoming deputy general counsel in 1981 and general counsel in 1982.

An independent panel of gaming executives selected the hall of fame honorees. The AGA will hold an invitation-only event for Shore and the other inductees at its Global Gaming Expo Oct. 4-7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Joining Shore are Knute Knudson Jr., VP of global business development and tribal ambassador, IGT; Jeremy M. Jacobs, chairman, Delaware North; James R. Maida, president and CEO, Gaming Laboratories International; Jeffrey A. Silver, of counsel, Dickinson Wright PLLC; and Dr. Mark Yoseloff, retired chairman/CEO, Shuffle Master Inc. and founder, UNLV Center for Gaming Innovation.

The AGA is the casino industry’s national trade group. It has held hall of fame inductions since 1989. More is at americangaming.org.

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Damon Scott
Damon is a multimedia journalist for the Seminole Tribune. He has previously been an editor and reporter for digital and print media in Florida and his home state of New Mexico. Send him an email at damonscott@semtribe.com.
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