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Floridians have been gambling for 120 years, often illegally. In one of the periodic crackdowns — this one in 1949 — the St. Petersburg police chief chops up a poker table.

Gambling has not always been legal in Florida but it has always been here. A century before the state established the lottery, legalized slot machines, and opened the doors to casinos on Seminole reservations, Henry Flagler was enticing high rollers to the state.