Online Sports Betting Begins In Florida

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Online sports betting is now live in Florida.

Just like that, the Seminole Tribe in Florida flipped the switch at hardrocksportsbook.com.  

The Seminole Tribe owns and operates the Hard Rock Casino.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reached an agreement with the tribe earlier this year to allow for sports betting in the state at various locations.  The catch is all the bets must run through servers on tribal lands.

Florida sports betting became legal on Oct. 15, but the tribe was delayed in implementing its sportsbooks. 

In order to place a wager in Florida, the bettor must be 21.  Bets are eligible on professional and collegiate athletics. The tribe owns and operates six casinos in Florida.

Legal Hurdles Remain 

Opponents to the agreement have filed several cases, arguing the deal violates both federal law and state law.

Two Florida-based casinos filed suit in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, which is home to the Department of Interior. DOI was required to sign off on the compact because it involves tribal lands. Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, did just that in August. 

That case is slated to be heard on Friday.

In another case slated for Friday, but not joined to the DOI case, other opponents argue the agreement violates a 2018 statewide referendum which stipulated only voters — and not lawmakers or the governor — could expand gambling opportunities in the state.

 

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