Florida seemed close to joining the legal sports betting party in 2020, but politicians failed to make progress before the current session ran out in March.
That means more delays in getting the populous sports-crazy state into the 21st century regarding sports wagering.
A bill that would have required a voter referendum in November stalled and then died. There were late negotiations with the powerful Seminole Tribe, who control gambling via a deal with Florida, but nothing came to pass. And previous discussions around tackling ports betting via the Florida lottery – and not with the Seminoles – also petered out. (Read Florida legalization updates).
Is sports betting legal in Florida?
Not yet, although there seems to be appetite for it – they just need to iron out political differences to make it happen. The question of how or if the Seminole nation adds sports betting to its portfolio of gambling services will loom large.
Where can I bet at Florida sportsbooks?
There are no sportsbooks in Florida and the Seminoles hold all the cards in terms of a) advancing sports betting generally and then b) in offering the service itself. The list of current racinos, card rooms and casinos is below:
|Big Easy Casino||Hallandale Beach||Racino|
|Calder Casino & Race Course||Miami Gardens||Racino|
|Casino Miami Jai-Alai||Miami||Racino|
|Creek Entertainment Gretna||Gretna||Racino|
|Dania Jai-Alai||Dania Beach||Racino|
|Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club||Daytona Beach||Racino|
|Derby Lane||St. Petersburg||Racino|
|Ebro Greyhound Track||Ebro||Racino|
|Flagler Dog Track Magic City Casino||Miami||Racino|
|Fort Pierce Jai-Alai & Poker||Fort Pierce||Racino|
|Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino||Hallandale Beach||Racino|
|Hamilton Jai-Alai and Poker||Jasper||Racino|
|Hialeah Park Race Track||Hialeah||Racino|
|Jacksonville Kennel Club||Orange Park||Racino|
|Jefferson County Kennel Club||Monticello||Racino|
|Melbourne Greyhound Park||Melbourne||Racino|
|Miccosukee Resort Gaming Center||Miami||Native|
|Naples/Fort Myers Greyhound Track||Bonita Springs||Racino|
|Ocala Poker & Jai-Alai||Ocala||Racino|
|Orange Park Kennel Club||Orange Park||Racino|
|Orange City Racing and Card Club||Orange City||Racino|
|Palm Beach Kennel Club||West Palm Beach||Racino|
|Pensacola Greyhound Track||Pensacola||Racino|
|Pompano Park||Pompano Beach||Racino|
|Sarasota Kennel Club||Sarasota||Racino|
|Seminole Casino Big Cypress||Clewiston||Native|
|Seminole Casino Brighton||Okeechobee||Native|
|Seminole Casino Immokalee||Immokalee||Native|
|Seminole Casino Coconut Creek||Coconut Creek||Native|
|Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Hollywood||Hollywood||Native|
|Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Tampa||Tampa||Native|
|Seminole Classic Casino||Hollywood||Native|
|Tampa Bay Downs||Tampa||Racino|
|Tampa Greyhound Track||Tampa||Racino|
|Victory Casino Cruises||Cape Canaveral||Casino Ship|
|Victory Casino Cruises||Jacksonville||Casino Ship|
What about mobile sports betting apps in Florida?
No discussion of mobile as yet.