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Florida Sports Betting

Florida Sports Betting Legalization News

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:

Casino City Type
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
Oxford Downs Summerfield 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.

What is the legal sports betting age in Florida?

The legal age is 21 to play gambling machines, but 18 to play bingo, lotteries and pari-mutuel.

Who is allowed to offer Florida sports betting?

This hasn’t been decided but expect the Seminoles to hold the key to sports betting in Florida.

Who regulates or licenses Florida sports betting?

The Seminole Tribal Gaming Commission manages its affairs. If the state needed an overall body to regulate sports betting matters, a gambling commission would be established by legislation.

What sports will be favorites of Florida sports bettors?

Florida is a tourism-heavy and recreation-focused state. It’s therefore not surprising that professional and college sports are huge here. Each pro league has at least two teams in the state.

The NFL features three teams, headlined by the NFL South’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whose signing of Tom Brady in 2020 vaulted them ahead of the other teams in terms of betting profile. The Miami Dolphins (AFC East) and Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South) complete the Florida NFL betting picture.

The NBA has two teams with the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic in the Southeast Division. The NHL also features two teams, the Florida Panthers in Sunrise and the Tampa Bay Lightning, both in the Atlantic Division.

MLB has the Miami Marlins (NL East) and Tampa Bay Rays (AL East). MLS also has pro soccer teams in Inter Miami and Orlando City.

College sports is where betting in Florida could really take off, with so much interest and so many top-quality teams. In football, the Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles of the ACC, along with the Florida Gators of the powerful SEC, dominate the Florida college landscape.

The rest of the Florida college roster is below.

Team Conference
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats MEAC
FIU Panthers C-USA
Florida Gators SEC
Florida A&M Rattlers MEAC
Florida Atlantic Owls C-USA
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Atlantic Sun
Florida State Seminoles ACC
Jacksonville Dolphins Atlantic Sun
Miami Hurricanes ACC
North Florida Ospreys Atlantic Sun
South Florida Bulls The American
Stetson Hatters Atlantic Sun
UCF Knights The American