Legal Online Gambling in

Florida

Florida could potentially become one of the top sports betting markets in America. But there’s are challenges to overcome before The Sunshine State is in a position to offer legal sports gambling.

Florida

There are currently no legal online gambling options in FL

Welcome to Legal Online Gambling in FL

The home of eight major league sports teams and 21.5 million residents, Florida is set up for legal sports betting in every way but has yet to roll out a regulated industry.

The state is certainly no stranger to legal gambling - there are eight commercial casinos and seven tribal casinos in the Sunshine State, as well as several horse racing tracks.

This page explains the current situation regarding Florida sports betting, highlights the legal gambling options in Florida, and provides an insight into how legal sports betting in Florida may look if and when a regulated market materializes.

Florida Gambling Laws
  • Online sportsbooks ❌
  • Land-based sportsbooks ❌
  • Online casinos ❌
  • Land-based casinos ✅
  • Online poker ❌
  • Horse race betting ✅
  • Pari-mutuel betting ✅
  • Lottery ✅
  • Bingo ✅

Florida online gambling FAQs

Find the answer to the most common questions concerning legal gambling in Florida.

Is there legal sports betting in Florida?

No. Sports betting in Florida is not legal at this moment.

Where can I bet on sports in Florida?

As Florida sports betting is not legal, you cannot bet on sports anywhere (retail or online) in the state of Florida.

When will sports betting be legal in Florida?

Right now, there is no definitive timeline for the launch of legal betting in Florida. Industry experts believe that Florida will one day launch legal sports betting but when this will be is anybody’s guess.

Are there online gambling sites in Florida?

Florida has no legal online gambling options at present. However, the desire for online gambling is clearly present in The Sunshine State so expect to find online options sooner rather than later.

What forms of gambling are legal in Florida?

Legal gambling in Florida currently comprises table games and slot machines in land-based casinos, greyhound racing, horse racing and jai-alai. And there’s the State Lottery and Bingo too.

What is the minimum gambling age for gambling in FL?

Players need to be at least 21 years of age to gamble at casinos (live and online) and at least 18 to gamble legally on horse racing.

Sports betting in Florida - The legal landscape

Sports betting in Florida is currently not legal. And the probability that legal sports wagering will be up and going any time soon is distinctly low. So what’s the current situation?

Let’s start with The Seminole Tribe. There are seven tribal casinos that offer legal gambling and essentially hold a monopoly on casino card games such as Blackjack, Roulette, and Slots.

According to the tribe, the introduction of sports betting and especially online betting would harm the existence of the Seminole Gaming industry.

Any deal put in front of the tribe would therefore need to include exclusivity in terms of sports betting and, at the same time, shut out the horse racing tracks and jai-alai frontons.

There are a number of obstacles that are preventing FL sports betting from progressing. But the main challenge is the unique political environment that exists.

The Seminole tribe hold the most authority in terms of FL gambling and have already made their stance clear on the subject of exclusivity.

In response to the state failing to crack down on racetracks, parimutuels and jai-alai venues offering card games - which was proven in court to be in violation of a 2010 agreement that gave the tribe exclusive rights to offer card games such as blackjack - the Seminole Tribe has stopped paying the state its estimated annual fee of $350 million fee to operate in FL. This has left a sizeable hole in the state budget and, clearly, needs addressing.

There’s also the State Governor who remains opposed to the entire notion of expanding the gambling options in Florida and reluctant to give the green light.

Finally, there’s a chance that even if a suitable deal is agreed between all parties, state voters could scupper the possibility of Florida sports betting altogether; an amendment to the Florida Constitution will allow voters to approve any gambling expansion, not state legislature.

The Future of Online Sports Gambling in Florida

Metaphorically speaking, The Seminole Tribe arguably hold all the cards. The state needs to fill that $350 million sized hole and increase state revenue. To get the tribe onside, the state will need to offer exclusive access to the tribe and give it something other gambling establishments cannot offer - online sports betting, anyone?

A gambling expansion which sees The Seminole Tribe operate as the ‘hub’ of sports betting and offer online betting appears the most likely resolution. Sportsbooks would be added to the tribe’s casinos and a portion of the revenue generated at parimutuels around the state would go to the tribe also.

Whether the market would see online gambling limited on-site or rolled out statewide remains to be seen. With the landscape as complex as it is, the legal wrangling as to who gets to offer what could rumble on for some time yet.

Pro sports teams in Florida

Florida’s eleven professional sports teams means the state is well represented in the major US leagues. You can only begin to imagine the interest in FL sports betting for sportsbook operators and bettors once legal sports gambling is approved.

For now, betting on your favorite sports teams in Florida is not legal.

NFL

  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Miami Dolphins
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NBA

  • Miami Heat
  • Orlando Magic

MLB

  • Florida Marlins
  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays

NHL

  • Florida Panthers
  • Tampa Bay Lightning

MLS

  • Orlando City SC
  • Inter Miami CF