Florida Online Gambling

Latest news on sports betting, online casinos and gambling in Florida

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Legal Gambling Options in Florida

Online Casinos

There aren’t currently any Florida online casino options at this time. Furthermore, there is very little talk to legalize any sort of online gambling at present outside of sports betting.

To play online legally, Floridians have a list of sweepstakes casino options available. All of them are free to play. The best of the bunch are PulszChumba Casino and Luckyland Slots.

There are also seven land-based casinos located in Florida. All of them are tribal locations and owned by the Seminole Tribe or the Miccosukee Tribe. The largest property in the state is the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

Online Poker

Online poker is not permitted under Florida state law at this time, and the political will to legalize it isn’t very strong. In fact, language that would’ve allowed online poker (and other online gambling) in the new gaming compact was stripped to ensure it passed through the state legislature.

Your best option for playing cards against others with your mobile device or computer is Global Poker, a social and sweepstakes online card room that allows you to play for actual prizes.

Meanwhile, there are more than two dozen poker rooms around the state at various casinos and pari-mutuels, and several major tournament events take place in the state each year. If you want to play cards in Florida, you have many options at your disposal, as long as you don’t mind getting in the car.

Online Sports Betting

The future of sports betting in Florida appeared rosy in late-2021. Lawmakers had enacted a series of laws to change the state’s compact with the Seminole Tribe, paving the way for online and retail sports betting in Florida. However, the outlook since then has become decidedly more cloudy.

The Tribe actually launched its first online sports betting app, Hard Rock Bet, for a brief period near the end of 2021. However, a District Court ruling forced them to take the app offline after about three weeks. It seems likely Florida sports betting will relaunch at some point. But the timeline and market structure are up in the air.

The Seminole Tribe and the US Department of Interior appealed the ruling, and in June 2023, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled for the compact, vacating the court’s decision that the compact violated the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Sports betting could relaunch by the start of the 2023 NFL season as the 2021 gaming compact is the law of the land again.

Florida Lottery

The Florida Lottery does not currently offer any possibilities for online play. You can only purchase lottery tickets at one of the more than 13,000 Florida Lottery retail locations.

If you do decide to play the Florida Lottery, you’ll discover plenty of different games to play. Multi-state draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions are available, along with more homegrown options like Florida Lotto and the Grouper. The Florida Lottery also offers a variety of different instant-win scratchers to play, so even though you must participate in person, you are never short on opportunities to play the lottery in Florida.

Horse Betting

There are various live horse racing options around the state. Of the five racetracks in Florida, the best known is Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. The venerable track is the most popular of the five and hosts the Florida Derby and the Pegasus World Cup each year.

In addition to the five tracks, there are more than a dozen off-track betting locations scattered throughout the state. Many of these venues double as racinos, too, and offer the opportunity to play games beyond horse betting, like poker or betting on jai alai. Florida law allows its residents to place bets on horse races online as well on sites like TVG.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) remains in a state of uneasy approval in Florida. While there is no law specifically on the books about DFS, there have been statements from officials that at least some of the games might not be in compliance with state law.

As it stands, Floridians can currently take part in DFS contests on several of the top sites, including DraftKings and FanDuel. For the moment, it appears likely that will remain the case for the foreseeable future.

Florida Online Gambling FAQ

No, real money online gambling such as at online casinos and online poker rooms is illegal in Florida. There are online forms of gambling such as daily fantasy sports and horse race betting via advance deposit wagering sites legally available to Floridians. Social and sweepstakes casinos that use virtual currencies are allowed as well. But otherwise online gambling is prohibited by law.

The Florida Gaming Control Commission (FGCC) is the chief regulatory body over gambling in Florida. The FGCC operates within the Office of the Attorney General’s Department of Legal Affairs. Established in 2021, the FGCC oversees nearly all forms of legal gambling in the state including slot machine facilities, card rooms, pari-mutuel wagering and tribal-state gaming compacts. Meanwhile the Florida Lottery Division of Security provides oversight for the Florida Lottery. 

For the most part, 18 years old is the minimum age to play poker, to buy lottery tickets and to bet at pari-mutuel facilities in Florida. However, casino games like slots and table games require patrons to be at least 21.

Resources

Problem gambling and gambling addiction are real problems that afflict Floridians. With so many casinos and pari-mutuel wagering facilities in the state, there are many opportunities to lose control. Thankfully, there are several resources that can help you navigate the road to recovery.

Another option for problem gamblers in Florida is self-exclusion. You can request that the proprietor of a gambling facility (or several) ban you from the property. After that point, you become civilly and (potentially) criminally liable if you come back onsite. In Florida, state law requires each facility to have a self-exclusion list, but each venue sets its own rules and keeps its own records. However, please be aware that only the gambler can place him or herself on a self-exclusion list; friends and family are not permitted to put someone on a list as a proxy.

Learn more about responsible gambling in Florida.

There are two federally recognized tribes in Florida: the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and the Seminole Tribe. Because the Miccosukee do not have a compact with the state, they are only permitted to offer Class II gaming at their casino (i.e., slots-like electronic bingo and other non-house-banked games). Therefore, the Seminoles are the only group in the state permitted to offer full-service gambling to Floridians.

This makes the Seminole Tribe by far the largest and most prominent gaming tribe in the state, operating six casinos that pump nearly $350 million into Florida’s government each year. The tribe additionally owns Hard Rock Cafe International by which it furthers its profile and gaming interests around the globe.