Florida Online Casinos
Florida online casinos are not permitted, although Floridians can play games in-person at casinos operated by the Seminole Tribe. The only options for Floridians who want to play online are social and sweepstakes casinos. Some of these sites do offer the ability to redeem prizes for real money.
While we wait for Florida to legalize online casinos, FL residents happily have an alternative. The state does allow Sweepstakes and Social online casinos. These sites are legal and offer the same or similar slots as you’d find in land-based and online casinos. What makes them legal is that Sweepstakes sites do not use real money to bet. Sweepstakes casinos use ‘Sweeps Coins’ instead of dollars. Most sites allow players to redeem Sweeps Coins for cash prizes when they win.
If real money gaming is what you are looking for, Florida has 7 Tribal casinos across the state to choose from.
We’ll keep you updated on the status of online casinos in Florida, including any legislation that could expand the industry and provide more in-state gambling options.
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Are Florida online casinos legal?
No. Real money online gambling, including online casinos, is illegal in Florida.
In 2021, efforts to expand gambling in the state were highlighted by a new compact between Florida and the Seminole Tribe. Besides potentially authorizing retail and online sports betting in Florida, the new compact also would authorize additional casino games such as craps and roulette in Seminole retail casinos. However, it did not authorize online casinos.
That said, the new compact is currently in legal limbo despite being approved by lawmakers and the federal government. If, for some reason, the tribe and the governor are forced to renegotiate, online gaming could be part of the deal.
Updated Feb. 22, 2024
Florida is still far from legalizing online casinos any time soon. For now, the legal online gambling debate centers around online sports betting and whether the Seminole Tribe’s monopoly on the state’s industry is constitutional.
There have been some bills in this current legislative session about casino expansion — specifically, allowing more casinos to be built in the Miami-Dade County area. However, those efforts have stalled, and it appears things on the retail casino front in Florida will remain the same as they are for now.
Will online casinos in Florida be legalized?
The immediate answer to this question is no. At least not anytime soon. Online casinos have been discussed in the past and with other forms of gambling expansion taking place, lawmakers will almost certainly debate the issue again.
The newly negotiated tribal-state compact that added sports betting and other casino games did at one point include mention of online gambling. A provision in the original draft had included a section potentially opening the door to Seminole-operated online casinos in the future. That section began:
“The State and the Tribe agree to engage in good faith negotiations within thirty-six (36) months after the Effective Date of this Compact to consider an amendment to authorize the Tribe to offer all types of Covered Games online or via mobile devices to players physically located in the state, where such wagers made using a mobile device or online shall be deemed to take place exclusively where received at the location of the servers or other devices used to conduct such wagering activity at a Facility on Indian Lands.”
In other words, the provision would allow the possibility of later adding online casinos to the online sportsbooks already authorized by the new compact. However, some lawmakers objected. One was House Speaker Chris Sprowles who, along with other House members, believed “some language in the compact could be construed to lead to the backdoor expansion of online gaming.”
According to Sprowles, “Even the mere possibility of this was unacceptable.” Therefore, lawmakers removed the mention of online casinos before voting in favor of the compact.
In other words, while the Florida legislature was on board with online sports betting, it’s going to take a few years after its arrival before the political appetite to legalize online casinos is there.
In August 2021, the Bureau of Indian Affairs chose not to approve or deny the new compact, which meant it was approved by default. However, in November 2021 a federal judge ruled the new compact violated the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, in part because of its use of a “hub-and-spoke” model allowing the tribe to offer online sports betting all over the state as long as the servers were located on Seminole lands. Such would have potentially been a similar model followed for Seminole-run online casinos.
The ruling vacated the new compact, reverting Florida and the Seminole Tribe to the earlier compact. Both the tribe and the US Department of Interior, the larger regulatory body including the BIA, appealed the ruling. In June 2023, a DC District Court of Appeals ruled for the DOI, putting back in the terms of the 2021 compact.
With in-person and online sports betting, craps, and roulette legal again, as the new compact allows, this may create a more conducive environment for the future consideration of online gambling.
Does the Seminole Tribe offer social casinos in Florida?
While real money online casino gaming remains illegal in Florida, the Seminole Tribe has dipped its toes into the social casino waters with two platforms.
Seminole Social Casino
The Seminole Social Casino is available via desktop and on mobile devices for Android and iOS users. The app features a variety of progressive jackpot and classic slots and popular table games such as blackjack, roulette, and baccarat.
Players can earn free coins each day and link their Seminole Wild Card account to begin accumulating casino rewards.
Hard Rock Blackjack & Casino
The Seminole Tribe also operates Hard Rock Blackjack & Casino, another social casino with similar game selection, features, and the same perks as the Seminole Social Casino app.
What Florida online sweepstakes and social casinos are available?
Players won’t find real money online gambling in Florida. Still, online social and sweepstakes casinos such as Pulsz, Chumba Casino, LuckyLand Slots, and Funzpoints provide a way to enjoy casino games online. These sites use virtual currencies rather than real money and sometimes offer chances to redeem prizes for cash.
Pulsz is a fast-growing social casino that features nearly 400 slot titles. The site also has a pair of table games in casino Texas hold’em and multihand blackjack.
With over 140 casino games available, as well as blackjack and video poker, Chumba Casino has become one of the most popular sweepstakes-based online casinos. The site offers plenty of incentives to players, including offering chances to redeem prizes for real money.
As simple as it sounds, the name says it all. LuckyLand Slots serves as a slots-centric social online casino with roughly 80 slot games, some of which are exclusive to its site. It also includes instant-win games, including a pachinko game, a lottery game, and a game similar to roulette.
Like Chumba, LuckyLand also offers opportunities to redeem winnings for cash prizes.
Players at Funzpoints will find around 70 different slot games, including two keno games. The site also features daily jackpot drawings that afford another way to win. Like Chumba Casino and LuckyLand Slots, Funzpoints also offers ways to play that enable players to redeem winnings for cash prizes.
Retail casinos in Florida
There are seven retail casinos in Florida, all tribe-owned. One belongs to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, a Class II gaming facility that offers slots-like electronic bingo but no house-banked games.
The Seminole Tribe has a compact with the state to offer limited Class III gaming. Therefore the Tribe’s six casinos can offer a wider range of Vegas-style casino games. The compact allows Seminole Tribe casinos to spread house-backed card games like Blackjack. A court decision in June 2023 allowed the Seminoles to add craps and roulette both of which are now available.
Here’s a quick rundown of each of the seven Florida casinos:
Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Center
- City: Miami
- Phone: 305-222-4600
- Number of Slots: 2,000-plus electronic bingo machines
- Live Poker? No
- Features:: As a Class II gaming facility, Miccosukee Resort & Gaming features popular electronic bingo games that closely resemble regular slots. There are also high-limit gaming rooms and regular bingo games including high stakes. The property has a 300-room hotel, a salon, a spa, a pool, six restaurants and two bars.
Seminole Casino Brighton
- City: Okeechobee (southcentral FL, a little over an hour west of West Palm Beach)
- Phone: 863-467-9998
- Number of Slots: 400
- Live Poker? No
- Features: With 27,000 feet of gaming space, Seminole Casino Brighton is a modest-sized facility offering slots, blackjack, craps, roulette, high-stakes bingo, and other table games. There is no hotel on the property, but the site does host outdoor concerts and live entertainment on an inside stage.
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
- City: Coconut Creek (southeastern FL, about 40 minutes north of Miami)
- Phone: 954-977-6700
- Number of Slots: nearly 2,200
- Live Poker? Yes
- Features: Besides slots, the 100,000 square-foot gaming space includes 70 table games featuring blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, and other favorites. There is also a popular 23-table poker room and an outdoor concert venue plus entertainment inside at the Legends Lounge. There are no accommodations on-site, although the tribe is currently planning the construction of a 1,000-room, 20-floor hotel.
Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee
- City: Immokalee (south FL, between Miami and Naples)
- Phone: 239-658-1313
- Number of Slots: 1,400
- Live Poker? No
- Features: The casino has about 75,000 square feet of gaming space featuring slot machines and 38 table games including blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, and Pai Gow Poker. The hotel has about 100 rooms and suites and there are a couple of small restaurants and bars. Other amenities include a 750-seat, 10,000-square-foot Event Pavilion and the Zig Zag Lounge.
Seminole Classic Casino Hollywood
- City: Hollywood (located between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami)
- Phone: 954-961-3220
- Number of Slots: over 1,000
- Live Poker? No
- Features: The casino has nearly 75,000 square feet of gaming space. In addition to slots, there is blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and more. There is no hotel, but there are four restaurants and two bars. It is located right next to the larger Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
- City: Hollywood
- Phone: 866-502-7529
- Number of Slots: over 3,000
- Live Poker? Yes
- Features: Home of the spectacular guitar-shaped hotel, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has 140,000 square feet of gaming space for its many slots, nearly 200 table games, high-limit slots, high-limit table games rooms, and a popular 45-table poker room that hosts many major tournaments and tournament series. The hotel has nearly 640 rooms and suites, there are nearly 20 restaurants and numerous bars, and the famous Hard Rock Live venue hosts major concerts.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
- City: Tampa
- Phone: 866-388-4263
- Number of Slots: 5,000
- Live Poker? Yes
- Features: The casino features 190,000 square feet of gaming space for its huge number of slots and nearly 180 table games. There is also a big 46-table poker room that like the Hollywood location runs many big tournament series. The hotel has around 800 rooms and suites, and the property features five restaurants, three bars, three pools, and tons of shopping. Meanwhile, the Hard Rock Event Center is another hot spot for concerts.
What games are available in Florida casinos?
As noted, Florida casinos feature a wide variety of games, particularly in Seminole-owned properties. Note that both craps and roulette are now allowed and available along with sports betting.
Casino games available in Florida:
- Slots (including Progressive Slots)
- Casino War
- Criss Cross Poker
- Electronic Bingo
- Electronic Roulette
- I Luv Suits Poker
- Let It Ride
- Mini Baccarat
- Mississippi Stud
- Pai Gow Poker
- Pai Gow Tiles
- Spanish 21
- Three Card Poker
- Ultimate Texas Hold’em
Are there pari-mutuel options in Florida?
Florida’s two most-populated counties, Broward and Miami-Dade, offer more casino game options for gamblers.
In 2004, Florida voters approved an amendment authorizing residents of those two counties to decide whether or not to allow slots in pari-mutuel facilities. In Broward, voters were on board immediately, and the first slots were introduced at facilities there in 2006. Miami-Dade voters initially rejected the idea before later approving slots in 2008.
Eight pari-mutuel locations in those two counties offer slot machines. All are essentially considered “racinos,” although in some cases, the adjacent tracks no longer offer racing. This is particularly true at greyhound tracks because dog racing was banned at the end of 2020. Those locations are:
- The Big Easy Casino (Hallandale Beach)
- Calder Casino (Miami Gardens)
- Casino Miami (Miami)
- The Casino @ Dania Beach (Dania Beach)
- Gulfstream Park Casino (Hallandale Beach)
- Hialeah Park Racing & Casino (Hialeah)
- Harrah’s Pompano Beach (Pompano Beach)
- Magic City Casino (Miami)
Most of those locations additionally feature card rooms to go along with the slots, with some of the most popular poker rooms in Florida among them.
Outside of Broward and Miami-Dade, several other gambling establishments feature poker rooms, many of which are also connected to racetracks. Such establishments are technically still thought of as racinos by many, even if they no longer host races. Several do, however, offer off-track betting on simulcast races. These locations include:
- Bestbet Jacksonville (Jacksonville)
- Bestbet Orange Park (Orange Park)
- Bonita Springs Poker Room (Bonita Springs)
- Casino Fort Pierce (Fort Pierce)
- Creek Entertainment Gretna (Gretna)
- Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club (Daytona Beach)
- Derby Lane (St. Petersburg)
- Ebro Poker Room (Ebro)
- Club 52 Melbourne (Melbourne)
- Ocala Gainesville Poker & Jai-Alai (Reddick)
- One-Eyed Jack’s Poker Room (Sarasota)
- Orange City Racing & Card Club (Orange City)
- Oxford Downs Poker Room (Summerfield)
- Palm Beach Kennel Club (West Palm Beach)
- Pensacola Poker Room (Pensacola)
- Tampa Bay Downs (Tampa)
- TGT Poker & Racebook (Tampa)