Sports Betting in Florida Hits Notable Milestone, Delays

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Sports betting became legal in Florida on Friday, but placing bets may not be possible until 2022 because of several legal challenges.

Casinos in the state have not announced dates they will start taking wagers.

There are several legal challenges, and those could tie up gambling until 2022. A judicial hearing will be held in two weeks on one of the lawsuits challenging the gaming compact between the state and the Seminole Tribe, which is advertising that online and in-person gambling is coming soon.

Three lawsuits, though, are trying to stop that, including two filed by the group that owns Bonita Springs Poker Room. If the judge throws out the lawsuit, expect the tribe to launch mobile and in-person sports gambling in the next 60 days, WINK News reports. 

Read the Gulfshore Business story in October’s issue on the colorful history and unpredictable future of gambling in Florida by clicking here.

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