By AJ Johnson
Sports betting in Florida is BACK!
It’s a great day for Florida sports betting enthusiasts across the state. Today the Seminole Tribe of Florida announced on Wednesday a plan move forward with expanded casino games based on the Gaming Compact signed and approved by the Tribe and the State of Florida in 2021.
Craps, roulette and sports betting are set to launch to the public on Thursday, December 7 at all three Seminole Casinos in South Florida. According to south Florida Sports Radio Icon Andy Slater Sports betting in Florida will begin within 2-3 weeks on the on the Hard Rock Bet app.
SLATER SCOOP: Sports betting in Florida will begin on the @HardRockBet app within the next 2-3 weeks, sources tell me.— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) November 1, 2023
The Seminole Tribe of Florida announced they’ll be opening in-person sportsbooks and craps/roulette tables on Dec. 7.
The mobile app will launch before then.
“This is a historic milestone that immediately puts Florida in the same league with the world’s great gaming destinations,” said Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International.
This announcement comes a week after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an attempt to block the Compact.
“The Seminole Tribe thanks the State of Florida, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Justice for defending our Compact,” said Marcellus Osceola Jr., Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. “By working together, the Tribe, the State and the federal government achieved a historic legal victory.”
The compact has drawn legal challenges from Florida pari-mutuel companies.
Now, the Seminole Tribe and Seminole Hard Rock will celebrate “A New Era in Florida Gaming” launching craps, roulette and sports betting this December at all six Seminole Casinos.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reacted to the launch announcement, saying he is excited to see it come to fruition.
“The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s new initiative will create jobs, increase tourism, and provide billions in added revenue for our state,” DeSantis said in a statement. “I was proud to work with the Tribe on our historic Gaming Compact and I look forward to its full implementation.”