Yes, Hard Rock Bet has resumed operations in Florida after a nearly two-year hiatus. The Seminole Tribe is currently providing “limited access to existing Florida customers to test its Hard Rock Bet platform.”
The app was initially shut down in December 2021 due to a series of legal challenges, leaving the future of sports betting uncertain. The situation remained in limbo as the DC Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed these rulings, which had annulled the gaming agreement between Florida and the Seminole Tribe. However, on June 30, 2023, the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Seminole Tribe, thereby reinstating the legality of sports betting in the state.
Betting in Florida
In Florida legal sports betting is limited to Hard Rock Bet app and a few racebooks. DraftKings has also introduced its horse racing app, DK Horse, in Florida, notably before the 2023 Kentucky Derby.
However, there are some offshore websites operating in Florida that provide sports betting services. These sites are not licensed by any US authority and are considered illegal. As they are unregulated by the state, these offshore platforms are unreliable in terms of payout, and there have been instances where they have absconded with users’ funds.
The safest and most secure way to engage in sports betting in the United States is through a licensed operator. This ensures regulatory protection and legitimacy.
Additionally, many pari-mutuel facilities in Florida offer betting on Jai alai, a fast-paced game akin to racquetball, where players use cestas (curved baskets) to hurl balls at high speeds in a three-walled court. Daily fantasy sites are active in the Sunshine State, although the practice is unregulated, so it is a gray area.
Betting in Florida
Florida online betting is yet to be legalised for sports and casino games, so the options for betting sites in the Sunshine State are limited. The best ones available offer pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing.
- Hard Rock Bet – Betting only on tribal land.
- DK Horse – DraftKings dedicated horse racing app
- TVG – This operator runs in a number of states across the country, providing excellent value on their odds and markets.
- NYRA Bets – They provide comprehensive coverage of horse racing in the USA, offering a diverse range of races and odds.
- MyRaceBets – They offer a wide range of odds and markets along with rewards and bonuses for their customers.
Where can I bet on sports in Florida?
In Florida, the Seminole Tribe operates six casinos and plans to introduce in-person sports betting at all these locations starting December 2023:
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa
- Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek
- Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood
- Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee
- Seminole Casino Brighton in Okeechobee
Moreover, there’s a likelihood that sportsbooks will eventually be established at some of the state’s pari-mutuel racing venues, such as the Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Tampa Bay Downs Racecourse. For these facilities to offer sports betting, they would need to form partnerships with the Seminole Tribe, in accordance with the 30-year agreement governing sports betting in the state.
Best Apps in Florida
Sports and casino betting apps are not available in the Sunshine State. Although daily fantasy sites are not regulated, there is still a strong presence from operators in the region.
- Hard Rock Bet – This app is expected to be available on iOS and Android devices within tribal land. It’s easy to navigate and provides good value for customers.
- DraftKings – This DFS app offers customers a broad range of fantasy games and solid app functionality. It is also available for iOS and Android users.
Getting Started with Sports Betting in Florida
You can confidently place your bets at any of the Seminole or Hard Rock sportsbooks in Florida.
Professional Teams in Florida
Florida boasts several professional sports teams. The Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars play in the NFL. The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins in the MLB. The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning from the NHL. The Orlando Magic and Miami Heat from the NBA.
Florida Legal Betting FAQs
Can you place a sports bet in Florida?
You can place bets on trial land, though wagering in Florida is limited to these designated areas.
How old you have to be to bet on horse racing?
You must be at least 18-years-old to bet on horse racing in Florida either at the track or in an off-site betting parlor.
What betting apps are available in Florida?
Florida online betting apps are restricted to Hard Rock Bet app, and daily fantasy operators such as FanDuel, DraftKings, and horse racing betting providers.
What is the Legal Betting Age in Florida?
To participate in horse racing betting in Florida, you must be at least 18. However, to visit one of the many casinos in the Sunshine State to play slot, card and table-based cards, you must be 21 or over.
Tax on Betting Winnings in Florida:
In Florida, you don’t pay state income tax on horse racing betting winnings. But, if you win more than $5,000, you’ll need to pay up to 24% in federal tax.