Florida Sports Betting
Sports betting is not legal in Florida, and likely not coming soon. There are obstacles like the influence of The Seminole Tribe of South Florida, which operates in-state brick-and-mortar casinos and wants a priority stake in the available upside. Additionally, Governor DeSantis (R) has hesitated to expand into sports gambling in the state, but legislators are pressing on.

Here's what you need to know about Florida Sports Betting.
Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida

Sports Betting is not available in Florida.

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Here's how FL sports betting lines up against other states:

Florida's Sports Betting Bill: TBD
We're waiting for further legislative progress to grade Florida's sports betting market.

Mobile Betting Options: TBD

Along with the rest of sports betting, mobile betting is not yet live in Florida.

Deposit: TBD

We'll have to see how deposits are set as the FL sports betting market takes shape.

Fair Pricing: TBD

Fair pricing evaluation is still pending overall legalization progress in Florida.

Sport Offerings: TBD

We don’t know exactly what sports will be offered as betting options in Florida yet, so we're waiting to grade.

Is it even legal to gamble in Florida?

Broadly, no, but there are enough exceptions that enable gambling to thrive in the state of Florida, including:

The Lottery. The State Lottery is a popular, legalized gambling format for in-state and national options like the 'Mega Millions.' You cannot, however, buy tickets online - only in person.

Seminole Tribe Casinos. Within the Seminole Tribe casinos, it is legal to gamble. We've listed details on some of these below.

Poker. Poker is legal in Seminole casinos and a few race tracks. Small stakes games are legal in social settings.

Cruise Ships. As a state broadly wrapped in the coastline, this is a creative way Floridians are getting around gambling regulations. By heading into international waters, gamblers are able to wager and have it technically be ok, as state laws are circumvented.

Greyhounds & Horse Racing. There are a few licensed facilities where this is legal in the state of Florida.

THE GOOD
Florida Sports Betting Positives

More information on Florida's sports betting legislation positives coming.

THE BAD
Florida Sports Betting Negatives

More information on Florida's sports betting legislation negatives coming.

Can you bet on sports in Florida?

Sports betting is not legalized in Florida yet.

Does Florida allow online gambling?

Florida doesn't regulate online gambling. However, because the state's laws don't explicitly prohibit online gambling, it is technically legal to gamble with offshore-based sports betting sites.

How old do you have to be to gamble in Florida?

You need to be 18 years old.

Florida Sports Betting Tips

Sports Betting for FL Beginners


If you’re new to sports betting in Florida, you likely have questions: Where should you be betting on the Miami win totals? How do you find the best odds for a Panthers game?

 Our betting education hub can help you make savvier decisions come game time.

Sports Betting Glossary


Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology. It can all be a bit overwhelming and intimidating for newer betting enthusiasts, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions of all the main terms.


Sports Betting Mistakes for Floridians to Avoid


Whether you’re betting on Miami Heat game totals or Jacksonville Jaguars futures, sports betting isn't easy. 

If you stay true to our nine mistakes to avoid, your sports betting experience will be a much more enjoyable one.

Florida Sports Betting Timeline

2018

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The Seminole took control of any changes to gambling in the state by supporting the passage of Amendment 3 in November's election. It prohibits the legislature from authorizing new casino gambling without other approval.

2019

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Gov. Ron DeSantis refused to sign off on a deal that would have allowed Tribal casinos to offer sports betting, with a cut of the revenues paid to the Seminoles.

2020

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Senator Jeff Brandes filed a bill to authorize the Florida Lottery to regulate sports betting without the tribe, but it didn't get far.
Florida Sports Betting Locations
Here are a few of Florida's casinos:
Seminole Classic Casino Hollywood
More information on Seminole Classic Casino Hollywood coming.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Details about Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa pending.
Seminole Brighton Casino
We'll have more information on Seminole Brighton Casino soon.

There are plenty of teams to bet on in Florida, both college and professional. Here are some of the key teams in the state.

Betting on College Football in Florida

Florida Gators

The Florida Gators football program represents the University of Florida in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference.

Gators Website | Schedule | Roster 

Miami Hurricanes

The Miami Hurricanes football team represents the University of Miami in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Hurricanes Website | Schedule | Roster

UCF Knights Football

The UCF Knights football team represents the University of Central Florida in the East Division of the American Athletic Conference.

Knights Website | Schedule | Roster

NCAA DI Basketball & Football

Bethune–Cookman Wildcats
Florida Atlantic Owls
FIU Panthers
Florida State Seminoles
Florida Gators
Miami Hurricanes
Florida A&M Rattlers
South Florida Bulls

NCAA DI Basketball

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
North Florida Ospreys
Jacksonville Dolphins

Pro Sports Teams

Florida Panthers
Jacksonville Jaguars
Miami Marlins
Miami Dolphins
Miami Fusion
Miami Heat
Orlando City SC
Orlando Magic
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Mutiny

MLB Betting in Florida

Florida Marlins: Marlins Website | Schedule | Roster | Marlins Park 

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Devil Rays Website | Schedule | Roster | Tropicana Field 

NBA Betting in Florida

Miami Heat: Heat Website | Schedule | Roster | AA Arena 

Orlando Magic: Magic Website | Schedule | Roster

NFL Betting in Florida

Florida has three professional football teams:

Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaguars Website | Schedule | Roster 

Miami Dolphins: Dolphins Website | Schedule | Roster 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Buccaneers Website | Schedule | Roster 


NHL Betting in Florida

Florida Panthers: Panthers Website | Schedule | Roster  

Tampa Bay Lightning: Lightning Website | Schedule | Roster 

Other Events

In addition to traditional sporting events around Florida's College and Pro teams, there are other fun happenings in the state for sports fans:

The Orange Bowl - College Football

The Orange Bowl is an annual American college football bowl game played in Miami. 2021's Capital One Orange Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium.

DAYTONA 500 - Nascar

The 'DAYTONA 500' is a NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He's a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.