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Florida Becomes Biggest State By Population To Legalize Digital Sports Betting

by Jill R. Dorson

In what seemed very much like a predetermined outcome, the Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday ratified the new gaming compact between the state and the Seminole Indian Tribe, 97-17.  The approval came after an hour of debate and attempts at multiple amendments, making Florida the biggest state by population to legalize sports wagering since the fall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act on May 14, 2018.

The compact all but creates a monopoly for the Seminole Indian Tribe, which is already the driver of gaming in Florida.  Any and all sports bets- even if made on mobile devices or via parimutuel partners – must “go through servers” placed on tribal lands, and the tribe gets a cut.

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