Florida Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

In 2018, the United States Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited online sports gambling, allowing each state to choose whether or not to regulate these practices. Since then, a majority of states have either passed or introduced legislation to legalize sports betting at retail locations, online, or both options.

Is sports betting legal in Florida?

No. Sports betting is currently not legal in Florida. There is currently no legislation introduced that would make sports betting legal in the Sunshine State. Governor DeSantis has said he and his staff have been examining a draft outline of a potential agreement. Expect Florida to propose legislation in the next year or two, but don't get your hopes up.


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Florida Online Gambling FAQ

Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to Florida residents.

Are daily fantasy sports legal in Florida?

Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports, such as FanDuel and DraftKings are legal in Florida.

For those unfamiliar, Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often complete strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.

Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Florida?

No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Florida. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Florida as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.

Are other forms of online gambling legal in Florida?

Florida has a lottery, but it does not offer online games. Online poker is also not legal in Florida, although residents can play at casinos, racinos, and gambling ships.

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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.

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