There have been big changes across the US over the past two years as different bills and legislation are being introduced at record pace to have different establishments launch online, it had already been seen with online gambling as a whole with online casino information in Florida becoming more available, but something that has been slower to change has been with the introduction of online sports betting which has been extremely successful in some states, but slower moving in others. A small step forward has been taken, however, as punters may be able to enjoy online options without concern at some point in the near future.
An initial problem experienced had been similar as with other states as language in bills introduced ran into some criticism with tribal casino owners who had been blocking some steps forward to ensure that the right language was chosen – this eventually moved to a compact signed between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe earlier this year which would see the immediate start for betting on online sporting events with anyone over the age of 21 being able to do so via the internet or any web application in the state, the law was made immediately effective and was supported by the U.S Department of the Interior, but ran into some issues following as a number of lawsuits were launched by those feeling this change would hurt their business in the long run.
In the first small step forward, one of the three law suits has been dismissed giving an early victory for both the state and the Seminole tribe too, but this isn’t the end of the journey as there are still two big lawsuits to tackle – most notably both cases are being brought by existing casino owners who feel the launch of the this compact directly hurts their own business largely in part due to the language being used and how sports betting licenses can be issued, it’s expected that these discussion will take place a little later on in the year with November 15th being offered as a tentative date with a lot of funding to oppose the claims being made by the opposition in both cases, but could still see a big change depending on how these two suits turn out.
For now, sports betting will continue, and players can wager uninterrupted on the sites they’ve become used to, but it is important to keep in mind that these are only small steps forward and big changes could still be made and lead to either a much more regulated space or something that may lead to some players having difficulties with online wagering in the future.