Seminole Casino Explosion On Monday Morning Injures 6

Seminole Casino Classic Incident

The Seminole Tribe in Florida owns and operates some of the most popular casinos in the state. Earlier this morning, news broke of a Seminole casino explosion that injured six individuals. More information on this explosion is now beginning to come out.

A lot has been happening with Florida’s gambling industry lately. This explosion was the last thing the Seminole Tribe needed to happen.

Here’s what you need to know about the incident at the tribe’s casino today.

Details on the Seminole Casino Explosion are Coming Out

Florida is home to a huge number of popular casinos. Some of these are known as “racinos” offering both horse racing and a limited number of casino games. Several true Class III Native American casinos are also operating throughout the state.

The Seminole Tribe owns and operates most of the casinos in Florida. Early this morning, reports surfaced claiming that an explosion took place at the Seminole Classic Casino Hollywood. It has now been confirmed that the Seminole Casino explosion sent six individuals to the hospital with minor injuries.

Tribe spokesman Gary Bitner claims that a fire suppression device ruptured in the casino, causing this explosion. Bitner explained that the device was being done on the device when the incident occurred. You can check out his comments below.

“It had been reconnected with a gas canister,” Bitner said. “It’s actually fire suppression equipment that uses gas to put out a fire.”

Patrons reported a loud explosion when the canister ruptured. Fortunately, no serious, life-threatening injuries have been reported. This casino is already back up and running normally and officials appear confident nothing similar will take place in the future.

When Will Florida’s Sports Betting Industry Launch?

Florida was once considered one of the more anti-gambling states in the country. Things have changed in recent years and the state is now home to many popular gambling venues. State officials have also approved compacts that will allow for the Seminole Tribe to offer sports betting options in the state.

The original goal was for the state’s sports betting options to launch by the first game of the 2021/2022 NFL season. Unfortunately, that did not end up being the case. Several groups have engaged in legal battles to delay the launch of sports betting here.

It is not entirely clear when sports gambling will become available in the state. The Seminole Tribe has already moved to dismiss the latest lawsuit challenging sports betting in Florida. Most agree that state officials will soon work to get this industry up and running.

The start of the NFL season has already resulted in a staggering amount of revenue. Tens of millions of wagers have been placed on the season. This is likely to increase as the season continues and more states launch their first sportsbooks.

Officials in Florida want a piece of the revenue pie coming in from legal football betting. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on the launch of sports betting here as the months go on.

Casino Revenue Continues to Increase

The US casino industry has recovered from the events that unfolded in 2020. Last year, casino revenue around the country hit all-time lows. Casino companies had an extremely difficult time bringing in patrons throughout the year.

Things have turned around in 2021. In fact, the AGA maintains that this will be the best year in history for the US casino industry. States around the country continue to report huge surges in their casino earnings.

Many analysts expect to see states report casino revenue increases in the coming months. Some saw their revenue figures dip over August. That includes Maryland, which saw just $168.5 million in total gross gaming revenue over the month.

September tends to be a successful month for the gaming industry. That seems to be due in part to sports fans flocking to casinos to make wagers on the start of the NFL season. It will be interesting to see how much money casinos bring in over the fall months.

Were you surprised to hear about the Seminole Casino explosion? When do you expect Florida to legalize sports betting? Let us know in the comments section below.

Feds Give Approval to Florida’s Seminole Compact

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Federal officials approved on Friday the compact between Florida and the Seminole Tribe that authorizes the Tribe to operate sports betting while also adding roulette and craps to its seven casinos.

The state, through Gov. Ron DeSantis, worked out the compact last Spring and it was later approved by the Republican-controlled Florida House of Representatives and Senate. But before it could be put to effect, it had to be sounded off by the U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees tribal gaming operations.

Said Gov. DeSantis in a statement:

“The final approval of this historic gaming compact is a big deal for the State of Florida. This mutually-beneficial agreement will grow our economy, expand tourism and recreation and provide billions in new revenue to benefit Floridians.”

Most Expansive Gaming Compact in U.S. History

Perhaps the most expansive gaming compact in the history of the United States, the deal increases the projected revenue of the state from from the Seminole Tribe to over $6B over the next decade, with a guaranteed minimum of $2.5 billion dollars during the first five years. The agreement is also expected to create over 2,000 jobs for Floridians.

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that barred states from authorizing sports betting. Florida’s original compact with the Seminole Tribe gave them exclusive rights to slot machines and blackjack. In exchange, the tribes paid the state billions of dollars. Payments stopped in 2019.

Sports Betting Could Stat on October 15th

The Seminole compact modernizes the state’s gaming industry by authorizing legal sports betting in Florida through the tribe. It also provides protection for pari-mutuel operations and the opportunity to participate in sports betting offered by the tribe. These pari-mutuels would get to keep 60% of sports betting revenues while the other 40% will go to the tribe. The Seminoles would then pay the state up to 14% of the net winnings.

The Seminoles could start sports betting by October 15th and sports betting at horse tracks, jai alai frontons, and former dog tracks for a share of the income. Online sports betting operated by the tribe will also be permitted.

Las Vegas Sands has Donated Millions to Florida Political Body

Las Vegas Sands

Las Vegas Sands has been working hard to expand over the past few years. This major US gaming company now seems focused on entering Florida’s market. Reports have confirmed that Las Vegas Sands has donated millions to one of Florida’s political committees in another effort to break into the state.

LVS is hoping this helps them secure a move into Florida’s growing casino industry. The company may also benefit from the expected legalization of sports betting here. Now is a great time to look at what exactly is happening with this situation.

Let’s get into it!

Las Vegas Sands Continues to Focus on Expansion

The past couple of years have been difficult for Las Vegas Sands. The company immediately saw its revenue figures plummet after the US land-based casino industry shut down. The closure of all casinos in Las Vegas, in particular, proved devastating for this company.

It took months for the casinos across Nevada to reopen. Most casinos in Las Vegas reopened in June, yet tourism figures in the city remained extremely low. To make things worse, Las Vegas Sands founder Sheldon Adelson passed away last year amid the company’s struggles.

Las Vegas Sands operates a huge number of popular casinos across Asia. Like the US, most casinos across Asia were forced to shut down for months throughout 2020. It appeared, for a time, that the Asian casino industry was recovering faster than the US industry.

This didn’t make it past the officials within LVS. To the surprise of many analysts, officials within this company sold several of their biggest and most profitable US casino-resorts to focus more on operations in Asia. That includes The Venetian Casino-Resort located on the Las Vegas Strip.

This hasn’t exactly gone as planned. The tourism situation in Macau has been slower to recover than many anticipated. This is due largely to Mainland China’s constantly changing travel restrictions to and from the territory of Macau.

It now seems that Las Vegas Sands is beginning to focus more on US expansion once again. Will this company soon break into the emerging Florida casino market?

Reports Confirm Las Vegas Sands has Donated Millions in Florida Recently

Florida was once seen as one of the more anti-gambling states in the country. Things have changed lately, however, and there are now some truly world-class gambling venues operating here. These venues are all tribal-run, and no commercial casinos have been given permission to operate within the state.

Las Vegas Sands wants to see this change. The company has been taking a close look at breaking into Florida’s gaming industry for years. It’s not a surprise, as LVS has also been working to break into other Southern states like Texas.

New reports from the Las Vegas Review-Journal have surfaced this week claiming Las Vegas Sands has donated an astounding $17 million to a major Florida political committee called Florida Voters in Charge. This comes in an attempt for the company to secure a spot on the voting ballots. Essentially, LVS wants to gain public permission to open a casino-resort here.

Not long ago, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis approved a new measure that further restricts gambling in the state to the Seminole Tribe. LVS is working to change this law already. Donating to this political committee seems to be their primary strategy to accomplish that goal.

There is clearly a lot happening with Florida’s gaming industry. Several major commercial gaming companies have expressed interest in operating here recently. Unless something changes with the Seminole Tribe, however, that seems unlikely to happen.

Many are also looking forward to Florida’s legalization of sports betting. It appears that many companies are now focused on launching sports gambling operations here.

More Companies Push Florida to Legalize Sports Betting

The US sports gambling industry has been expanding rapidly since 2018. Today, more than 30 states across the country have approved measures to get this form of gambling regulated. Most of these states are earning a huge amount of revenue, as a result.

New reports have also surfaced this week claiming several of the country’s top sports betting companies have been investing into Florida in an attempt to get sports gambling legal. That includes DraftKings and FanDuel.

These sports gambling operators are supporting a new constitutional amendment that would formally allow Florida to legalize sports betting. They donated this money to the Florida Education Champions political committee, which is pushing for sports gambling to become commercially available in the state. If approved, the amendment could unravel the recent deal struck between DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe.

“Thank you to DraftKings and FanDuel for stepping up to the plate in an incredible way to kick off our amendment process that stands to help all Floridians. Our amendment will direct hundreds of millions of additional dollars toward Florida’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund and open up the market for online sports betting to competition,” said David Johnson, chairman of this political committee. 

Florida is home to some of the most passionate sporting fans in the country. It seems likely that a huge amount of tax revenue will come from the commercial legalization of sports gambling here. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Are you surprised to hear that Las Vegas Sands has donated so much into Florida? Will this company ever open a casino in this state? Let us know in the comments section below.

FanDuel and DraftKings Pour in $20M for Florida Sports Betting Initiative

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Sports betting industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings contributed a massive sum last month to back a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize sports betting in Florida.

According to campaign finance records reported by Florida Education Champions to the Florida Division of Elections on Monday, FanDuel and DraftKings poured in $10M each during the month of June to back its campaign to allow sports betting platforms to operate in the state.

Established in June, the Florida Education Champions is the sports betting political action committee ( PAC ) that is pushing for the legalization of Florida sports betting.

Said David Johnson, committee chair of the Florida Education Champions:

“Thank you to DraftKings and FanDuel for stepping up to the plate in an incredible way to kick off our amendment process that stands to help all Floridians. Our amendment will direct hundreds of millions of additional dollars toward Florida’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund and open up the market for online sports betting to competition.”

Contribution Cap Blocked

The $20M funding came in before the expected effective date of a new law that would cap contributions made to committees sponsoring initiatives up to $3,000 until the constitutional amendment they are backing makes the ballot. That initiative however, was blocked by a federal judge on the day it was supposed to take effect.

After spending approximately $160,000 for research, marketing software, website management, and legal services, Florida Education Champions entered July armed with a $19.84M bank account which will be used as it war chest to push for their initiative with education as its selling point.

Legalization of Sports Betting in Florida

If approved, the amendment will legalize sports betting in Florida stadiums and other venues including pari-mutuels all over the state. It specifically authorizes online sports betting by entities authorized to conduct online sports betting and by Native American tribes with a gaming compact with the state.

The initiative would authorize the Legislature to tax legal sports betting with all revenues going to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, an account funded by the Florida Lottery and which pays for various educational programs such as the Bright Futures Scholarships.

Magic City Casino Owners Challenge Florida Gambling Compact With Seminole Tribe

Florida State Seal With a Casino Background

Florida’s gaming compact with the Seminole tribe has been challenged by a federal lawsuit from the owners of Magic City Casino.

The lawsuit alleges that the sports betting component in the compact is based on legal fiction and that it violates the federal law.

It was filed last Friday at the U.S. District Court or the Northern District of Florida by the Havenick family owned Southwest Parimutuels. It argues that the agreement authorizing sports betting outside Florida’s tribal lands is in violation of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and asks the Court to stop the implementation of sports betting.

Said Isadore Havenick, vice president for public affairs of Southwest Parimutuels:

“While we are fully supportive of Gov. DeSantis and his work to secure a new Seminole Compact, the lawsuit focuses on a very narrow aspect of the Compact — the legality of off-reservation and online sports wagering.’’

The company claims that it stands to lose “millions” in revenues if Florida residents are allowed to make sports bets from their homes using the internet or mobile apps. It adds that this will significantly or even completely hinder their ability to compete with the tribe.

Online Bets on Sports Events

The compact, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Seminole Tribe chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. last May, would allow online bets on sports events using the internet or web applications from anywhere withing Florida beginning October 5th. All transactions however, would have to go through servers located on tribal lands to bypass both federal and state law which prohibit sports betting in Florida.

It also allows sports bets to be placed at six of the tribe’s reservations but also permits the state’s existing race tracks an jai alai frontons to develop their own mobile apps to conduct off-reservation bets if they are picked by the Tribe as its partners. Under this agreement, the parimutuel would get 60% of the bets’ proceeds while the tribe will receive the remaining 40%.

Bets “Deemed” to Bet Placed on Tribal Land

The main issue is the provision in the compact that says that a bet is “deemed” to be placed on tribal land just because of the location of the operator’s server. The lawsuit argues that this violates the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Wire Act, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, and other court decisions interpreting those mentioned laws.

In its 67-page complaint, Southwest Parimutuels argues that “contrary to the fiction that the 2021 Compact and Implementing Law, a bet is placed both where the bettor and the casino are located”. It also claims that such a compact between the state and Tribe can only “occur on Indian lands”. Furthermore, it says that the deal clearly allows bets to be placed outside tribal lands.

Pending Federal Review

The deal is currently awaiting approval from the U.S . Department of Interior which has 45-days to decide after the compact is submitted. A representative from the office of the governor said that it was mailed to the approving authority last June 3rd, although the lawsuit states that it was presented to the DOI on June 21st.

The tribe is also threatened by a constitutional amendment for the 2022 ballot which would authorize online sports betting at all Florida parimutuels, professional sports stadiums, and anywhere else in the state using a mobile sports betting platform. This was proposed by FanDuel and DraftKings.

Don’t Expect to See a New Casino in Doral Anytime Soon

Downtown Doral Florida

For months, officials have been weighing the pros and cons of opening new casino-resorts throughout Florida. Much of the discussion centered on Doral, Florida. New reports indicate that gambling fans won’t see a new casino in Doral anytime soon.

This city has just agreed to prohibit gambling. This comes as a response to the Trump Organization planning to open a casino-resort here. Now is a great time to talk about how gaming regulations in Florida may change in the near future.

Let’s get into it!

Florida’s Sports Betting Plans Continue to Face Issues

Since May of 2018, every state in the country has been able to legalize and regulate sports betting. This is due to the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down PASPA. Today, more than half the country has approved sports gambling legislation.

For many states, this form of gambling is too lucrative to ignore. Most of the states with a sports betting industry up and running are earning a huge amount of revenue each month. Those with regulated online sports betting platforms, in particular, are cashing out.

Lawmakers in Florida have been taking a close look at this industry for years. Some state officials believe it will help to bring the state some much-need money. Others worry it could contribute to gambling addiction and other societal issues.

Much of the issue also had to do with the state’s agreement with the Seminole Tribe. As of now, this tribe holds somewhat of a monopoly over Florida’s gambling industry. Governor Ron DeSantis eventually signed a bill that would allow the Seminole Tribe to offer sports betting beginning this October, as well as increase their casino gaming options.

Not everyone is happy to see this happen. Many lawmakers in the state still push against the idea of expanding the state’s gambling industry. As of now, the measures to allow sports gambling in the state have not been formally approved.

In recent months, officials have been discussing the idea of opening a new casino in the city of Doral. It now appears this will not be taking place anytime soon.

The Plans to Open a New Casino in Doral Have Been Shut Down

It’s clear that Florida is torn on whether or not to expand its gaming industry. The state wants the revenue from this industry, yet seems unwilling to come up with the agreements necessary to allow for expansion. Different parts of the state seem to have different opinions on this topic.

The Trump Organization has been pushing to open a major casino-resort in the city of Doral for months. It’s here that the company’s “Trump National Doral Miami” resort is located. Officials within the company have been pushing the idea that a casino here will help to boost tourism and bring in much-needed revenue. Eric Trump spoke about the benefits to the media earlier this year.

“Many people consider Trump Doral to be unmatched from a gaming perspective — at 700 acres, properties just don’t exist of that size and quality in South Florida, let alone in the heart of Miami,” Trump said.

It now appears that Doral isn’t interested. News broke this week that the city of Doral officially banned gambling and casinos. Many believe this is in direct response to the Trump Organization’s plans to open a casino-resort here.

The push to open a new casino in Doral isn’t completely dead, though. Moving forward, companies looking to open a gaming venue here will need to receive formal approval from residents in a referendum. Officials within Doral claim this measure was set in place to ensure the public had a say in what is built.

There is still a chance that a casino is built here in the future. Don’t expect to see one built here anytime soon, though. Fortunately, the country’s biggest casino hubs are now seeing major surges in tourism and revenue!

Tourism Rates Have Begun to Surge in Las Vegas

This summer is shaping up to be one for the ages in Las Vegas. Nearly all of the restrictions set in place here last year have now been lifted. That includes the requirements for individuals to wear masks inside the city’s casino-resorts.

With these restrictions gone, tourism rates into the city are ramping up. Most of the casinos are seeing massive increases in their bookings. June, July, and August should prove to be some of the most successful months in history for these properties.

The opening of new gambling properties should help the city’s tourism industry, too. A huge amount of hype has been placed on Resorts World Las Vegas lately. At $4.3 billion, this is the most expensive casino-resort ever built in the city of Las Vegas.

Some exciting events are being planned to take place in this city over the next few months. This weekend, for example, the brand-new Virgin Hotel-Casino is hosting one of the biggest parties in the city this year! The multi-day event is taking place now and ends this Sunday evening.

All analysts expect to see tourism figures ramp up throughout the summer. This will result in a major boost in gaming revenue, too. The land-based casino industry is thriving right now and should continue to succeed as the year goes on.

Do you think we’ll see a new casino in Doral open in the future? When do you expect Florida to launch its sports betting industry? Let us know in the comments section below.

Florida Gov. De Santis Signs Seminole Sports Betting Bill

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Gov. Ron De Santis signed a legislation on Tuesday that would allow Florida’s Seminole tribe to offer sports betting while adding roulette and craps to their casino offerings.

The bill, which could be worth a potential $20B in taxes over the next 30 years for the Sunshine State, was approved by the Florida House and Senate last week. It still needs the confirmation of the U.S. Department of Interior, which oversees tribal gaming operations in the United States.

Seminole Sports Betting Could Start on October 15th

Under the agreement, Seminole sports betting could commence by October 15th. Wagering on sports at horse tracks, jai alai frontons, and former dog tracks will also be allowed for a share of the income. The Seminole tribe would also be permitted to operate legal online sports betting.

DeSantis also signed a bill on Tuesday that would establish a gambling commission that would regulate pari-mutuels and investigate illegal gambling in Florida. The Governor also signed another bill that allows jai alai frontons, dog tracks, and a harness racing track in the Miami-Dade and Broward counties to continue operating slots and card rooms even without holding live events. Under the deal, only thoroughbred race tracks are required to hold live racing events.

Critics Say Seminole Sports Betting Bill Violates Constitution

However, critics of the Seminole sports betting bill argue that it violates the state constitution on the ground that sports bets can be made outside tribal lands. However, supporters of the bill contended that since the servers used to operate online sport betting are located within Seminole property, then it is legal.

Meanwhile, Democrats who opposed the bill say that it also violates Amendment 3 of the state constitution passed by voters in 2018. That amendment prevents the expansion of gambling outside tribal property without the approval of voters.

Florida’s Sports Betting Industry is About to Launch

Ron DeSantis

Since May of 2018, the US sports betting industry has been steadily growing. More than half the country has now approved sports gambling legislation. Based on new developments, it seems likely that Florida’s sports betting industry is about to launch.

This is extremely exciting news for sports fans in this state. A regulated sports betting industry will likely bring Florida a massive amount of revenue each month. Today, we’ll talk about what still needs to be done for any sportsbooks to launch here.

Let’s get into it!

US Sports Betting Revenue Continues to Increase Throughout 2021

Prior to 2018, the only state in the country legally able to provide sports betting options was Nevada. A huge number of individuals around the country would flock to this state to make wagers on their favorite teams and players. In May of 2018, things took a complete turn.

It was that year that the US Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA. This move instantly allowed every state in the country to set its own laws on sports gambling. It didn’t take long for different areas of the country to embrace this new form of gambling.

Places like New Jersey and Delaware almost immediately launched their sports betting industries. This proved to be a fantastic decision. They almost immediately began seeing massive revenue surges from this industry.

2021 is proving to be a hugely successful year for the US sports betting industry. Many states have been reporting big revenue increases each month. Revenue reports for April have recently begun to surface and some states are faring better than others.

Pennsylvania fared much better than some of its neighbors by bringing in $36 million in sports betting revenue. New Jersey brought in $54.8 million, representing a slight drop from the month prior. It was not quite as successful a month for the industry as others this year.

More states are now working hard to launch their sports betting industries. It seems that Florida is about to launch its sports gambling platforms!

Here’s What is Happening With Florida’s Sports Betting Industry

More states around the country have been seeing the massive revenue flowing in from the sports betting industry. For some, this money is becoming too much to ignore. A growing number of lawmakers are presenting bills to regulate their state sports gambling industry.

That includes lawmakers in Florida. For years, officials in the state have been negotiating the Seminole Tribe over ways to successfully launch sports betting options here. It now appears that a major breakthrough has just been achieved.

News has broken that Florida has formally approved online sports betting to launch in the state. This took place after the state’s legislative session. An agreement was finally made with the Seminole Tribe here to get this industry off the ground.

Governor DeSantis was instrumental in getting things approved here. It took a huge amount of lobbying from him and other leaders in the state. Ultimately, these leaders believe that this industry will benefit Florida in the long run.

This doesn’t mean that sports betting will immediately become available here, though. Several steps are still needed for the state to launch its sportsbooks. Sports fans here will need to wait a little longer to make wagers on their favorite games.

Some are now trying to figure out exactly when sportsbooks here will launch. Here’s what you need to know.

When Will Sportsbooks Finally Go Live in Florida?

Obviously, a huge number of residents in Florida are excited to hear that sports betting has finally been approved here. It will take some time for any sportsbooks to launch here, though. There are some key steps needed to get the industry on its feet.

Federal regulators will need to approve this deal. The group will need to agree to expand the Seminole Tribe’s monopoly over the gambling industry. These regulators will have 45 days to approve the measure.

Most feel the US Department of Interior will agree to this new measure. Florida will now join dozens of other states with a regulated sports betting industry set in place. Not everyone is excited to see this happening, though. Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura expressed his disappointment to the media this week.

“I don’t know if I’m more brokenhearted for my friends on the other side of the aisle that had to fall into line because you had to, and I’m sorry for you,’’ he said. “Or if I’m more brokenhearted for members on my side of the aisle who came up with every reason in the world to not stand together and make a point.”

If all goes according to plan, the state’s online sportsbooks will become available on October 15. Players will need to be 21 and up to join these internet sportsbooks. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on this situation over the next few months!

Are you excited to hear that Florida’s sports betting industry has been approved? Let us know in the comments section below!

Ron DeSantis Approves New Gambling Rules in Florida

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Florida is known for having a fairly strict set of gambling regulations. For years, certain officials here have been pushing to change these regulations. It seems that some progress is being made. Reports have confirmed that Governor Ron DeSantis has approved new gambling rules in Florida.

Many are excited to see these new measures passed. Of course, it will take time for anything to really change here. Now is a great time to look at what new gambling options could soon become available in the state.

Let’s get into it!

More States Report Increases in Gambling Revenue

The United States is beginning to see some major improvements in regards to the Covid-19 crisis. Over the past few months, infection rates have begun to drop around the country. Hospitalizations are down and vaccine distribution continues to ramp up.

As this situation improves, states are seeing their economies ramping back up. Travel has begun to increase around the country. Many businesses that rely on tourism are seeing their revenue figures increase.

That is certainly the case with casinos around the country. For months last year, the country’s entire land-based gambling industry was shut down. Things began to reopen over the summer, yet gaming revenue has remained extremely low for almost a year.

Casinos have begun to report major increases in their revenue numbers. Over in Las Vegas, tourism numbers are surging and casino-resorts are seeing huge jumps in their visitation rates. This is expected to increase further after the casinos here will be able to operate at 100% capacity in June.

Many states have recently begun to expand their gambling options. The massive amount of revenue being earned from this industry is becoming too attractive to pass on. It’s an exciting time for gambling fans around the country.

There has been a serious push to update Florida’s gambling regulation in recent years. Here’s what you need to know about this situation.

Gov. DeSantis Approves New Gambling Rules in Florida

Florida is one of the most populated states in the country. Many lawmakers and residents here have been pushing to expand the state’s gambling regulations for years. It hasn’t been easy due to the major pushback by the more conservative officials here.

Things have begun to change recently. A growing number of leaders in the state have been in negotiations with the Seminole Tribe on ways to expand gambling options in the state. At the moment, this tribe controls much of Florida’s gambling operations.

A major breakthrough was achieved this week. News has confirmed that Ron DeSantis has approved new gambling rules in Florida. If all goes according to plan, this could help to bring legalized sports betting to the state. First, it will need to be approved by the state legislature.

The new measures would allow both online and land-based sports betting in Florida. A 21 year age requirement would be set for sports betting here. The plan from DeSantis would also expand the number of casino options that the Seminole Tribe could offer.

Not everyone is on board with this idea. John Sowinski, a prominent anti-gambling voice in the state, spoke to the media and claims the decision to make new gambling rules in Florida should come down to a public vote.

“We call on the governor and our legislators to honor the will of the people, who demanded that any new casino gambling authorization occur at the ballot box, not behind closed doors in Tallahassee,” he said. “We are committed to defending the integrity of Florida’s Constitution, and ensuring that the will of the people is respected.”

Several steps are still needed to make changes here. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Sports Betting Continues to Grow More Popular

Compared to most other countries, the United States’ sports betting industry is still in its infancy. It wasn’t until 2018 that any state other than Nevada was allowed to legally offer sports gambling options. With PASPA now gone, more than half the country has already approved sports gambling legislation.

This form of gambling is growing more popular every single year. As a result, states are seeing massive revenue figures coming in. Some, of course, are seeing more money from this industry coming in than others.

February ended up being a fairly unsuccessful month for the country’s sports betting industry. A large number of winning Super Bowl wagers led to handle decreases for many states. Things bounced back in a big way in March.

Several states posted large increases in sports betting revenue last month. Most analysts expect to see the same in April. It’s an exciting time for the industry and proves that the US is now home to the biggest sports betting market in the world.

It may not be long before states like California and Texas legalize sports gambling. Lawmakers in both of these states have been working with other state leaders on the issue. Even Florida seems close to getting its sports betting industry operational.

Are you excited to hear about the new gambling rules in Florida being approved? Do you think sports betting will become available here in 2021? Let us know in the comments section below!

Will We See a Casino at the Miami Doral Resort?

Trump Miami Doral Resort

Florida is known for having one of the most successful gambling industries in the Southern US. Recently, there has been a major push to allow more casinos in this state. Eric Trump is now working hard to get a casino at the Miami Doral Resort.

Lawmakers in Florida believe more casinos could help to bring in some much-needed revenue right now. Today, we’ll talk about why the Miami Doral Resort is being considered. We’ll also look at some of the other ways the state’s gambling industry could expand.

Let’s get into it!

Florida Casinos Benefit From the State’s Relaxed Restrictions

Florida is home to a huge land-based gambling industry. Many of the gambling venues here are known as “racinos,” offering both horse race betting and a limited set of casino games. There are also some Class III casinos operated by Native American tribes in the state.

Back in March of 2020, this industry took a massive blow. State leaders ordered all casinos in Florida to close their doors. These venues remained closed for months while health officials tried to understand what the country was facing.

This industry is now in recovery mode. Most of the casinos in this state are now open to the public again. Gaming revenue from these venues has been slowly increasing over the past couple of months.

Florida now has some of the most relaxed regulations in the country. Most businesses here are able to operate freely at this point. Health experts are raising concerns, yet the casino industry in Florida is certainly benefiting from this industry.

Of course, Florida is in serious need of tax revenue right now. As a result, many state leaders are expressing interest in allowing more casinos to open their doors here. There are several possible locations being discussed to host one of these new gaming venues.

The Trump Organization is now interested in hosting one of Florida’s new casinos. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Eric Trump Wants to See a Casino at the Miami Doral Resort

Many have been excited to hear about Florida’s push to open more casinos. As restrictions are lifted, more people around the country are expressing excitement to visit casinos. It seems likely that the state will see a huge surge of gaming revenue over the next few months.

This week, Eric Trump began publicly pushing to get a casino at the Miami Doral Resort. This Resort was opened in 1962 and is a popular golf-resort in the Miami area. Eric believes it’s the perfect location to host one of Florida’s new casinos.

“Many people consider Trump Doral to be unmatched from a gaming perspective — at 700 acres, properties just don’t exist of that size and quality in South Florida, let alone in the heart of Miami,” he said. 

Interestingly, revenue from this resort has been dropping lately. For several reasons, the Miami Doral Resort isn’t performing as well as other similar venues in the area. A casino, Eric Trump argues, could be the perfect way to reverse this trend.

There are still many steps that will need to be taken in order for this casino to be approved. Ultimately, Governor Jeb Bush will need to give his approval for more casinos to open in Florida. That won’t be easy when considering the relationship between Trump and Bush.

It seems likely that more casinos will be given permission to open in Florida sometime soon. Whether or not we’ll see a casino at the Miami Doral Resort is not yet known. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Sports Betting Plans in Florida are Still Stuck in Place

The US sports betting industry is expanding at a rapid pace. Today, more than half of the country now has a sports gambling industry set in place. Most of these states are earning huge revenue figures from this industry.

Several states in the Southern US now have sports betting platforms up and running. That includes Mississippi and Arkansas. Even states with extremely harsh laws towards gambling such as Georgia are now interested in legalizing this form of gambling.

Unfortunately, Florida has been slow to embrace sports betting. Like California, the state of Florida needs to come to an agreement with a major Native American tribe to get this industry up and running. The Seminole Tribe has been hesitant to give approval lately.

There seems to be some progress, though. In February, a major legislative session was held with sports betting as a primary talking point. Several bills are being presented here to get this industry up and running.

Hope is that sports betting will be approved here before the end of 2021. If both online and land-based sports betting is approved, Florida will likely see huge revenue figures come in. It’s an exciting time for gambling fans in the Sunshine State.

Do you think we’ll see a Miami Doral Resort even open? When do you expect sports betting to become legal in Florida? Let us know in the comments section below.