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.

Lawmakers Make New Push to Legalize Sports Betting in Florida

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Republican Rep. Chip LaMarca and Democratic Rep. Anika Omphroy are teaming up to push separate drafts that would legalize sports betting in Florida.

LaMarca will take charge of two bills that will implement the overall policy (HB1317) and set up the requirements for licensing (HB1321). Meanwhile, Omphroy will sponsor the legislation that will establish the tax structure surrounding the sports bets (HB1319).

This isn’t the first time that legislators are seeking to legalize Florida sports betting. But while previous attempts have not succeeded, lawmakers are looking for ways to augment the state’s revenues which have been ravaged by the ongoing pandemic.

Said LaMarca on Thursday:

“Right now, Floridians are sending millions of dollars out of the state every year, mostly overseas to foreign countries, because Florida has failed to bring legal sports wagering to our state. We have an opportunity to keep that money here in Florida. Allowing online and retail sports betting to operate legally translates into millions in revenue. That’s money from Floridians that should be invested in Florida.”

HB1317

According to the proposal, legal Florida sports betting licenses will be limited to tribal properties, casinos, pari-mutuel facilities, and professional sports venues. The license would allow those entities to set up sports betting via website and app, enabling customers to wager on games online. Betting kiosks where sports bets can be placed via touchscreen game stations are also mentioned in the bills.

Only persons aged 21 or older are allowed to place bets on Florida sports. Betting on the NFL and other professional sports will be permitted, as well as for college athletics. However, the bill specifically prohibits betting action on high school games. If passed, the Florida sports betting bill will provide prop bets on player statistics as well as parlays and other bets that combined multiple bets into one.

Sports and Tourism Destination

The NBA finished its 2020 season using a bubble format at Disney World in Orlando. Then this year’s Super Bowl was also played in Tampa Bay, with the home town Buccaneers upsetting the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs at Super Bowl LV.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been pushing for the Sunshine State to become a top sports and tourism destination in the United States. To do so, visitors would need entertainment choices, and sports betting could be one of those. Having a well-connected sports betting industry will help the state achieve that.

Developers of Isle Casino Property to Add Industrial Space to Their Project

Isle Casino Racing Pompano ParkCordish Companies and Caesars Entertainment, the two companies redeveloping the Isle Casino Racing property in Pompano Beach, announced their intention to add an industrial space to their project.

The request was approved by the commissioners 4-2 during the first reading, with a second reading scheduled for October 27. If approved on the second reading, the change could be enacted sometime next year after a review by county and state authorities.

Request to Change

The two companies submitted a request to change the zoning and approved land use for Isle Casino. In a meeting last Tuesday, Cordish Companies chairman David Cordish told commissioners that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused offices to work remotely. Because of this, the developers want to reduce the office area and introduce an industrial space at the 777 Isle of Capri Circle project.

The proposal cuts the maximum office space area of 2 million square feet to 1.35 million square feet. This will allow a total area of 1.5M square foot to be available for industrial space. The other components of the redevelopment plan will be unchanged.

Cordish also said during the virtual meeting that his company and Caesars Entertainment already have a non-disclosure agreement with a prospective tenant who would occupy more than 1M square feet of industrial area and employ an 1,200 workers at the Isle Casino property. Sources are saying that the possible renters are Amazon or Walmart.

Residents Express Concerns

However, Pompano Beach residents expressed their concerns about the proposed warehouse in their area. The group mentioned the lack of details regarding the proposed change . They claim that more information should be revealed regarding truck traffic and operating hours as these could significantly impact the traffic in the area. Furthermore, Cypress Bend and Palm Aire residents are complaining that they were not consulted on the proposed logistics center.

Last year, the city approved a proposal by the Cordish group and Caesars to triple the number of residential units at the Isle Casino property and double the office space requirements. The Pompano Beach property was part of a $1.7B purchase of the Isle of Capri Casinos in 2017 by the Eldorado Resorts. Eldorado merged with Caesars Entertainment last July.

Upon its completion, the property will be rebranded as Live!Resorts Pompano. It will include a racetrack, casino, 950 hotel rooms, 300,000 square feet of retail area, and 4,100 residential units.

NBA Launches NBABet Steam in Orlando Bubble


The NBA used the bubble tournament in Orlando to showcase NBABet Stream, a new and experimental betting-focused broadcast option which is available via NBA League Pass and NBA TV Networks.

A Betting-Focused Broadcast Option

NBABet Stream features tailored commentary, different camera angles, and enhanced graphics. The stream also has real-time betting odds and stats provided by BetMGM. The league used nine seeding games for the first run of this betting-driven telecast. Said NBA head of Fantasy and Gaming SVP Scott Kaufman-Ross:

“The point of an alternate broadcast is for it to be different from the primary telecast. We didn’t feel we needed a perfect professional play-by-play person. We wanted to provide a group of people that would simulate you and your friends talking about the game from a betting perspective. It’s light. It’s fun. It’s supposed to be much more conversational and provide a different way of viewing the game — specifically, in this case, targeted at those thinking through betting concepts as they are watching NBA content.”

Aside from the alternative camera angles, betting odds, and stats, NBABet Stream also showcases betting analysts from the likes of Bleacher Report, Yahoo Sports, and Action Network to provide commentary and analysis throughout the broadcast. The alternate broadcast also gives fans a more engaging option to watching the games, especially since they are not allowed to watch inside the venue due to health and safety protocols.

New Sports Betting Landscape

Teams in other sports have experimented with alternate broadcasts centered on betting. But as far as the NBA is concerned, NBC Sports affiliates, beginning in Washington D.C., started offering alternate telecasts while focusing on in-game betting. But other than that, this is the first step for the NBA at a league level. It’s the NBA’s latest step in its approach to the new sports gambling landscape in the United States.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 in May 2018. The Act restricted and regulated sports betting primarily in the state of Nevada. Since the 2018 ruling, legal sportsbooks have opened in a total of 18 states plus the District of Columbia. There are several other states which are waiting to launch sports betting in their areas. Last month, William Hill USA opened inside the Capital One Arena, complete with betting windows and self-serving kiosks. It is the first ever physical sportsbook to open inside a U.S. sports arena venue.

As for NBABet Stream, it is an experiment for the league this season but according to Kauffman-Ross, the league thinks that this is where the nature of the game broadcasts are headed to. It may be a secondary screen option right now but they are looking at the possibility of integrating watching a game and betting in the near future.

Here’s an Update on the Seminole Tribe’s New Casino Rules

Florida’s casino industry has been up and running for more than a month. Unfortunately, the state is experiencing a major rise in Covid-19 cases and officials are trying to find new ways to protect public health. Today, we’re going to take a look at the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules.Seminole Tribe of Florida

The Seminole Tribe currently operates several major casino-resorts in the state of Florida. All of the tribe’s casinos are now implementing new safety measures. Hopefully, these new regulations help to protect the casino visitors.

Florida Continues to Struggle With Surge Of Covid-19 Cases

We’re about to enter the month of August, and cases of Covid-19 continue to increase around the country. State leaders are trying to find the best way to reopen their economies while keeping new infections down. This is proving to be extremely difficult.

For months, New York was the worst-affected state in the country from the new coronavirus. That is no longer the case. Florida seems to be the new epicenter, with a huge number of new infections recorded here every single day.

Governor Ron DeSantis has faced criticism for opening Florida’s economy too quickly. Some believe it’s time for him to begin implementing more regulations. Others feel that doing so would be devastating to the state economy.

Many of the casinos in Florida have the power to set their own regulations. The Seminole Tribe controls many Native American casinos in the state and first began opening them up in early June. Due to the continuing rise in coronavirus cases, this tribe is now focusing more on improving safety measures.

Casinos around the United States are struggling. Revenue from this industry has been dropping considerably over the past few months. There are worries that the Seminole tribe’s new casino regulations will result in an even bigger drop in revenue. As of now, however, there seem to be no other options on the table.

Here’s a Quick Look at the Seminole Tribe’s New Casino Rules

Over the past decade, the Seminole tribe has created a major gambling hub in Florida. This tribe acquired most of Hard Rock International in 2006 and has been working to expand ever since. It now operates six casinos in the state, including a massive new guitar-shaped hotel-casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Up until recently, this tribe’s casino business was very successful. Jim Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International, continued pushing to open new casinos around the country. Now, this company is focused almost entirely on increasing safety measures.

Allen recently released a new press release that details some of the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules.

“Seminole Gaming is committed to the health and safety of its guests and team members, and we are upgrading our comprehensive ‘Safe + Sound’ program to further limit the threat from COVID-19,” he said. “We are making sure our resorts and casinos are safe and sound so our guests and team members have peace of mind when they return.”

Moving forward, guests inside these casinos must all wear masks. They must also stay in one place when removing their masks to eat, drink, or smoke. Temperature checks and more reduced capacity measures are also being set in place.

Many are pleased to see these new regulations set in place. Some still feel that casinos should be shut down entirely, though. That seems highly unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Florida isn’t the only state that is ramping up its public health safety measures.

Las Vegas Casinos Continue to Implement More Safety Measures

It’s clear that Florida has some trouble ahead. Rates of Covid-19 continue to increase here and it’s unclear when this trend will slow down. In reality, though, many states around the country are seeing their infection rates increase rapidly.

Las Vegas remains the gambling hub of the United States. Obviously, casino companies here are working hard to make things safe for guests. That’s proving extremely difficult. We’ve seen cases increase steadily here since casinos have reopened.

The casinos here continue adding more safety measures. Recently, several major casino companies announced they’re looking to add more self-service options inside their venues. Limiting human-to-human contact is now a priority. This is likely to bring about more casino employee layoffs.

Revenue reports for some of the largest casino companies have just been released. Things are just as bad as most figured that would be. During 2020’s second quarter, for example, Las Vegas Sands saw its revenue drop by an incredible 97%.

No one can say how the US casino industry will look by the end of 2020. More gaming companies are now focused on their online operations. Even with the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules, Florida’s gambling revenue is likely to remain low for at least the next six months.

Do you plan on visiting any Florida casinos this year? Let us know in the comments section below!

Florida’s Casino Industry is Slowly Coming Back to Life

Every day, it seems like more casinos around the country begin to open back up. Florida has been one of the most aggressive states in reopening the economy. According to new reports, Florida’s casino industry is starting to come back to life.Florida Street Sign

Several South Florida casinos are opening up this week. It’s great news for gambling fans in the area. Now is the perfect time to look at which gambling venues are opening their doors here.

Let’s get into it!

Governor DeSantis Continues Allowing Businesses to Reopen

Like all other states, Florida’s leaders ordered almost all businesses to shut their doors back in March. Many criticized the state officials here for taking too long to make these orders. Many beaches remained open to the public here while other nearby states were basically shut down.

Time went on, and Florida’s infection rates remained fairly low. Eventually, Governor Ron DeSantis started giving certain businesses the green light to reopen. The state even started allowing major sports leagues to start operating here.

The WWE began hosting events in the state. Weeks later, the UFC moved its operations to Jacksonville. The MMA leader hosted three separate events in this city. Other state leaders began looking at Florida for advice on how to safely reopen.

Of course, Covid-19 infection rates continue to rise and fall around the country. In recent days, infection rates have begun rising in this state. In just one day, for example, 1,371 new cases were officially recorded here.

It’s a complicated situation. Leaders around the country are attempting to weigh the pros and cons of reopening their economies. Despite the rise in Florida’s cases, officials here are still pushing to lift regulations. It now appears that some of the biggest casinos will soon open their doors here.

Florida’s Casino Industry is About to Open Back Up

Many are surprised to find that Florida actually has one of the largest casino industries in the Southern United States. Some of these are racinos, offering just slot-style games. There are also many Native American casinos that offer Class III games such as slots and table games.

For months, all of these venues have been shut down. Members of the Seminole Tribe have discussed several different plans to safely reopen their gaming venues. Now, it appears they’re ready to resume operations.

According to new reports, the Hard Rock Hollywood Hotel-Casino and many other venues in Southern Florida will begin operating again on Friday. Obviously, a huge number of safety measures will be set in place. You can see some of them below.

  • Temperature checks will be required for all guests.
  • All guests will be required to wear masks.
  • Plexiglass barriers will be set on table games to divide players.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the casino floor.
  • Only 50% of the casino capacity will be allowed in.

These are just a few of the regulations being required. They may change as time goes on. Whether they become more or less intense is not entirely known.

Many are looking forward to Florida’s casino industry getting back on track. The Seminole Tribe has lost an incredible amount of money due to the regulations put in place here. We’ll make sure to offer updates on how much revenue is earned once these venues start accepting guests again.

Is Sports Betting Coming to Florida Soon?

State leaders seem to encourage casinos opening in Florida. Many feel the taxes earned from these venues will help the state recover from the past few months. The same can be said for almost all other states.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen many states around the country look more into the legalization of sports betting. More than 20 states now have a regulated sports betting industry and most of them are earning an incredible amount of revenue from the industry every single month.

Florida has not yet legalized sports betting. Several politicians have been working hard to change this. In order to do so, however, the state will likely need to come to an agreement with the Seminole Tribe on revenue and taxes.

In November of 2019, Senator Jeff Brandes presented several bills to legalize sports gambling. These were not approved. Many sports gambling advocates in the state are now working to come up with bills.

For now, state leaders seem focused on reviving Florida’s casino industry. Some of the best properties here, including the Hard Rock Florida venue, are scheduled to open up here later this week. Hopefully, sports gambling is approved here by the end of the year.

Stay tuned for more Florida gambling news over the next few weeks!

UFC 249 Fighters Will Be Tested for Covid-19 Before Event

On Saturday, May 9th, the UFC will become the first major sports league in the US to resume its operations. MMA fans around the world are excited, yet many still have questions about the safety of everyone involved in this event. Fortunately, news has surfaced that all UFC 249 fighters will be tested for Covid-19 prior to stepping in the cage.

UFC 249 Poster

More details of this event continue to come out. It should be one of the most-watched mixed martial arts events of all time. Today, we’re going to look at how the UFC is ensuring that all the fighters competing will stay safe.

Let’s get into it!

The UFC’s Upcoming Event is Given the Green Light to Take Place

We’re now less than a week away from UFC 249 taking place. For the past few weeks, fans have held their breath, hoping this event would be approved to take place. It’s scheduled to take place in Florida where sports were recently deemed essential.

Fortunately, it appears the UFC has been given the green light to host this event by all necessary parties. Dana White claims Florida’s sports commission and Governor have approved UFC 249. He also claims ESPN is ready to broadcast the show.

It seems very unlikely that this event will be postponed like the event back in April was. Officials within the UFC have worked hard to ensure they abide by state and federal laws. UFC 249 fighters are likely to travel to Florida in the next day or two to prepare for their bouts.

This won’t be the only major MMA event to take place this month. Dana White claims that multiple events will be held over the next two weeks. After that, the company will get back to its normal schedule.

It’s a good time to be an MMA fan. Several major fight cards are scheduled to take place over the next few weeks. The UFC’s “Fight Island” is expected to be up and running soon, as well.

Recently, news broke that the UFC plans to test all of its fighters for the new coronavirus.

All UFC 249 Fighters Are Going to be Tested for Covid-19

Holding a major sporting event right now was always going to generate controversy. Many have condemned the UFC’s decision to resume operations, claiming it puts many at unnecessary risk. Officials within the UFC have countered that argument, claiming they will ensure that the event is held in as safe a way as possible.

Several journalists have asked Dana White whether or not the fighters competing will be tested for Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus spreading around the country. For weeks, Dana White refused to answer this question. We’ve finally gotten an answer today.

A new report by ESPN confirms that all UFC 249 fighters will be tested for Covid-19. Brian Hughes, chief administrative officer of Jacksonville, discussed some of the UFC’s safety measures with the media recently.

“Part of what gave us comfort was a plan they (UFC) outlined related to testing those they’re bringing to Jacksonville related to COVID-19,” Hughes said. “Based on what we’ve been briefed, it is clear that they’re going to test for COVID and they’ll have a couple of different segments of testing throughout the week.”

This is what everyone wanted to hear. It’s great to see live sports back up and running, but not if it compromises the athletes. Based on what’s being said, this event will be held as safely as possible.

We’re now beginning to hear about the other major fights scheduled to take place this week.

Here’s Who’s Fighting Later This Month

The event scheduled to take place on Saturday is one of the biggest in UFC history. Every single fight on the card has fans interested. Recently, UFC officials started to reveal some of the other fighters scheduled to headline events this month.

On Wednesday, May 13th, light-heavyweight contenders Anthony Smith and Glover Teixeira will look to take on step closer to the title. In the co-main event of this card, Ben Rothwell will welcome Ovince St. Preux to the heavyweight division. There are several important undercard bouts scheduled to take place, as well.

Another fight card will take place on May 16th. Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris are headlining this show. In the co-main event, Claudia Gadelha will try to halt the momentum of Angela Hill. Dana White also claimed that Tyron Woodley may headline a show on May 23rd.

UFC 249 fighters are set to be tested for Covid-19. It’s safe to assume that all the other fighters competing this month will receive these tests, as well. It’s clear that the UFC is doing everything it can to protect the athletes and staff working at this event.

The next few fight cards will be held in Jacksonville, Florida. In time, fight cards may be held at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, no one expects any major combat sporting events to be held inside a Las Vegas casino anytime soon.

What UFC 249 fighters are you most excited to watch? Do you think it’s smart for the promotion to host events right now? Let us know in the comments section below.

Florida’s Casino Industry is Still Up and Running

As Covid-19 spreads all around the world, more states are forcing their casinos to close down. For now, lawmakers in Florida are not setting these regulations. Florida’s casino industry is still up and running, despite more cases of the coronavirus popping up.Florida

Exactly how long these gambling venues will be able to keep operating is unknown. Florida’s state government may soon force these casinos to shut down. Let’s take a look at what exactly is happening here.

More Cases of Covid-19 Are Being Reported in Florida

The new coronavirus has now officially infected individuals in all 50 US states. Infection rates are beginning to skyrocket and many fear that our healthcare system will soon be put under intense strain. As time goes on, more cases of Covid-19 are beginning to emerge in Florida.

More than 280 Florida residents have tested positive for the virus. Many believe the true number is considerably higher, though. Just hours ago, news broke that the first death from the coronavirus in Northeast Florida has taken place.

Lawmakers in the state are taking a more lenient approach than many others, though. For reasons unknown, Florida is still allowing major beaches to stay open to the public. Bans on large public gatherings have not been announced here.

Every hour, it seems like more cases are emerging in this state. This is likely to continue for the next few weeks. Unless significant changes are made, Florida will continue to experience a major surge in Covid-19 cases.

Florida’s casino industry has seen its fair share of problems, yet it continues to operate. Here’s how gambling venues here are responding to the situation.

Florida’s Casino Industry Continues to Operate

Florida is home to many casinos. Some are racinos, and others are major Class III venues owned and operated by Native American tribes. The Seminole Tribe, which owns Hard Rock International, controls several major casinos in the state.

One of the biggest is the Seminole Casino Hotel. This massive venue, located in Immokalee, draws in many visitors from around the state. Not long ago, however, a man who visited this venue ended up passing away from Covid-19.

That isn’t stopping this property from operating. The Seminole Casino Hotel is continuing to run its operations. In fact, most of Florida’s casino industry is continuing to run as if nothing unusual is happening.

Not every casino is taking this approach, though. This week, two South Florida casinos announced they were officially closing their doors to the public. The Casino at Dania Beach and the Big Easy Casino have voluntarily closed their doors.

It seems very likely that the state will shut these venues down. Infection rates in Florida continue to increase. Soon, lawmakers here will have no other option than to close down all gambling establishments.

More States Are Forcing Casinos to Close

At the moment, Florida’s casino industry is continuing to operate. Many other states are taking a different approach. Casinos around the country are now being forced to shut down.

This includes Las Vegas. Yesterday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that all casinos in the state are now being shut down. This is devastating to Las Vegas, which relies heavily on its gambling industry for revenue.

New York has also closed down its casino industry. Most of the gaming venues here are in Upstate New York. Governor Cuomo is not announcing when these casinos will be allowed to resume operations.

Online gambling is growing more popular every day in the US. Even Florida casino sites are growing extremely popular. Many of these websites offer even more gambling options than the top land-based casinos in the state.

Florida’s casino industry is still up and running. Don’t expect this to last for much longer, though. Soon, online casino gambling will be the only option available here.

Stay tuned for more Florida casino news over the next few months!

Gov. DeSantis Still Wants to Solve Florida’s Gambling Issues

For months, lawmakers in Florida have discussed ways to improve the state’s gambling industry. State officials have been trying to come to a deal with the Seminole Tribe, who own several major casinos. A deal wasn’t made this week, yet Governor Ron DeSantis is still determined to solve Florida’s gambling issues. Florida

There’s a lot going on here. As of now, the state cannot come to an agreement with the Seminoles on a new tax structure. Today, we’re going to look at what exactly is going on here.

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The Seminole’s Fight Over Gambling in Florida Has Lasted Months

The Seminole Tribe in Florida is one of the most notorious Native American groups in the country. Over the past few decades, this tribe has developed a massive casino industry. Unfortunately, tribal leaders have been fighting with Florida’s lawmakers over revenue-sharing deals.

In 2010, the Seminoles agreed to a compact with Florida that brought the state hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Tribal leaders now claim this deal is no longer valid. They are claiming that it was only agreed to for a period of 10 years.

Now, the tribe wants to negotiate the deal. In mid-2019, the first negotiations between the Seminole and Florida lawmakers took place. Hope was that a new compact could be agreed to before the end of the year.

That wasn’t the case. The previous compact officially expired in May. Since that time, the state has lost out on millions of dollars in gambling tax revenue. Both the tribe and state officials believe the other is in the wrong.

Unfortunately, this is causing some major issues. The state has threatened to shut down the tribe’s casinos. Meanwhile, Seminole leaders have been battling in the courts against politicians. Hope was that this week would finally bring an end to this fight. According to new reports, this is not the case.

Florida’s Gambling Issues Continue After Another Deal Falls Through

The Seminole tribe is taking a hardline stance here. For the most part, the tribe has been unwilling to enter into any kind of meaningful negotiations. That’s made it difficult for Florida’s House and Senate, who’ve been working to come up a new deal on their own.

This week, Florida’s House Gaming Control Subcommittee canceled another meeting between the two chambers. It was disappointing news for many who’d hoped to see this dispute finally come to an end. Even Governor Ron DeSantis is claiming he wants Florida’s gambling issues to be resolved.

“I have not met with them yet. But I would like to have a resolution, and so I anticipate meeting with them in the not-too-distant future,” DeSantis told the media. “I hope we can get something done. I think it would be good, if we can. But that is definitely on the agenda on the not-too-distant future.”

The Seminole tribe has officially stopped paying it’s annual $330 million to the state. For this reason, many lawmakers are making this dispute their number-one priority.

DeSantis seems focused on solving these issues. The tribes want a long-term deal with the state that cuts taxes. Officials want to ensure the state is getting what it’s rightfully owed. We’ll need to wait and see how this plays out over the next few months.

Sports Betting is Still Being Considered in Florida

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state in the country the ability to legalize sports gambling. Since that time, 21 states have officially passed legislation to regulate their sports betting markets.

This industry is proving to be incredibly lucrative. Taxes from legal sports betting is helping to bring many states millions of dollars every single month. As time goes on, more states are becoming interested in legalizing this form of gambling.

In November of 2019, the first sports betting bills were presented in Florida. Senator Jeff Brandes presented the legislation “specifying requirements for accepting wagers on sports events.” State officials have been reviewing these bills for the past few months.

It seems likely that Florida will soon regulate sports betting. The only issues may come from the Seminole tribe, who are likely to argue that sports betting should only be allowed inside their casinos. As of now, however, the legalization of both land-based and online sports gambling is being considered here.

Florida’s gambling issues have been dragging on for months. Is this the year they finally end? Stay tuned for more updates!