Florida Gambling Laws & Online Poker in Florida

Florida still doesn’t have any online poker legislation in place.  However, changes have been discussed but there probably won’t be movement for a couple of years.

Type/Code Summary
State Code Section(s) XLVI.849; XXXIII.550-551
Definition of Gambling Gambling: Whoever plays or engages in any game at cards, keno, roulette, faro or other game of chance, at any place, by any device whatever, for money or other thing of value, shall be guilty.
Definition of Game of Skill Game of skill: A game in which the player does not control the outcome of the game through skill or a game where the outcome is determined by factors not visible, known, or predictable to the player.
Online Poker/Gambling There is no regulated online poker or gaming in Florida. The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States tried to push legislation for online poker in 2012 and beyond, but lawmakers were uninterested in stretching gambling beyond the land-based racinos and Indian casinos.
Live Poker Live poker is allowed at the racinos and the casinos on Indian lands, complete with cash games and tournaments.
Casinos Two federally-recognized tribes operate a number of fully-functional casinos throughout the state per IGRA. Many race tracks also operate casino games like poker and slot machines, making them racinos.
Sports Betting Florida has not yet considered a sports betting bill.
DFS Several bills were introduced in 2018 to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports, but none passed.
Other Forms of Gambling Lottery, pari-mutuel wagering for horse and dog racing, jai alai, penny-ante games with winnings not exceeding $10 (including poker), bingo, charitable gaming.