Florida sports betting was suspended by the Seminole Tribe after the Court of Appeals denied its request for an emergency stay. As a result, online sports wagering via the Hard Rock Sportsbook app is unavailable. In addition, players saw an error message when they tried using the online sports betting app.
The Seminole Tribe and Governor Ron DeSantis came up with an amendment to the gaming compact that allowed sports betting on tribal grounds. Also, the tribe can operate its mobile sportsbook app via servers on tribal property.
According to sports news coverage, the tribe agreed to pay a minimum of $2.5 billion to Florida State as part of the deal. Also, the Seminole Tribe has already paid $75 million since October. After the suspension, the Hard Rock sportsbook will refund account balances if players request it. However, it doesn’t indicate the end of sports betting in the state.
Florida Sports Betting Suspended
The Hard Rock Casino said that although they are suspending its sports betting operations, it will continue to develop the best place for basketball betting in Florida. Also, they will honor wagers placed before 11 AM ET on Saturday. Wagers made on sports after 11 AM were null and void. As a result, players can’t bet on NCAA football’s Championship Saturday.
Two Florida casinos claimed that the tribe’s gaming compact harmed their businesses. US District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled in favor of the two casinos and outlawed sports betting in the state. As a result, the tribe filed an emergency stay motion to allow its sports wagering operations to continue as they waited for the appeal. However, the Appeals Court denied the motion for a stay.
Although the Seminole Tribe can’t operate under the old deal, it can create a new one that would allow sports betting only on tribal lands.