Florida Poker Sites 2014 – FL Online Gambling Law


florida online poker gambling laws 2014The state of Florida is home to between 500,000 and one million online poker players, depending on which statistics you look at (1). The demographics in Florida are ideal for a regulated online poker market but to date no such bill has been signed into law. The current legal atmosphere for online poker in Florida remains the same as it is in most other states. It is not illegal for a Florida citizen to play poker online for real money but gaming companies are prohibited from operating within Florida’s borders and banks are prohibited from processing Internet poker related financial transactions on behalf of Florida citizens. These activities are not prohibited by any Florida law but by the U.S. government’s Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. Politicians in Florida on both sides of the aisle have tried to legalize and regulate online poker as recently as 2010. Florida is home to a wide range of casinos, horse tracks and greyhound tracks so the citizenry there tends to be very tolerant towards online poker and gambling in general. Florida currently has a healthy cash game and poker tournament circuit. There are 28 pari-mutuel facilities in Florida and many of them are licensed to offer live poker. Few states in the USA can match Florida’s pari-mutuel betting industry. Pari-mutuel establishments in Florida include both private and Native American casinos, dog tracks and horse tracks.

Additionally, Floridians can play poker and jai alai games at these casinos and tracks. Slot machines and video poker games are also available at pari-mutuel facilities in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the most populous in Florida. The section below includes a list of semi legal US poker sites that accept Florida residents.

Legal US Poker Sites In 2014

There are several states in the USA with pro online gambling laws. Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware all have legal Internet poker rooms in 2014 and Florida is hoping to join them this year. These legal US poker sites in 2014 are small so 99 out of 100 American poker players still gamble at the leading USA poker sites like Bovada and Betonline. Other states expected to pass Internet gambling laws that will allow people to play poker online for money and gamble at US casinos in 2014 include Texas, California and Illinois. I’m so confident that the gambling laws in IL will change that I created this web site about Illinois poker sites in 2014. For more information about legal online poker rooms and such please visit www.USPokersites.lv or read this list of the top US online poker sites in 2014.

  • Bovada – FL poker site, casino and sportsbook. Fast US payouts. 100% poker bonus up to $1,000, free bets and additional bonuses for casino gamblers and sports bettors in 2014. Use this link to claim these bonuses.
  • Betonline – Florida poker room, casino, live dealer casino, game room, sports book and racebook. Bet Online is the fastest paying online gambling site open to Florida residents in 2014. Claim a 200% poker bonus, $135 in free bets, cashback, betting rebates and much more. You must use this link to claim these special perks.

History Of Online Poker Legislation In Florida

In January of 2010 Florida Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (D) and Rep. Peter Nehr (R) proposed the “Internet Poker Consumer Protection & Revenue Generation Act of 2010”, also known as HB 1441. This bill would have allowed online poker companies to operate in Florida and serve the citizens there, thus creating America’s first legalized and regulated online poker industry. HB 1441 was referred to the Insurance, Business & Financial Affairs Policy Committee but was halted due to a 2-2 tie vote.

Rep. Abruzzo resubmitted this act in December of 2011, now known as HB 77. Two months later Florida Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portill (R) proposed SB 812 in the Florida Senate. SB 812 and HB 77 are companion bills, one for the House and the other for the Senate. On May 7th of 2011 both acts were

In order for this to happen both HB 1441 and the Senate companion bill SB 812 would needed to be passed. Then Florida Governor Rick Scott would have needed to sign the act into law.
Both bills enjoyed bipartisan support but the ultimately shared the same fate:

Florida’s Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering would have been responsible for overseeing the enterprise and Abruzzo claimed that the new industry would generate $200 million in revenue per year. This potential revenue and Florida’s financial troubles likely played an important role in garnering support from other conservatives. Mr. Abruzzo has been quoted saying: “Why not legalize, regulate and bring in revenue from something that’s already occurring?” and other FL lawmakers have expressed similar comments.

Upcoming Online Poker Bills In Florida

A search of the Florida government web site found no proposed bills related to online poker on the slate for 2014. This does not mean that there won’t be any, only that none are currently on the table. Citizens of Florida may not have to wait for their elected officials to legalize online poker because there are no state laws that forbid this activity. Many industry insiders expect federal online poker legislation this year and if the U.S. government passes such a law it would likely result with Florida passing an intrastate bill like HB1441 or possibly even partnering up with neighboring states to form a interstate online poker coalition. I will update this site when FL poker sites start popping up when the gambling law in Florida changes.

Resources: [7]

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=44235
http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pmw/FAQs-Cardrooms.html

 

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