Florida Compact Could Lead to Online Casino Gambling
Recently, Florida entered into a new compact with the Seminole tribe to allow sports betting, roulette, and craps at the tribe’s seven casinos. However, a closer look at the compact reveals that real money online casinos could be legalized in the near future.
Meanwhile, the World Series of Poker has released the dates for the 2021 WSOP Online international series. The series will host 33 bracelet events leading up to the live 2021 WSOP in Las Vegas.
New Compacts Brings Sports Betting to Florida
Recently, Governor Ron DeSantis struck a new compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida that will authorize sports betting at tribal casinos. The 30-year-deal will also legalize both craps and roulette games that the seven tribal casinos in the state. Sports betting is guaranteed at least $500 million a year in revenue through sports betting.
The state legislature still has to approve the compact and is expected to do so during the special session that starts May 17th. Should the legislature approve the compact, the deal must be approved by the federal government.
Most everyone seems to believe that the state government will pass the new compact. However, some think that the federal government may stop those plans. We should know something in the next few weeks. Should everyone sign off on the compact, sports betting could be in Florida casinos by the fall.
Online Casino Games May Come in the Future
This new compact may also pave the way for online gambling in the state. Once the compact clears all potential legal and political hurdles, parties will then start negotiating online casino gambling. All parties will begin negotiations within three years to legalize all games presently offer in live casinos. This will include blackjack, roulette, craps, online poker, and more.
The deal would also legalize online sports betting. According to Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming, “You could be in your car or in your living room and place a bet on your mobile phone. You don’t have to be in one of our authorized gaming facilities.”
Allen also points out that online gambling is already happening in Florida, but at unregulated websites. He states, “It is all around us. It is everywhere with all of these offshore companies. Why not make sure there is integrity in the process?”
WSOP Announces Dates for International Leg of WSOP Online
We’ve already reported on the dates for the domestic leg of WSOP Online. We now know the dates for the international leg. The 2020 WSOP Online International series will run from August 1st through September 12th over on GGPoker.
This year, the series will feature 33 bracelet events with a variety of buy-ins. Odds are that the fields will be massive, similar to what we saw last year. The 2020 WSOP Online Main Event set a record for the largest prize pool for an online poker tournament.
According to Steve Preiss, Head of Operations at GGPoker, “When GGPoker & WSOP partnered in 2020, we broke world records. Our plans for 2021 are to offer even more to our customers. With massive tournaments, WSOP gold bracelets & rings, and a route into the live WSOP Main Event in November, we hope players will love what we have in store for them.”
The domestic leg of WSOP Online will run from July 1st through August 1st over at WSOP.com in Nevada and New Jersey. All 33 events will award gold bracelets. The live 2021 World Series of Poker will run from September 30th through November 23rd. Pending the state of the pandemic at the time, the WSOP Europe is scheduled to run from November 19th through December 8th at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.