Seminole Casinos to introduce sports betting, among other games

Reporter: Michael Hudak Writer: Nicholas Karsen
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The Seminole Casino in South Florida announced plans to move forward with introducing sports betting, among other games in December.

The announcement made on Nov. 1 by the Seminole Casino and Seminole Hard Rock plans to celebrate “A New Era in Florida Gaming” with the launch of craps, roulette and sports gambling at all six Seminole Casinos. 

The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the $2.5 billion deal between Florida and the Seminole tribe.

Craps, roulette and sports betting will launch to the public on Dec. 7 at all three Seminole Casinos in South Florida, which includes the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. 

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Roulette Wheel and Roulette Table. Credit: Seminole Gaming

On Dec. 8, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa will introduce the changes.   

On Dec. 11, the new games will launch at Seminole Casino Immokalee, near Naples, and Seminole Brighton Casino, on the northwest side of Lake Okeechobee, finishing the changes to the six casino locations.

Daniel Wallach is a sports betting attorney. He has followed all the twists and turns over the last two years. Though, as big as this sports gambling is, he said there’s no definitive word if or when the tribe will launch its online sports betting app.

In fact, 85% of all sports bets are on the phone and placed online.

But Wallach said he believes we could see a sports betting app before the Seminoles start taking bets in their casinos, and then another lawsuit by the same people who just lost their case before the Supreme Court.

“If the rumors are true, and the Seminole tribe intends on relaunching its online sports book within the next three weeks, West Flagler will move in the Florida supreme court for essentially an emergency order, temporarily suspending the mobile sports betting provisions of Florida law, they’ve already indicated that they were going to file such a motion if the circumstances changed,” he said.

WINK News asked the tribe spokesman if the Seminoles would relaunch its sports betting app, but he didn’t give an answer.

WINK also asked if the tribe plans on building an actual sportsbook in its casinos. He said there are plans to build one at the Seminole casino in Hollywood and at the one in Tampa, but not here in Immokalee, at least not yet.

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