Sports betting still taking place in Florida, despite judge’s order
By Bob Garcia
The Seminole tribe is still offering online sports betting after being told to stop
On Monday night, it had come to light that a US District Court judge explicitly called for the blocking of sports betting in Florida; however, to date, punters are still reportedly betting on the Seminole Tribe’s Hard Rock platform. A law professor in the state says there is a good chance that the opportunity will not disappear in the near future.
Bob Jarvis, a professor specializing in gaming law at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law, wrote a post the day after the judge’s decision, saying, “I assume that during the appeal her decision will be stayed, which will allow the Seminoles to continue to operate their games.”
According to a Better Collective employee, who has actually been able to fund an account and place different bets, has made it clear that the market remains open without any hiccups so far. After its motion to intervene in the case was denied, the Seminole Tribe filed a stay in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday to allow bets pending appeal to continue to be offered, as well as a request for its appeal to be reviewed as soon as possible.
The Seminole’s request is that the issue be resolved no later than mid-week so that the Tribe can seek immediate relief from the DC Circuit. In its filing, the Tribe argues that such an action would have irreparable consequences should a stay not be granted, while the plaintiffs would not be harmed by a stay, which would “maintain the status quo.”
Federal Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled Monday in favor of two parimutuels, after opening a case against the US Department of the Interior (DoI). The lawsuit argued that the compact agreed between the state and the Seminole was illegal. Agreeing, Friedrich voided the document and asked that legal sports betting be suspended, just over 20 days after the market was launched.