Gambling Laws in Florida

Gambling laws in Florida regulate the various forms of gambling activities within the state. Florida has a mix of laws that allow certain types of gambling while prohibiting others. Gambling Laws can change and we aim to provide the most current information here, but most recent law information is not guaranteed.

Casino Gambling

Casino gambling is restricted in Florida. Tribal casinos operated by Native American tribes under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) are allowed to offer various forms of gambling, including slot machines, card games (such as blackjack and poker), and other casino-style games. These casinos are regulated by the federal government and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Pari-Mutuel Wagering

Pari-mutuel wagering refers to betting on horse racing, greyhound racing, and jai alai. Florida permits pari-mutuel wagering at licensed racetracks and frontons. Additionally, these establishments may offer poker rooms and slot machines. The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering regulates and licenses these facilities.

Florida Lottery

The Florida Lottery is legal and offers various games, including scratch-off tickets and draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions. The revenue generated from the lottery supports education in the state.

Social Gambling

Florida allows social gambling, which is gambling conducted in a private setting where all participants have a bona fide social relationship and no one profits other than as a player.

Online Gambling

Online gambling is generally prohibited in Florida. The state does not have laws specifically legalizing or regulating online casinos or online poker. However, daily fantasy sports (DFS) are allowed under certain conditions.

Charitable Gambling

Non-profit organizations may hold charitable gambling events, such as bingo and raffles, to raise funds for charitable purposes. These activities are subject to specific regulations and licensing requirements.

Illegal Gambling

Certain forms of gambling are illegal in Florida, such as unlicensed casino operations, bookmaking (running or participating in sports betting operations), and engaging in illegal gambling schemes.


Gambling Law in Florida