(Population of 19.89 million as of 2014)
With its hefty population, Florida would be a big domino to fall, but the chances of that happening anytime soon are slim to none. Despite a study that estimated iGaming could net Florida up to $800 million in revenue within five years, state legislatures are more focused on whether or not resort-style casinos should be allowed.
In February, the Florida Senate Gaming Committee held a meeting to discuss a draft of a gaming reform bill, and while iGaming was discussed, it wasn’t included in the Senate Proposed Bill 7052.
According to Rich Ryan in his popular series Inside Gaming, “SPB 7052 does ask for increased authority control and enforcement over gaming, authorization for the Governor to renegotiate with the Seminoles, consolidation for all forms of gaming other than the lottery, authorization for two destination casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward County, and reduced requirements for operating a poker room.”
To make matters worse, Florida Governor Rick Scott, who is no doubt positioning himself to receive funds from Republican super donor Sheldon Adelson, recently tweeted that he supports a national ban on iGaming.
Although a national ban would be a better approach, I support a ban on internet gaming in Florida. (AP:http://t.co/sxFz2sBdix) (1/2)— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott)
Some other state dominoes need to fall (and perhaps leadership needs to change) before Florida becomes a serious player in the iGaming realm.
Since Gov. Rick Scott came out against online gambling in 2014, there hasn’t been much movement beyond a recent bill proposed for DGS regulation solely. It now sits with the gambling expansion DFS regulation introduced by Sen. Bill Galvano and a similar package from Sen. Jason Brodeur.