The Seminole Indian tribe and the state of Florida have agreed to yank online casino gambling from the betting compact that the two are working to negotiate.
The tribe and Governor Ron DeSantis had agreed to a 30 year deal that would have granted the tribe sportsbetting and online casino gambling rights in the state. The pact was originally signed last month, but facing some resistance from politicians both parties have agreed to yank the online casino gambling provision. Exclusive sportsbetting rights will be retained by the tribe.
Sportsbetting is thought to be a lucrative industry in Florida, with estimates coming in at about $2 billion annually within a few years.
Speaking about the decision to strip online gaming Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson said, "I appreciate the Tribe and Gov. DeSantis understanding the gravity of our concerns and amending the compact. I also want to thank President Simpson and our Senate counterparts for continuing to be steadfast partners throughout this entire endeavor."