Florida's Supreme Court has rejected the appeal made by pari-mutuel betting group West Flagler Associates to suspend the Hard Rock Bet sportsbetting operation so that it could challenge the state's right to strike a compact with the tribe over the activity.
The motion was filed by West Flagler earlier this month when the Seminole Native American tribe announced that they were launching a mobile sportsbetting app dubbed Hard Rock Bet. The app went live on November 7th and provides statewide service to gamblers of legal age. The service allows gamblers to bet on sports from all around the world, including football, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, and moe.
The denial was announced in a short statement by the court, which read: "The 'Motion to Expedite Consideration of Request for All Writs Relief Pending Resolution of Petition for Writ of Quo Warranto and Suspend the Sports Betting Provisions' is hereby denied."
West Flagler has been challenging the compact made between the tribe and the state of Florida, arguing that Governor Ron DeSantis lacks the power to be able to make the compact. This was backed up by a Washington DC court, who said that the compact violates the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Further challenges to the Department of the Interior went against West Flagler, and eventually the US Supreme Court rejected the company's motion for a stay while the matter plays out.
Without a doubt, this case is a long way from being resolved. Casino Listings News will be keeping readers updated as developments arise.