Supreme Court Declines Florida Sportsbetting Case

The Seminole Tribe in the state of Florida will be able to continue the operation of its sportsbook as a sole offering, as the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge on the case by the West Flagler Associates (WFA).

WFA had challenged the launch of the Hard Rock Bet sportsbook by the Seminoles, as they said that the compact between the tribe and the state of Florida was not valid for online sportsbetting. That challenge originally took place in 2021 and has been rejected on multiple levels. With this rejection, WFA's attempts to overturn the Seminoles' sportsbook are over on a federal level, although the company could try another court appeal on the state level.

In a statement, Seminole Tribe Spokesman Gary Bitner said: "The Seminole Tribe of Florida applauds today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to decline consideration of the case involving the Tribe's Gaming Compact with the State of Florida. It means members of the Seminole Tribe and all Floridians can count on a bright future made possible by the Compact."

The Seminole Tribe and state of Florida have had compacts that allow the tribe to be the sole operator of casino games that involve cards. The two also have an agreement that allows for sportsbetting, which has aggravated those in the commercial sector who want to also be able to provide services.

Casino Listings News is following this story and will be posting new stories if and when WFA decides to pursue the case further in Florida's courts.

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Dustin Jermalowicz // News Editor
Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.

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