Casino Watch Focus has reported on the various attempts to legalize sports betting in Florida following the landmark Supreme Court Decision that allowed sports betting outside of Las Vegas. Nothing has passed in Florida, but sports betting bills are poised for the upcoming legislative session, including one bill that is mostly leverage to move forward a new Seminole gambling compact with the state. Now adding to that pressure is the move by Florida’s cruise ship industry to allow sports betting in international waters. A local Orlando new source explains:
With states now facing pandemic-impacted budgets, some are looking at expanding gambling as a way to make up the difference. Since 2018, when a federal statute restricting regulated sports betting was ruled unconstitutional, more than a quarter of all states have legalized sports betting in some fashion. Three bills have been filed in Florida to legalize sports wagering. Now cruise lines are looking at the same tool to help them recover from more than a year of no cruises.
Multiple casino games are also available via the Ocean Casino app developed via a partnership with gaming technology firm Miomni. The Ocean Casino app, part of the OCEAN Guest Experience Platform, will now include a sports wagering section.
Like other onboard gambling, it will only be available when in international waters, or, according to Princess, “wherever permitted by Law.” Seeking Alpha’s senior editor,Clark Schultz, believes that sports betting will spread to other cruise lines, including Norwegian and Royal Caribbean. All major cruise lines have onboard Wi-Fi making a move to mobile gaming easy.
It’s still too early to know if Florida Senate Bill 392, which aims to legalize sports wagering in the state, will pass. The legislative session begins March 2.
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