Miami Poker Room, Casino Sue Florida Over Seminole Online Gambling Compact
Miami's Bonita Springs Poker Room and Magic City Casino have filed a lawsuit against Florida over the state's online-gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe. The complaint claims the compact violates federal law and contradicts legal precedents. Florida approved the pact despite warnings from legal observers. It is under review within the federal government's Department of the Interior. If the suit is successful, the agreement could be tossed out. It might give the tribe exclusive rights to offer sports betting. if it is found to be valid.
Miami Poker Room and Casino's corporate parents, Bonita-Fort Myers Corporation and West Flagler Associates, Ltd. filed a lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The suit is over the Seminole Online Gambling Compact. It gives the tribe exclusive rights to conduct several forms of online gambling in Florida. Florida's other gambling venues can only provide sports betting and poker games.
Miami Poker Room and Casino are suing Florida over the Seminole Online Gambling Compact. The suit claims Florida has acted beyond its authority and violated three federal laws. The compact's parallel attempts to circumvent Florida law declaring online gambling otherwise illegal are also alleged to be illegal. Sports betting is still taking place outside the Tribe’s reservations in a state where it is illegal, as the suit points out.
Daniel Wallach, a Florida gaming attorney, calls the lawsuit a "slam dunk" and advises plaintiffs to focus on the IGRA aspect.
Miami Poker Room and Casino are suing Florida over the Seminole Online Gambling Compact. The complaint notes that the addition of two severability clauses within the compact could give the tribe a statewide exclusive on sports betting. Opponents will try to have the Compact scrapped in its entirety. The Southwest Pari-Mutuels are expected to file for a temporary restraining order against the state.
Miami Poker Room and Casino are suing Florida over Seminole Online Gambling Compact. The Compact is intended to ensure compliance with IGRA. If the Compact becomes invalid, the Tribe will be relieved of its obligation to pay the full Guaranteed Minimum Compact Term Payment.