A step forward for those who support sports betting


This week a victory has come for those who want sports betting to come to Florida ASAP.

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the owners of a Florida poker room. Now, two more lawsuits are awaiting hearing. WINK News asks experts if they think the decision to dismiss the first trial could become a trend.

The owners of the Bonita Springs Poker Room were the first to lose their first bet. They hope their chances will be better the second time around. They will have a different judge, in a different court and a new argument. They believe that the online sports framework controlled by the Seminole tribe will “cannibalize” their clientele.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe won the first hand. A federal judge has dismissed one of three lawsuits challenging their deal to bring sports betting to Florida.

John Holden is a sports betting expert and lawyer. “You never want to start losing. So this… when they’re there now, the odds go up that we’re going to see, certainly the online betting will be coming soon, ”Holden said.

WINK News asked Holden to explain why this federal judge may have dismissed the lawsuit. The owners of Bonita Springs Poker Room have sued Governor DeSantis and Department of Business and Professional Regulation secretary Julie Brown.

“What the judge actually said was… neither of those people were the people who caused this injury to you. So these are not the right people, ”Holden said.

Sports betting expert and lawyer Daniel Wallach said the right people to sue would be the federal government. The owners of Bonita Springs Poker Room will try again but this time with a new trial and a new judge.

“DC’s lawsuit is against another defendant, which is the US Department of the Interior, the federal agency that actually approved the pact,” Wallach said.

“No Casinos” is an anti-gambling group that is also suing the Home Office. A judge will hear the remaining two trials, the other two of the three, on November 5. However, based on the first lawsuit, the state of Florida believes it holds all the cards.

“It’s a pretty big win,” Holden said.

The “No Casinos” lawsuit argues that gambling outside of tribal lands will negatively impact neighborhoods, increase crime and reduce property values.

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