General FAQs

The Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has no authority to regulate...
Lottery

Contact the Florida Lottery at www.flalottery.com

Bingo

Counties that allow bingo have their own individual ordinances which govern their operation. Contact the local State Attorney’s Office for the county in which you are requesting information about bingo.

“Cruises to Nowhere”

These cruises traditionally dock in a Florida port, but conduct their operations at sea, outside the boundaries of Florida, and are therefore not regulated by the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.

Where do I get more information about Indian Gaming?

The Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has been designated by the Florida Legislature as the State Compliance Agency (SCA) with the authority to carry out the State’s oversight responsibilities in accordance with the provisions outlined in the compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida. For more information, contact the National Indian Gaming Commission www.nigc.gov or at the United States Department of Interior, 1441 L Street N.W., Suite 9100, Washington, D.C. 20005-3584, 202.632.7003. The Miccosukee Tribe has not been made a part of this compact; therefore, they continue to operate within Federal jurisdiction.

Does Florida have a Racing Commission?

Florida does not have a Racing Commission. The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has assumed all duties and responsibilities normally carried out by a racing commission.

Pari-Mutuel FAQs

What laws govern Florida cardrooms?

Laws relating to pari-mutuel wagering are found in Chapter 550, Florida Statutes.  Rules relating to pari-mutuel wagering are found in 61D, Florida Administrative Code.  Laws relating to gambling and oversight of cardrooms can be found in Chapter 849, Florida Statutes.

Where and when is horse racing conducted in Florida?

Thoroughbred, quarter horse, and harness racing are offered in South Florida (greater Miami) year round.  The Tampa Bay area has thoroughbred racing from December to May.

Cardroom FAQs

What laws govern Florida cardrooms?

Laws relating to pari-mutuel wagering are found in Chapter 550, Florida Statutes.  Rules relating to pari-mutuel wagering are found in 61D, Florida Administrative Code.  Laws relating to gambling and oversight of cardrooms can be found in Chapter 849, Florida Statutes.

Are there any regulations on home poker games?

Please contact local law enforcement agencies in the area in which the gaming activities may occur, to discuss the legality of such gaming. The Florida Statutes allow certain “penny-ante” games.  A penny-ante game is a series of poker, pinochle, bridge, rummy, canasta, hearts, dominoes, or mah-jongg in which the winnings of any player in a single round, hand, or game do not exceed $10 in value.  “Penny-ante” games must be conducted in residential premises, owned or rented by a participant in the penny-ante game. Please see Section 849.085(2)(a), Florida Statutes.

Can I open a cardroom in Florida?

Only existing pari-mutuel facilities and Indian gaming facilities can operate cardrooms in Florida. Section 849.086(7)(a), Florida Statutes, requires that licensed cardrooms under the jurisdiction of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, operate at locations in which a pari-mutuel permit holder conducts pari-mutuel wagering activities pursuant to such permit holder’s valid pari-mutuel permit. (These are at licensed jai alai frontons, greyhound tracks and horse tracks.).

Can I host a poker tournament in my bar/lounge?

The Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering does not have the regulatory authority to offer an opinion on activities that are not regulated by our Division. Please contact local law enforcement agencies in the area in which the gaming activities may occur, so that you may further discuss the legality of such gaming.  You may also contact the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco or the Division of Hotels and Restaurants at 850.487.1395, in regards to their regulatory authority for bars/lounges. The State of Florida has determined that gambling consists of these three elements:  1) consideration (A donation or door fee may be consideration.); 2) a game of chance (the Florida Attorney General has determined that poker is a game of chance); and 3) prizes are awarded to winners (i.e. money, gift cards, bar tabs, trips, etc.). A game or tournament that is operated for the purpose of some or all of the proceeds going to charity does not negate or circumvent the definition of gambling.  Please be advised that a “free” game or tournament, or an event conducted for charity may not negate or circumvent the definition of gambling.

What types of cardroom games are offered in Florida?

Only poker and dominoes are authorized for play within Florida’s licensed cardrooms.  Authorized games are played in a non-banking manner, which means that the house is not a participant in the game and the players compete only against each other.

Where can I find the hours of operation or tournament schedule?

Most licensed cardroom operators specify their hours of operation and tournament schedules via their websites. Please visit the cardroom operators’ website or call the facility in which you have interest.

Can I purchase a tournament seat online?

Certain facilities are authorized to sell reservations for their tournament seats online via a licensed cardroom vendor.  Please visit the facility’s website or call the facility in which you have interest.

How can I find out how much rake the house is taking?

Each cardroom operator is required to post the participation fee (if any) and the rake amounts in a conspicuous place within the cardroom and at each cardroom table. The fee for participation must either be a flat fee or hourly rate, but must not be based on the amount won by players.

How can I find the rules of play for a cardroom game?

The rules of play and wagering requirements for each game offered at a licensed facility are to be provided by the cardroom operators upon request. Procedures for all cardroom games shall be compliant with Section 849.086, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 61D-11, Florida Administrative Code.

How can I get my cardroom game offered in Florida?

The Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering will not accept, nor offer an opinion on, cardroom game proposals from any source other than a licensed cardroom operator in Florida.  The Division recommends that game developers and interested persons contact the licensed cardroom operators.  You may visit the facilities’ websites or call the cardrooms in which you have an interest.

Slots FAQs

What laws govern Florida slot machine gaming?

Laws relating to slot machine wagering are found in Chapter 551, Florida Statutes.  Rules relating to slot machine wagering are found in 61D-14, Florida Administrative Code.

Who can operate a Slot Machine Room in Florida?

Slot machines are only authorized at existing pari-mutuel facilities in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties…

Calder Casino and Race Course

21001 Northwest 27th Avenue Miami, Florida 33056-1499

Dania Jai Alai

301 East Dania Beach Boulevard Dania Beach, FL 33004-3016

Flagler Dog Track and Magic City Casino

401 Northwest 38th Court Miami, Florida 33126-5638

Gulfstream Park

901 South Federal Highway Hallandale Beach, FL 33009-7124

Hialeah Park

2200 East 4th Avenue Hialeah, Florida 33010

The Isle Casino and Racing at Pompano Park

1800 Southwest Third Street Pompano Beach, FL 33069-3106

Miami Jai Alai

3500 Northwest 37th Avenue Miami, Florida 33142-4923

Mardi Gras Racetrack & Gaming Center

831 North Federal Highway Hallandale Beach, FL 33005-2410

Can I operate a game room with machines that pay out in tokens, gift cards, or tickets?

The Florida Attorney General has opined that these “adult arcades” are illegal gambling operations and may be punishable as felonies.

Who regulates video lottery machines?

The use and play of video lottery machines has not been approved by the Florida Legislature.

What are the hours of slot operations within a pari-mutuel facility?

Slot machine gaming areas may operate daily throughout the year. The slot machine gaming areas can be open for a cumulative amount of 18 hours daily Monday through Friday and 24 hours daily Saturday, Sunday and some holidays.

What is the age limit for entering a slot machine gaming area?

A person must be 21 years of age to have access to the designated gaming area of a slot machine facility or to play or operate a slot machine.

Can the facility give complimentary alcoholic beverages to slot machine players?

Complimentary or reduced-cost alcoholic beverages may not be served to patrons playing a slot machine.

Are ATM machines allowed on the gaming floor?

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) are not allowed within the designated slot gaming areas of the facility.

What type of funds can be used for gaming purposes?

By Florida Law, a slot machine licensee may not make any loan, provide credit, or advance cash in order to enable a person to play a slot machine, to include debit/credit cards, wiring, phone betting, and check cashing of personal or third party checks. Cash only wagering allowed [Only cash wagering is allowed].

What is the tax rate for slot machine operations to the State?

The tax rate is 35% on all revenue minus winnings and hand payouts to patrons; and on non-redeemable credits.

Need Help?

Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1035

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.0550

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