Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering
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In Florida, pari-mutuel wagering is authorized for horse racing, harness horse racing, greyhound racing, jai alai games, and cardroom poker games. Additionally, slot machine gaming at pari-mutuel facilities is authorized in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Florida is one of the primary pari-mutuel states in the nation, and is the leading state in greyhound racing, as well as a major horse racing state. Florida is also the only state in the United States where live jai alai games are conducted. Currently there are 39 pari-mutuel licenses operating throughout the State.
The Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering is a program area of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation within the Executive Branch of Florida's government. The division is charged with the regulation of Florida's pari-mutuel, cardroom, and slot gaming industries, as authorized by Chapter 550, 551, and 849, Florida Statutes, as well as collecting and safeguarding associated revenues due to the state. The division is also the State Compliance Agency (SCA) under the provisions of the Gaming Compact Between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida.
Efficient, effective, and fair regulation of authorized gaming at pari-mutuel facilities.
To enhance and increase the utilization of state-of-the-art technological capabilities to better serve the public, simplify and expedite the licensure process, and ensure compliance with the pari-mutuel laws and rules pursuant to Chapters 550, 551, and Section 849.086, Florida Statutes.
Problem Gambling: Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc.
The division has no authority to regulate the following:
- 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.