Sports betting in Florida goes live with Hard Rock Sportsbook app

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Posted at 2:42 PM, Nov 01, 2021
and last updated 2023-11-07 23:13:48-05

Online sports betting is now available in Florida but to limited users.

The Hard Rock Sportsbook app is up and running, allowing users to legally place bets on sporting events in the state.

Through the app, bettors can wager on game lines, spreads, futures, player props and more.

"The Seminole Tribe is offering limited access to existing Florida customers to test its Hard Rock Bet program," said Gary Bitner, a spokesperson for the tribe.

Collin Sherwin is a college sports editor for DraftKings Network.

He downloaded the Hard Rock Bet app nearly two years ago when it launched in 2021. Less than a month later, the app shut down after legal challenges.

This week, he was able to place bets once again.

"I was able to log on, click a few buttons and my stuff was there. I had taken all my money out previously and I haven't made any active bets, yet," said Sherwin.

Those who have bet previously with Hard Rock in Florida, including qualifying Unity by Hard Rock loyalty members, can now bet.

People who did not sign up previously two years ago may join a waitlist.

There are three lawsuits challenging the state’s gaming contract with the Seminole tribe when it comes to controlling mobile betting. However, they did not stop the Hard Rock from launching their app.

The Hard Rock is currently running a promotion where you receive a risk-free bet of up to $100 with your first deposit.

For more information or to download the app, click here.