Sports betting by cellphone is still blocked in Florida while litigation continues

Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Tampa. Statewide sports betting is on hold, pending a court ruling. Credit: Octavio Jones/Getty Images. May 2021

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Athletes are contending in all of the major professional sports leagues, not to mention college football, but if you want to bet on any games in Florida you still have to appear in person at one of the casinos operated here by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

That’s because U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts has blocked remote sports betting in Florida for now, via cellphones or computers.

John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the

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