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Horse Racing Is the Only Sport You Can Legally Bet on in Florida

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Frequently, discussions arise about gambling regulations in Florida. The short answer is that horse racing in 2022 is the only sports discipline you are legally allowed to place a bet on in the state – other forms of sports betting are deemed illegal by the local government laws. However, the matter can be slightly more complicated than that, which we’re sometimes about to tackle head-on in today’s post. 

For starters, know that the state’s involvement with the discipline stretches way back to the last century – the 1920s and 1930s, specifically. In this period of time, parimutuel betting became a thing, which is a legalized way for bettors to place a bet against one another. Its origins can be traced back to Europe.

At the time, no one was the wiser, but it was none other than pari-mutuel betting that laid the cornerstone for legalized horse racing betting in Florida as we know it today. It’s the same system that allows it to be legal in the first place. The reason is that the bookies make their money by taking a cut of the joint pool of bets rather than betting against the player, which makes them legal.

Due to this, you will find more than a fair share of racetracks all around the state with booths that accept wagers. But what about online betting? Many ask this question because, throughout the states, there are situations where you are allowed to bet offline at designated locations but not online. There are no such restrictions in Florida, so you can freely bet on horse racing online as well.

However, horse racing tracks you will find in Florida do not have their own dedicated online racebooks. Instead, you will find that placing a bet is only possible through betting apps in Florida, such as TVG and AmWager. These two companies have a partnership with horse racing tracks, allowing them to bring the joy of betting on horse racing to anyone who has access to a computer or smart device.

About TVG

In short, TVG is an established sports betting brand in the US, and much of its reputation is due to providing easy access to horse betting. It’s known for its lucrative promotions, a wide range of built-in betting tools, live streaming, and plenty of markets to choose from. This includes betting on significant events, both US as those held in the rest of the world:

  • Belmont Stakes
  • The Kentucky Derby
  • Dubai World Cup
  • Prix de l’Arc
  • The Triple Crown
  • Preakness Stakes
  • The Melbourne Cup
  • The Breeder’s Cup
  • And others

At the time of writing, TVG is accessible in several states throughout the US:

  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • South Dakota
  • Virginia
  • New Jersey
  • Washington
  • Delaware
  • Arizona
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • Maryland
  • Hampshire
  • Idaho
  • New Mexico
  • and several others

About AmWager

AmWager is another popular way to bet on horse racing in Florida that features healthy promos, live streaming, and wide event coverage – this includes the lesser-known local horse races in the US.

It’s available in the following states:

  • Oregon
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Delaware
  • New Mexico
  • Florida
  • Oklahoma
  • Louisiana
  • New Hampshire
  • Kentucky
  • Wyoming
  • Tennessee
  • and more

There are numerous reasons why someone may decide to place a bet online, and the common denominator is convenience. This is especially true if you’re not located near one of the racetracks in Florida, and commuting there would eat up a sizable chunk of your day.

At any rate, whether you’re betting online or the traditional way, horse racing is one of these disciplines where fairness is a high priority, and you’ll never have to worry about the games being rigged, as some may be concerned with when considering other types of games and formats. The reason is that legalization has effectively taken all the incentives away to engage

in any unfair practices. There’s too much oversight, and the penalties can be pretty severe, which is good news for the bettor.

With this in mind and so many available options, you can confidently place a bet wherever and whenever you feel most comfortable.

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