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Judge denies Seminole Tribe’s stay on gambling expansion – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A federal district choose rejected a stay requested by the Seminole Tribe of Florida late Wednesday after an earlier ruling blocked the tribe’s take care of the state to develop gambling and on-line sports activities betting statewide.

Attorneys for the Seminoles argued the tribe would lose vital income from on-line sports activities betting, saying among the money could be used to fund tribe packages. But U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich rejected the request, saying the tribe hadn’t proven that it could be irreparably harmed if a stay weren’t granted.

However, the Sun Sentinel reported Thursday that the Hard Rock Sportsbook app was nonetheless working and accepting bets. The app started accepting bets Nov. 1.

In a ruling late Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich discovered that the multibillion greenback settlement between the state and tribe permitting on-line betting violated a federal rule that requires an individual to be bodily on tribal land when wagering. The lawsuit, filed by non-Indian on line casino house owners in Florida, challenged the approval of the settlement by the U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees tribal gambling operations.

The state and tribe had argued that as a result of the computer servers processing the bets could be on tribal lands, bettors might wager from their cellphone or kiosks at race tracks and non-Indian casinos anyplace within the state and meet the federal commonplace.

But Judge Friedrich known as that “fiction” in her earlier ruling.

The settlement made Florida— for a time — the most recent state to legalize sports activities gambling since a 2018 Supreme Court ruling. It lifted a federal ban on such wagering exterior Nevada and some different states. Today, about half the states and the District of Columbia have legalized betting on sports activities in some kind.

The choose, who was appointed to the District of Columbia Circuit Court in 2017 by former President Donald Trump, additionally famous {that a} 2018 state constitutional modification handed overwhelmingly by voters requires any expansion of gambling exterior of tribal lands be permitted by voters.

The choose’s resolution additionally blocks the tribe from including roulette and craps to its Florida casinos — which can have allowed non-Indian casinos to do the identical.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had labored out the compact with the tribe earlier this year and the GOP-controlled legislature permitted it quickly after, with the state probably receiving $20 billion over the following 30 years.

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