Is It Legal to Bet on The Super Bowl Online From Florida?

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While only one U.S. state (Washington State) strictly prohibits residents from placing wagers via the Internet, there is still a myriad of information one should be aware of prior to placing a Super Bowl bet from within the state of Florida.  Scroll Down For More


Even growing up, prior to our adult years, it was common to place small bets on the Super Bowl winner amongst friends.  The idea that law enforcement would swoop in and round up a bunch of High Schoolers seemed as much unfathomable then as it is today.  Bets will be placed amongst friends at parties, amongst co-workers, and - yes - even in High Schools and Colleges across America.  Online gambling sites at least have protective mechanisms in place to prevent those under the age of 18 from opening an online wagering account.

When betting online from the Sunshine State, it is important to do so with sites such as those endorsed by Gambling911.com and other well established media outlets that have covered the industry for years (SportsBookReview also comes to mind).  The majority of these websites have been in business for over a decade.  Each operates from outside the United States in jurisdictions where sports betting and other forms of Web gambling are legal (i.e. Costa Rica, Antigua and Malta).  You will never be asked to provide your full social security number to any of these websites and, while these companies are not obligated to report tax information to your state or federal government, Gambling911.com strongly encourages you to do so.

It should be noted that some credit card-issuing banks prohibit gambling so do not be scared if your credit card happens to be declined when attempting to open an online wagering account (it does not mean you were late paying or that your card has been compromised).  Most online gambling websites offer live chat online or via the phone to guide you through the process.  Today, the use of cryptocurrency wallets (i.e. Bitcoin) linked to your personal bank account has made placing a deposit and requesting a withdrawal nearly seamless.  Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are easily converted into U.S. dollars for the same amount you are trying to send and receive with only a small fluctuation in price either way possible (similar to the currency exchange rate you experience when traveling overseas).  Again, most Web gambling firms have invested heavily in hiring professionals who can guide you through the process.

The state of Florida makes Aggravated Gambling a misdemeanor.  These laws pertain to professional gambling syndicates.  Should you opt to participate in an organized criminal gambling scheme, the last thing you need to be worrying about is the gambling element.  Most of these rings engage in money laundering and racketeering, sometimes even fraud, all of which are felonies. 

When it comes to bookmaking in the state of Florida, the use of Pay Per Head businesses has helped reduce much of the exposures that have gotten bookies in trouble in the past.  These include the use of wire rooms, betting receipts and the actual acceptance of wagers.  Today, everything is handled via outsourcing.  The world's second oldest professional now primarily entails marketing, a little bit of customer service and ensuring all clients are paid in a timely matter.  They are essentially super affiliates, capable of making signficant more money than in the past thanks to the ability to offer such features as LIVE IN-PLAY WAGERING and a live dealer online casino.  Cryptocurrencies remove that last remaining exposure - overseeing payments - as bookies and agents no longer have to physically pay their customers from within the state of Florida. 

- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

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