Hyperlinks to Florida Laws and Statutes on Gaming, Gambling, Pari-Mutuels, Cardroom and Slot Laws

Should you have any questions about Florida law pertaining to gambling, gaming, pari-mutuels, cardrooms or slot machines, contact the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (FHBPA) at www.fhbpa.com
 
 
CHAPTER 849
GAMBLING
849.01

Keeping gambling houses, etc.
849.02

Agents or employees of keeper of gambling house.
849.03

Renting house for gambling purposes.
849.04

Permitting minors and persons under guardianship to gamble.
849.05

Prima facie evidence.
849.07

Permitting gambling on billiard or pool table by holder of license.
849.08

Gambling.
849.085

Certain penny-ante games not crimes; restrictions.
849.086

Cardrooms authorized.
849.09

Lottery prohibited; exceptions.
849.091

Chain letters, pyramid clubs, etc., declared a lottery; prohibited; penalties.
849.0915

Referral selling.
849.092

Motor fuel retail business; certain activities permitted.
849.0931

Bingo authorized; conditions for conduct; permitted uses of proceeds; limitations.
849.0935

Charitable, nonprofit organizations; drawings by chance; required disclosures; unlawful acts and practices; penalties.
849.094

Game promotion in connection with sale of consumer products or services.
849.10

Printing lottery tickets, etc., prohibited.
849.11

Plays at games of chance by lot.
849.12

Money and prizes to be forfeited.
849.13

Punishment on second conviction.
849.14

Unlawful to bet on result of trial or contest of skill, etc.
849.141

Bowling tournaments exempted from chapter.
849.15

Manufacture, sale, possession, etc., of coin-operated devices prohibited.
849.16

Machines or devices which come within provisions of law defined.
849.161

Amusement games or machines; when chapter inapplicable.
849.17

Confiscation of machines by arresting officer.
849.18

Disposition of machines upon conviction.
849.19

Property rights in confiscated machine.
849.20

Machines and devices declared nuisance; place of operation subject to lien for fine.
849.21

Injunction to restrain violation.
849.22

Fees of clerk of circuit court and sheriff.
849.23

Penalty for violations of ss. 849.15-849.22.
849.231

Gambling devices; manufacture, sale, purchase or possession unlawful.
849.232

Property right in gambling devices; confiscation.
849.233

Penalty for violation of s. 849.231.
849.235

Possession of certain gambling devices; defense.
849.25

“Bookmaking” defined; penalties; exceptions.
849.26

Gambling contracts declared void; exception.
849.29

Persons against whom suits may be brought to recover on gambling contracts.
849.30

Plaintiff entitled to writs of attachment, garnishment and replevin.
849.31

Loser’s testimony not to be used against her or him.
849.32

Notice to state attorney; prosecution of suit.
849.33

Judgment and collection of money; execution.
849.34

Loser’s judgment; recovery of property; writ of assistance.
849.35

Definitions.
849.36

Seizure and forfeiture of property used in the violation of lottery and gambling statutes.
849.37

Disposition and appraisal of property seized under this chapter.
849.38

Proceedings for forfeiture; notice of seizure and order to show cause.
849.39

Delivery of property to claimant.
849.40

Proceeding when no claim filed.
849.41

Proceeding when claim filed.
849.42

State attorney to represent state.
849.43

Judgment of forfeiture.
849.44

Disposition of proceeds of forfeiture.
849.45

Fees for services.
849.46

Exercise of police power.
 
CHAPTER 550
PARI-MUTUEL WAGERING
550.001

Short title.
550.002

Definitions.
550.0115

Permitholder license.
550.01215

License application; periods of operation; bond, conversion of permit.
550.0235

Limitation of civil liability.
550.0251

The powers and duties of the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
550.0351

Charity racing days.
550.0425

Minors attendance at pari-mutuel performances; restrictions.
550.054

Application for permit to conduct pari-mutuel wagering.
550.0555

Greyhound dogracing permits; relocation within a county; conditions.
550.0651

Elections for ratification of permits.
550.0745

Conversion of pari-mutuel permit to summer jai alai permit.
550.0951

Payment of daily license fee and taxes; penalties.
550.09511

Jai alai taxes; abandoned interest in a permit for nonpayment of taxes.
550.09512

Harness horse taxes; abandoned interest in a permit for nonpayment of taxes.
550.09514

Greyhound dogracing taxes; purse requirements.
550.09515

Thoroughbred horse taxes; abandoned interest in a permit for nonpayment of taxes.
550.105

Occupational licenses of racetrack employees; fees; denial, suspension, and revocation of license; penalties and fines.
550.1155

Authority of stewards, judges, panel of judges, or player’s manager to impose penalties against occupational licensees; disposition of funds collected.
550.125

Uniform reporting system; bond requirement.
550.135

Division of moneys derived under this law.
550.155

Pari-mutuel pool within track enclosure; takeouts; breaks; penalty for purchasing part of a pari-mutuel pool for or through another in specified circumstances.
550.1625

Dogracing; taxes.
550.1645

Escheat to state of abandoned interest in or contribution to pari-mutuel pools.
550.1646

Credit for unclaimed property remitted to state.
550.1647

Greyhound permitholders; unclaimed tickets; breaks.
550.1648

Greyhound adoptions.
550.175

Petition for election to revoke permit.
550.1815

Certain persons prohibited from holding racing or jai alai permits; suspension and revocation.
550.235

Conniving to prearrange result of race or jai alai game; using medication or drugs on horse or dog; penalty.
550.24055

Use of controlled substances or alcohol prohibited; testing of certain occupational licensees; penalty; evidence of test or action taken and admissibility for criminal prosecution limited.
550.2415

Racing of animals under certain conditions prohibited; penalties; exceptions.
550.255

Penalty for conducting unauthorized race meeting.
550.2614

Distribution of certain funds to a horsemen’s association.
550.26165

Breeders’ awards.
550.2625

Horseracing; minimum purse requirement, Florida breeders’ and owners’ awards.
550.2633

Horseracing; distribution of abandoned interest in or contributions to pari-mutuel pools.
550.26352

Breeders’ Cup Meet; pools authorized; conflicts; taxes; credits; transmission of races; rules; application.
550.2704

Jai Alai Tournament of Champions Meet.
550.285

Obtaining feed or other supplies for racehorses or greyhound racing dogs with intent to defraud.
550.334

Quarter horse racing; substitutions.
550.3345

Conversion of quarter horse permit to a limited thoroughbred permit.
550.3355

Harness track licenses for summer quarter horse racing.
550.3551

Transmission of racing and jai alai information; commingling of pari-mutuel pools.
550.3615

Bookmaking on the grounds of a permitholder; penalties; reinstatement; duties of track employees; penalty; exceptions.
550.375

Operation of certain harness tracks.
550.475

Lease of pari-mutuel facilities by pari-mutuel permitholders.
550.495

Totalisator licensing.
550.505

Nonwagering permits.
550.5251

Florida thoroughbred racing; certain permits; operating days.
550.615

Intertrack wagering.
550.625

Intertrack wagering; purses; breeders’ awards.
550.6305

Intertrack wagering; guest track payments; accounting rules.
550.6308

Limited intertrack wagering license.
550.6315

Applicability of s. 565.02(5) to guest tracks.
550.6325

Uncashed tickets and breakage tax.
550.6335

Surcharge.
550.6345

Intertrack wagering; purses when host track is harness racetrack.
550.70

Jai alai general provisions; chief court judges required; extension of time to construct fronton; amateur jai alai contests permitted under certain conditions; playing days’ limitations; locking of pari-mutuel machines.
550.71

Operation of ch. 96-364.
550.901

Interstate Compact on Licensure of Participants in Pari-mutuel Wagering.
550.902

Purposes.
550.903

Definitions; Interstate Compact on Licensure of Participants in Pari-mutuel Wagering.
550.904

Entry into force.
550.905

States eligible to join compact.
550.906

Withdrawal from compact; impact on force and effect.
550.907

Compact committee.
550.908

Powers and duties of compact committee.
550.909

Voting requirements.
550.910

Administration and management.
550.911

Immunity from liability for performance of official responsibilities and duties.
550.912

Rights and responsibilities of each party state.
550.913

Construction and severability.
 
 
CHAPTER 551
SLOT MACHINES
551.101

Slot machine gaming authorized.
551.102

Definitions.
551.103

Powers and duties of the division and law enforcement.
551.104

License to conduct slot machine gaming.
551.1045

Temporary licenses.
551.105

Slot machine license renewal.
551.106

License fee; tax rate; penalties.
551.107

Slot machine occupational license; findings; application; fee.
551.108

Prohibited relationships.
551.109

Prohibited acts; penalties.
551.111

Legal devices.
551.112

Exclusions of certain persons.
551.113

Persons prohibited from playing slot machines.
551.114

Slot machine gaming areas.
551.116

Days and hours of operation.
551.117

Penalties.
551.118

Compulsive or addictive gambling prevention program.
551.119

Caterer’s license.
551.121

Prohibited activities and devices; exceptions.
551.122

Rulemaking.
551.123

Legislative authority; administration of chapter.

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