Legal Florida gambling could be less likely after voters chose to give themselves rather than politicians the power to progress expansion in the state.
Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana each held plebiscites on gambling issues on Tuesday, as the public participated in the midterm elections.
In Florida, the Disney-backed Amendment 3, which states that citizens will retain exclusive rights to authorise and potentially expand casino gambling in the state, received about 70% of the vote.
Voters in Charge, backed by the entertainment and theme park giant as well as the Seminole Tribe, which is the state’s leading gaming operator, spent around $31m on the campaign to prevent politicians from expanding gambling. Those against Amendment 3 included DraftKings, FanDuel, racing operators and the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
It is believed the difficulties in getting gambling expansion onto the ballot and then persuading more than 60% of voters to back it makes any development unlikely in the near future. You can read more on Florida gambling at iGaming Business.
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