Sun. Jun 20th, 2021

For now, it’s a happy day at Hard Rock. 

The full Florida Legislature Wednesday approved legal sports betting in a gambling deal with the state’s Seminole Tribe — which owns the Hard Rock hotel and casino brand — that promises a $2.5 billion cut over 30 years to state coffers.

If it stands, it’s the biggest gambling expansion in Sunshine State history.

The deal, known as a gaming compact, still must be OK’d by federal regulators in the U.S. Department of Interior to ensure it comports with Indian gambling law. And it may face lawsuits by any number of groups opposed to more gambling in the state.

Among the potential hurdles is whether sports betting should be put before voters under terms of a constitutional amendment, known as Amendment 3, approved by 71% of Florida voters in 2018.