Florida Supreme Court denies request to take Hard Rock Bet offline

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The Florida Supreme Court will not intervene and force Hard Rock Bet offline in the state while the court hears a case around the fate of online betting in the state.

Roughly two weeks ago, West Flagler and Associates petitioned the court to shut down the recently relaunched Hard Rock Bet until the case could be settled by the state’s highest court. The move came after SCOTUS granted an emergency injunction but declined to extend it for the duration of the case.

West Flagler had argued the relaunch of Hard Rock Bet in Florida earlier this month would cause irreparable harm to both the plaintiff and the state. The court apparently did not agree with West Flagler’s concerns and denied the request on Friday.

“The Seminole Tribe of Florida is pleased with this unanimous decision by the Justices of the Florida Supreme Court,” the Seminole Tribe of Florida said in a statement.

The clock continues to tick in the Florida Supreme Court case, as Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state of Florida have until Dec.1 to file a response in the case.

On the federal level, West Flagler had previously represented that they would file a writ of certiorari for SCOTUS to hear the case at some point in November.

In the meantime, Florida sports betting is drawing plenty of attention and generating plenty of substantial bets, including one that proved quite costly for Hard Rock Bet. One bettor wagered $500,000 on a four-leg parlay around last week’s game between the Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals that paid out $6 million.