Playing blackjack in Florida isn’t as simple as you’d think for a state with more than 400 casinos, racinos (race track/casino), and card rooms. Live dealer blackjack is limited to casinos operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. However, you might find an electronic version of blackjack at the other venues.
Even though there has been gambling in Florida for many years, blackjack is still relatively new to the state. In late 2010, then Governor Charlie Crist, signed a deal with the Seminole Tribe to allow live dealer blackjack and other table games at their tribal casinos.
Since the deal was first signed there have been attempts to expand the pact beyond the Seminole casinos. None of those bills have passed and you’ll only find live blackjack at just a few casinos in Florida. This limitation isn’t a stance against gambling as you can bet on horses, dogs, slot machines, and jai alai at over 400 venues in the state.
The blackjack games here vary, but you can typically expect to find games that use 6 and 8 deck shoes, with an average house edge. The bet sizes here are probably the highest of anywhere in the state, as these venues cater for the high-rollers who come from miles around, but a lot of their trade also comes from tourism so the minimum bets are also fairly small, albeit not the smallest you will find in Florida.