When you think of Orlando your first thoughts might be Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando or one of the many other theme parks sprinkled across the city. But if you’re a big time sports fan your first thought probably drifts towards the Orlando Magic of the NBA or possibly even Orlando City FC of the MLS.
Orlando isn’t quite the hot bed for professional sports that Miami and Tampa Bay are, but there is still plenty of interest in sports across the city with plenty of sports bettors residing in Orlando.
On this page I’ll outline the legality of betting on sports out of Orlando, point you in the direction of a couple of my favorite betting sites for Florida residents and also touch on some of the live sports you can wager on in Orlando.
Is Sports Betting Legal in Orlando?
It is legal to place bets online at offshore sportsbooks while residing in Orlando, Florida. What is not legal is running a sportsbook in the city, or in the entire State for that matter because Florida does not regulate sports betting within the State.
The betting sites that do accept American residents, like the two I’ll outline below, are licensed and regulated outside of the United States, which allows them to accept American residents at their sites.
Best Betting Sites for Orlando Residents
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These are our two recommended betting sites for Orlando residents looking to bet on sports online. Both sites accept players from across the country and are very popular within the United States. Bovada.lv actually only accepts American residents because this allows them to fully cater to the laws of the USA and also fully cater the sportsbook to their American audience.
Offline Sports Betting in Orlando
Unfortunately there are no offline establishments that accept sports bets in Orlando. You would have to travel to Nevada in order to find casinos that are allowed to run sportsbooks in the USA. If you do come across a bookie located in Orlando you can be confident that they are running their sportsbook illegally.
If you really have the itch for live betting in Orlando then I would suggest the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club where you can place bets on greyhound races.
Major Sports Teams in Orlando
- Orlando City FC (MLS)
- Orlando Magic (NBA)