By Jan Bergemann

Published May 10, 2019


Let’s be honest: We all love to gamble – one way or another. But beware of the laws regulating gambling in Florida. Remember: Florida has gambling laws – actually quite a few!


We know that real – Vegas-style – casinos are not allowed. We need to go to neighboring states to waste our money. When I lived in California I always wondered why CA doesn’t allow casinos, considering that the state is always broke. When playing in a casino in Nevada, you could nearly be sure that the person – or minimum a wide majority of the people -- sitting next to you was from California. With other words: Californians went to Nevada, spending their money in the neighboring state. Nevada makes so much money through gambling that they don’t even charge seniors property tax! Imagine that?


Gambling can be – like about everything else – addictive – and this claim is being used by opponents of casinos to fight bills that would have allowed casinos to open in our State. But our legislature allowed Lotto, in my opinion much more addictive – and often being played by folks who can least afford it.


But getting back to gambling in our association: Card games etc. are allowed, if the “winnings of any player in a single round, hand, or game does not exceed $10 in value”.


With other words: If you feel the need to gamble at home or in your clubhouse, keep the stakes of the game low in order not to violate the laws.


Or would you like the local Sheriff to bust into your clubhouse with a SWAT-team because you are running a high-stakes poker-game and one sore loser ratted you out?

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Jan Bergemann Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!


CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.


The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website:

Educational Website:

We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !

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