How to Get a License to Deal Poker at a Casino in Florida

By Mike Andrew
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Casinos in Florida are regulated by the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering (PMW) of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Each potential employee must meet the prerequisites imposed by PMW before getting a job at any casino. If you want to work as a poker dealer in Florida, you must first acquire the appropriate occupational license from PMW.

Obtain an application for a "cardroom employee occupational license" from PMW. Download the application from the PMW website, or call PMW at 850-487-1395 for a paper application.

Fill out the application in its entirety; PMW will not process an application that is missing any of the required information. You must disclose any convictions for criminal offenses and provide your fingerprints so that PMW can conduct a background investigation through the FBI. You can have your fingerprints processed at any local law enforcement office; fees vary by jurisdiction.

Sign your application, and mail it to PMW at the address listed on the form along with a check made payable to DBPR for the application fee. As of 2010, the fee for a cardroom employee occupational license is $50. You must have your application properly notarized or sign it in the presence of a PMW official.

About the Author

Mike Andrew has written business and legal articles for "850 Magazine" since 2008 and covers college football for several websites. Andrew is a freelance writer, attorney and music producer based in Florida. He received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University.