Super Bowl Office Betting: Good Clean Fun or Borrowing Trouble? %u2013 Lex Mater. Have you ever participated in a Super Bowl betting pool that required an entrance fee? If so, under the law of many States, you have committed a crime. In Florida, it would be a second degree misdemeanor. Of course, even non-criminal traffic offenses show up on searches at times as criminal offenses. I was once cited because Jacquelyn's dog got out, and I took the rap. Paid a fine, and now I have a "criminal" record. Oh well. But, office gambling? You might be surprised at the broad definition of gambling in the statutes of most States. In Florida, there are big money gambling operations permitted by law for Jai Alai, Indian reservations, etc. But, unless you are in a private residence and the pool is less than ten dollars, or playing for a recognized 501 (c) (3) Charity, better hope that a disgruntled employee doesn't snitch. I know. The authorities have bigger fish to fry. It is only in fun, right? I am embarrassed to admit that this great article was written by the wife of a Cowboys fan. Hail to the Redskins.