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California Sports Betting

California Sports Betting Legalization News

California residents will have the chance to vote on making sports betting legal in the state during a referendum vote in November, 2022.

Editor Note: Polling suggests neither measure will pass in 2022.

On the ballot in November will be two propositions, Prop 26 and Prop 27. Voters will get the chance to vote Yes, or No on both which could open up sport betting in the state.

Under Prop 26 sports betting would be legalized at Federally recognized Native American gaming casinos and racetracks in the state. Prop 26 would also allow Native American casinos to offer roulette and dice games for the first time.

Under Prop 27 online and mobile sports betting would be legalized anywhere in the state. This would allow both Native American tribes and online sports betting companies to legally operate online sports betting websites and apps in the state.

It is possible that both Prop 26 and 27 could be approved by voters. According to state representatives if that were to happen the one that receives the most votes would be declared the winner. Legal experts also think if both Prop 26 and 27 were approved by voters a decision on the matter could end up with the courts.

In years past, California residents had the opportunity to vote on expanded gambling and legal sports betting in a November 2020 referendum.

But there is a lot of progress that must happen before then, as no bills have been introduced since a preliminary one June 27, 2019. Since then, a hearing was conducted in early 2020, but that did not include any of the California tribes or cardroom operators who are expected to argue over sports betting privileges.

Sen. Dodd has indicated that he prefers an online, state-wide form of mobile sports betting in California. Currently, the native tribes control casino gambling and want in on the action.

But political friction between the groups has roadblocked online poker from taking off like it should have in California. Can the parties come together to all benefit from sports betting or will it be more of the same? (Read California legalization updates).

Is sports betting legal in California?

No, sports betting remains illegal in California. This could change in November, 2022 depending on the outcome of the vote on Prop 26 and Prop 27. Prop 26 would make sports betting legal at Native American casinos, while Prop 27 would make online and mobile sports betting legal throughout the state.

Where can I bet at California sportsbooks?

As of September, 2022 there is nowhere in California that offers or allows legal sports betting. Depending on the November vote on Prop 26 and 27 this could change.

What about mobile sports betting apps in California?

There are currently no legal sports betting apps in California. A yes vote on Prop 27 in November, 2022 would legalize online and mobile sports betting throughout the state. Earlier, Sen. Dodd stated he believes this is the best way to open the market fully and properly and to ensure good tax revenue for the state. Stand by for updates on this one, as the rest of the country will be watching to see how California navigates this tricky political landscape.

What is the legal sports betting age in California?

Currently, the bill envisions 21 years old as the age requirement.

Who is allowed to offer California sports betting?

No one is currently allowed to offer sports betting in the state, so fans either drive to Nevada or play with offshore or overseas sportsbooks. If Prop 26 passes Native American casinos will be allowed to offer in-person sports betting. If Prop 27 passes online and mobile sports betting will be legal throughout the state.

Who regulates or licenses California sports betting?

If Prop 27 were to pass it would create the Division of Online Sports Betting Control within the Department of Justice. The division would be given regulatory authority to regulate online sports betting.

A proposal was introduced by Sen. Bill Dodd, called California SCA6 on June 27, 2019. It came months after PASPA was thrown out by the Supreme Court and signaled that California would aggressively pursue a large sports betting market in one of the nation’s most populous states.

What sports will be favorites of California sports bettors?

California is jammed full of professional and college sports teams which will make it a huge market for wagering on alumni schools and favorite teams. There are three NFL teams in the state, even after the Raiders leave Oakland for Las Vegas in 2020.

The LA Rams and LA Chargers represent that city, while the San Francisco 49ers have regained championship pedigree in recent years in the north of the state.

The NBA sees three of its marquee franchises in the state with the LA Lakers, LA Clippers and Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. The Sacramento Kings are also included in the California sports betting landscape for pro hoops.

MLB has the LA Dodgers and LA Angels among five pro baseball franchises. The San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres also serve as great wagering material. Even the NHL has three franchises here with the LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks competing in the NHL’s Pacific Division.

MLS also has three pro soccer franchises: San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC.

On the college site, few states boast as much college football and college basketball betting potential than California. Chief among them are the storied college football franchises in the UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal, all competing in the Pac 12 Conference.

Team Conference
California Baptist Lancers [a] WAC
Cal Poly Mustangs Big West
Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners WAC [c]
Cal State Fullerton Titans Big West
Cal State Northridge Matadors Big West
California Golden Bears Pac-12
Fresno State Bulldogs Mountain West
Long Beach State 49ers Big West
Loyola Marymount Lions West Coast
Pacific Tigers West Coast
Pepperdine Waves West Coast
Sacramento State Hornets Big Sky
Saint Mary’s Gaels West Coast
San Diego Toreros West Coast
San Diego State Aztecs Mountain West
San Francisco Dons West Coast
San Jose State Spartans Mountain West
Santa Clara Broncos West Coast
Stanford Cardinal Pac-12
UC Davis Aggies Big West
UC Irvine Anteaters Big West
UC Riverside Highlanders Big West
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos Big West
UCLA Bruins Pac-12
USC Trojans and Women of Troy Pac-12