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California Sports Betting

California Sports Betting Legalization News

California residents should have 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, but the California Sports Wagering Regulation and Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act will seek to change all that legalize sports betting in California. It will require negotiation (or fighting) between the state, tribal casino leaders and California cardroom operators, who are all trying to maximize their slice of this large betting pie.

Where can I bet at California sportsbooks?

None as of early 2020, but expect it to eventually come to land-based Indian casinos and racetracks. Meanwhile cardrooms will vie for the right to offer the service and state leaders may want a full-fledged online market involving online sportsbooks and DFS sportsbook operators.

What about mobile sports betting apps in California?

There are none, but Sen. Dodd has 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?

It is expected that Indian casinos and race tracks will be able to offer California sports betting. Cardrooms and mobile sportsbook operators will also push for access to the large market. These groups have not cooperated in the past regarding online poker or other forms of gambling.

Who regulates or licenses California 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