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.