California Sports Betting
Recent news and details about sports betting in CA
California is an exercise in frustration. Legal sports betting simply cannot get going in the Golden State. Most recently, a proposed ballot initiative failed to gain enough signatures to make it onto the ballot.
Past efforts for sports betting legalization have stalled without ever making it out of the legislative process. Time is also running exceedingly short for the measure to pass through the needed committees and be the subject of a full vote.
Moreover, the state’s powerful tribes — which generate approximately $8 billion annually – would potentially be in opposition to the legalization of sports betting as a form of gaming expansion within the state. Notably, various pieces of online poker legislation have experienced an abundance of opposition from the tribes over the last decade in California for similar reasons.
What still needs to happen?
To be quite frank, a ballot initiative must receive signatures from 5% of the electorate to qualify. So, for California, there must be roughly 623,000 signatures – a number that would require a significant amount of time and money. Without widespread support, particularly from tribal interests, there’s no hope of getting to that number.
Projected California sports betting launch date
January 2021 at the very earliest. There is no real indication that any type of success in California is imminent.
Which California sports teams will I be able to bet on?
Should the state pass legal sports betting legislation, betting on the following teams, in addition to the major colleges, will likely be permitted:
- Los Angeles Angels (MLB)
- Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
- Oakland A’s (MLB)
- San Diego Padres (MLB)
- San Francisco Giants (MLB)
- Los Angeles Chargers (NFL)
- Los Angeles Rams (NFL)
- Oakland Raiders (NFL)
- San Francisco 49ers (NFL)
- Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
- Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)
- Golden State Warriors (NBA)
- Sacramento Kings (NBA)
- Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
- Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
- San Jose Sharks (NHL)
CA Sports Betting FAQ
Is sports betting legal in California?
No. There is no law that supports sports betting in California.
Is a sports betting bill moving through the CA legislature?
Not at this time. A proposed ballot initiative just failed to garner enough signatures to make the 2020 ballot. There are no other proposals on the table right now.
Why is there a sports betting delay in California?
In short, a large state means that there are many stakeholders who have or want to have a say in the matter. Between California’s tribal interests, cardrooms, and horsetracks, there are often disagreements and squabbles about whether to introduce new forms of gambling in the state.
When will sports betting be legal in California?
Hard to say. It seems unlikely that any sports betting would show up before 2021. However, given how explosively sports betting has expanded in the past year, anything is possible.
Is any gambling legal in California?
Yes. There are tribal casinos that offer Las Vegas-style gambling of almost every type. There are also many cardrooms around the state that spread poker and other similar games. California is also home to quite a few horsetracks. Additionally, California residents can take part in both state and national lottery drawings.
What is the legal gambling age in California?
Technically, the legal gambling age in California is 18. However, many gambling establishments also serve alcohol. So, in order to satisfy those restrictions, most gambling facilities are necessarily 21 and up.
Are sportsbooks like myBookie and Bovada legal in California?
No. Be very cautious with these sports betting sites. They are offshore interests and cannot offer the same level of protection and security that legal interests can. In the event of any kind of shutdown or dispute, you might find yourself without much recourse to address your concerns.
Can I bet with my friends legally in California?
Yes. California allows residents and visitors to engage in social gambling.