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Sports Betting

Puig awaits trial as probe of Nix gambling ring expands.

California Gambling Ring Probe Expands As Yasiel Puig Awaits Trial

August 18, 2023
Investigation of the gambling ring involving former minor league pitcher Wayne Nix expands as former Dodger Yasiel Puig awaits trial.
Betr Picks has launched in California, a DFS prop bet platform that uses real money.

Betr Launches DFS Prop Bet Platform In California

August 7, 2023
Betr Picks has launched in California. Operators contend the real-money DFS prop bet platform is legal because of its entry fee system.
Golden Gate Fields set to close in December

Would Golden Gate Fields Have Been Saved By In-Person Sports Betting?

July 17, 2023
Prop 26 would have legalized California sports betting at racetracks. Had it passed, Golden Gate Fields could have built a sportsbook.
Fliff is being sued for $5 million over alleged illegal gambling practices

Man Sues CA Social Sportsbook Fliff For $5 Million

June 28, 2023
A man in California has sued online sweepstakes company Fliff, alleging illegal gambling practices and seeking $5 million.
Previewing the 2023 Kentucky Derby

California Horse Racing Fans Get Set For 2023 Kentucky Derby

May 3, 2023
Saturday's Kentucky Derby is the 149th renewal of the race, and 20 3-year-olds are set to go 1 1/4 miles in front of more than 100,000 people.
Tribes could try again to get CA voters to allow only in-person sports betting

Could A Retail California Sports Betting Initiative Make The 2024 Ballot?

April 5, 2023
California tribal leaders could put a proposal on the 2024 ballot to allow sports betting only at tribal casinos in the state.

Casinos and Poker

Lawsuit claims that online gaming platform Roblox facilitates illegal gambling.

Lawsuit Claims Online Gaming Platform Roblox Facilitates Illegal Gambling

September 1, 2023
Two mothers in California have filed a lawsuit against online gaming platform Roblox, claiming the company facilitates illegal gambling.
Casino anniversary represents more for Wilton Rancheria tribe.

Sky River Casino Anniversary More Than A Milestone For Wilton Rancheria Tribe

August 24, 2023
The first anniversary of Sky River Casino in Elk Grove represents Wilton Rancheria tribe's efforts to become self-sustainable.
A Primer On CA Casino Winnings And Taxes

Enjoy Your CA Gambling Winnings, But Don’t Forget About Taxes

August 2, 2023
Here’s a primer on the basics of reporting your California casino winnings so you don’t get blindsided when the tax man cometh.
Graton Casino is the latest in California to offer a cashless option on slot play.

Graton Casino Offers Cashless Option, Continuing A Statewide Trend

July 24, 2023
Graton Resort and Casino is the latest California casino to offer a cashless option for customers playing slot machines.
CA cardrooms and tribal casinos battle over SB 549

Tribal Casinos Back Bill That Would Allow Them To Sue California Cardrooms

July 14, 2023
California cardrooms and the state’s tribal-owned casinos are sworn legal enemies in a battle over house-banked games.
CA casino resorts highlight AAA Four Diamond list

Pechanga Casino Headlines AAA Four Diamond Tribal-Owned Casino Resorts List

July 3, 2023
Many of the largest tribal-owned casino resorts in California offer a lot more than slot machines and table games. They are full-fledged award-winning vacation destinations. Case in point: This month, Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula earned a prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating for the 22nd year. It is the longest-running Four Diamond award-winning casino resort […]

Sports Originals

How San Diego changed the Super Bowl experience 35 years ago, from

How San Diego Changed the Super Bowl Experience 35 Years Ago

February 8, 2023
Visitors to San Diego enjoy the downtown and Gaslamp Quarter. Both amenities make the downtown area a joy for locals and tourists. San Diego also frequently tops list of best places to live or vacation in the US. But here’s a little-known fact: Many of the great attractions in San Diego wouldn’t exist if it […]
Ranking the 9 Super Bowl-winning California NFL teams

Ranking the 9 Super Bowl-Winning California NFL Teams

November 22, 2022
The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas, a state that takes pride in being bigger and better. But when it comes to Super Bowl champions, California is supreme. Nine California-based teams have won the Super Bowl, the most for any state. The Super Bowl has a tight bond with the Golden State: The […]
Ranking the 14 California MLB World Series-winning teams

Ranking the 14 World Series-Winning California MLB Teams

November 21, 2022
Some day when “The Big One” tears California from North America and sends it hurtling into the Pacific Ocean, all that may be left of “The Left Coast” could be a few letters from a famous sign (“HO WOO” everybody!), buoyant surfboards, and a few shiny World Series trophies. Good riddance, high rent districts in […]

Featured Analysis

Final CA 2022 election results are in, so how did counties vote for Prop 26, Prop 27?

Final CA 2022 Election Results: These Counties Hated Prop 26, Prop 27 Most

December 19, 2022
California certified its 2022 election results last Friday. So, we’ve known for a long time that the two California sports betting measures, Prop 26 and Prop 27, lost in landslides. Now, we can detail exactly how miserably they lost, and break it down by county. Ready? Let’s dive into the epic election failures of Prop […]
Here's what a sports betting compromise between California tribes and sportsbooks could look like in 2024

Dissecting the Ways CA Tribes, Sportsbooks Could Compromise in 2024

November 15, 2022
A legislative compromise could be the next incarnation of California’s attempt to legalize sports betting. That does not mean that the gambling tribes and private sportsbook companies will harmoniously come together. Instead, a California legislator — or a group of them — could act as go-betweens to forge a compromise initiative that both groups can […]
Prop 26 spokesperson doubts tribes would back a legislative California sports betting prop in 2024

Expert Doubts CA Tribes Would Back Legislative Sports Betting Prop in 2024

November 14, 2022
The dust is still settling on Tuesday’s $450 million ballot race for sports betting in California. Prop 26 and Prop 27 both lost in landslides. And tribes behind the Prop 26 in-person sports betting measure are generally OK with it.  Tribes see their loss as a win.  “Tribes made clear that defeating Prop 27 was […]