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Chris Gerlacher

Writer and Contributor
Christopher Gerlacher is a Senior Contributor with California Casinos. He is a versatile and experienced writer with an impressive portfolio who has range from political and legislative pieces to sports and sports betting. He's a devout Broncos fan, for better or for worse, living in the foothills of Arvada, Colorado.Despite growing up in Dallas, his favorite teams are the Broncos and the Rockies. Although most of his adopted teams have been struggling, the Avs have been a bright spot in Colorado’s sports scene.

About Chris Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher got his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder with dual emphases in entrepreneurship and human resources. He applied his love for writing with his education in entrepreneurship to launch his writing career. Currently, he writes for Gaming Today, Toronto Sports Media, and a family of other sports betting sites. He enjoys focusing on startups and new ideas that are trying to gain traction within the gambling industry. Recently, he has begun a series of political articles for bettors interested in betting on election outcomes on PredictIt. These articles apply political theory and history to give readers the tools to improve their betting systems and predictions on PredictIt.

Outside the gambling industry, he has been published in The Daily Camera and Free Inquiry. His first op-ed in the Daily Camera criticized CU Boulder for the high rates of sexual violence on campus reported in its 2015 sexual misconduct survey. Shortly before graduation, he wrote a follow up op-ed criticizing the lack of action on the survey’s findings. His work in Free Inquiry grapples with issues of moral, philosophical, and spiritual complexity.

Despite growing up in Dallas, his favorite teams are the Broncos and the Rockies. Although, his most of his adopted teams have been struggling, the Avs have been a bright spot in Colorado’s sports scene.

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California Lawmaker Proposes Bill Banning New Poker Rooms Until 2043

February 1, 2023 | By: Chris Gerlacher

On Jan. 30, California Assemblymember James Ramos introduced a bill that would place a ban on new gambling licenses until Jan. 1, 2043. The bill, AG 341, is meant to prevent more California card room casinos, or poker rooms, from opening. Ramos’ bill is a direct response to the previous card room moratorium ending Jan. […]

California Officially Lists 66 Indian Casinos. There’s Actually 70.

January 5, 2023 | By: Chris Gerlacher

Things can be a little confusing when it comes to how many Indian casinos are in California. As of September 2022, the California Gambling Control Commission listed 67 casinos in California. However, one of those listed casinos — Sho-Ka-Wah Casino — is permanently closed. So, the most accurate tally is 66. But that’s only counting […]

Dissecting the Ways CA Tribes, Sportsbooks Could Compromise in 2024

November 15, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

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 […]

How Much Money Did California Lose By Not Passing Prop 26 and Prop 27?

November 9, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

With Prop 26 and Prop 27 failing in the 2022 election, California will miss out on up to $500 million in new tax revenue. Both California sports betting initiatives had been polling poorly leading up to the midterm elections. Neither were expected to pass. The main arguments in favor of sports betting legalization were that […]

California Sports Betting Voter Guide: Prop 26 vs. Prop 27

November 3, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher
The Nov. 8 California election is fast approaching, and the outlook is grim for both Prop 26 and Prop 27. The two ballot measures that would create legal sports betting in California are both polling well below where you’d hope to have a fighting shot of getting passed around one week until the election. But [...]

The Legislative Solution to California’s Sports Betting Stalemate

November 1, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

Recent polls have shown shrinking support for the two California sports betting initiatives. A Public Policy Institute of California poll released in October 2022 found that 36% of likely voters would vote for Prop 26. Only 26% would vote for Prop 27. And those aren’t the only numbers forecasting failure for Prop 26 and Prop […]

10 Sportsbooks Eligible for CA Sports Betting Licenses Under Prop 27

October 27, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

So … Prop 27 needs a miracle to pass in California. This week, a Public Policy Institute of California poll showed both CA sports betting ballot initiatives have poor chances of passing. Of the survey’s 1,111 likely California voter respondents, only 34% planned to vote yes on Prop 26 (in-person sports betting) and just 26% […]

Would Tribal-Owned Online Sportsbooks Be Viable in California?

October 11, 2022 | By: Chris Gerlacher

In states that have legalized online sports betting, local casinos will launch their own online sportsbooks. However, these homegrown sportsbooks are often overlooked in their markets. Big brands like DraftKings and FanDuel capture the most market share in the states where they’re legal.  The Sports Betting Business Journal reports that 97% of sports betting handle […]