About the Author

Rebecca Hanchett

Rebecca Hanchett is a political writer based in Kentucky's Bluegrass region who covers legislative developments for CA Casinos. She worked as a public affairs specialist for 23 years at the Kentucky State Capitol. A University of Kentucky grad, she has been known to watch UK basketball from time to time.

If Prop 26 Passes, Racetracks Could Launch Sportsbooks Before Tribes

October 28, 2022 | By: Rebecca Hanchett

When Arizona passed its sports betting law in 2021, stadium and online sportsbooks had to wait for federal approval of sports betting at Indian casinos before they could launch.  Things would operate a little bit differently with sports betting in California under Prop 26 should the in-person-only sports betting initiative beat the odds and pass […]

Legal Expert: Prop 26 Card Room Lawsuit Provision May Kill Its Chances

October 24, 2022 | By: Rebecca Hanchett

California tribes behind Prop 26 have spent millions to keep big-name sportsbooks from beating them to a potential California sports betting launch. But it is an entirely different opponent that could cost tribes the race.  That opponent? A contingent of 84 licensed card rooms that make money off poker and other card games across California.  […]

Why Is Prop 26 Polling Better Than Prop 27? Legal Expert Explains

October 17, 2022 | By: Rebecca Hanchett

California is home to more Native Americans than any other state, with nearly 100 separate tribal reservations. But for such a big place with so many tribes, California actually has very little tribal land. Tribes own only about 7% of California land. That’s much less than much smaller Oklahoma, where nearly 43% of the land […]

Beyond Legalize Sports Betting, What Else Would California Prop 26 Do?

September 15, 2022 | By: Rebecca Hanchett

Sports betting is the face of two California ballot initiatives this fall. But there is more to the ballot measures than sports odds and prop bets. High-end casino games and high-dollar private lawsuits are also in the mix.  Prop 26, specifically, has enough sweeteners to give the 60-plus tribes and tribal organizations behind the initiative […]

Why California Card Rooms Oppose Prop 26 in CA Sports Betting Battle

September 1, 2022 | By: Rebecca Hanchett

California card rooms compete with tribal casinos for customers and for profit. So card room operators were quick to respond last year when a group of tribes succeeded in getting a California sports betting initiative — now known as Prop 26 — on the 2022 general election ballot. Soon, card rooms were backing a rival […]