- California voters will be able to bring legal sports betting to their state in 2022 after a new bill qualified for ballot.
- The bill would expand gambling at tribal casinos while allowing for legal sports betting venues to open and operate.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California sports bettors have hope on the horizon as a new sports betting bill is now qualified for vote in 2022.
It will be then that voters can have their voices heard on whether or not to expand gambling options at tribal casinos and racetracks to include sports betting.
The movement needed over 1 million signatures to qualify and beat that number by just 60,000 at this week’s deadline to qualify for the ballot according to the CA secretary of state.
Despite the possibility of a recall election in November, everything is set for the bill to bet on the ballot next year.
The initiative would allow federally recognized tribes in California to open California sportsbooks as well as offer roulette, dice games, and more at their locations.
The change also would allow licensed horse-racing tracks to open regulated sportsbooks at their venues. The ballot would also allow these sportsbooks to offer betting on professional and collegiate events.
At the moment, there is no inclusion for online sports betting, limiting wagers to just physical locations.
The state would implement a 10% tax on all sportsbook winnings made at these locations.
That money would then be distributed amongst the California Department of Health for problem gambling research and prevention, the Bureau of Gambling Control and the CA state General Fund.
With California being such a rich sports state, there is tons of value waiting to be had at these locations.
Fans of teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Rams, USC Trojans, and so many more would be able to place bets on their teams from a number of venues throughout the state.
This seems like an inevitable conclusion that California opens their own sports betting industry, following in the footpaths of many other states in 2021.
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