California Tribes Come Together for Sports Betting Legalization

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Sports Betting Legalization in California may not be far away now. In a major boost to the effort of legalization, influential Native American Tribes have offered support to the operators of the horseracing of the state. A total of 18 Tribes came together on Wednesday to form a coalition and filed papers for 2020 ballot imitative. It says that the constitution of the state should be amended to permit the use of the land-based sports betting at the tribal casinos and also at the horse racetracks of the state.

The tribes that have come together include Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and Morongo Band of Mission Indians among others. The proposal says as per the California Sports Wagering Regulation and Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act anyone who is above 21 years of age is allowed to bet. The tax betting revenue has been kept at 10%. However, the proposal also says that the betting would not be allowed where the California college team is participating. The tribe casinos would also be able to extend the offerings to craps and roulette. This would extend them from the cards and slots they are presently offering.

California is already working on the Sports Betting legislative Vehicle. However, the role of licensed cardrooms in that may cause some misalignment. The tribes have fought against the cardrooms for infringement of it in the tribe’s monopoly. This is majorly due to the house-banked card games. Tribes have repeatedly stopped the online poker legalization, but it is believed that the cardrooms also have back in the state legislature. It is understood that California is up for a huge debate in the coming times over this.

The difference is out in the air already and the California Gaming Association has already put forward their comments. It represents the Cardrooms and said that it generates 32k jobs every year and generates $500m of annual revenue that gives $5.6b of economic impact. The comments are seen as a response to the efforts of the tribe’s effort to swing the legislation towards them.

The Tribes are however taking it in a different way. California has a low threshold of votes, to be precise just 8%. So, the Tribes require 1m signatures for taking the measures to the ballots. It appears that the issue would be there on the November 2020 sheet in California.
Mark Macarro, Pechanga Chairman termed the coalition of the tribes as a proud moment. He also said that it is an important step for the Californian people to participate in the new activity freely and responsibly. Yocha Dehe Wintun National chairman Anthony Roberts termed it as a measured and viable path for gambling expansion.

However, the lack of gambling expansion hasn’t deterred commercial gaming operators in making deals with the tribes. It is expected that the tribes would slowly come with the new features of online or mobile betting as well.


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