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May 21st, 2022 at 2:51:32 PM permalink
Despite the fact that there are no propositions on the June 2022 ballot in California involving legalizing online gambling, the commercials have already started.

There are three main proposed propositions trying to get on the November 2022 ballot; one has been approved as "eligible" for the ballot, but has not been assigned a number yet; one is in the "validating signatures" phase; the third is in the "still gathering signatures" phase.

The first one, sponsored mainly by three California tribes, would allow sports betting, but only in person, either at tribal casinos or the four major horse racing tracks (Del Mar, Santa Anita, Los Alamitos, and Golden Gate Fields); it would also allow craps and roulette without cards.
The second one, sponsored by FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetMGM, would allow online sports betting, and would allow the tribes to license the rights to outside companies.
The third one, sponsored by unnamed tribes, would also allow online sports betting, but only if run by the tribes.

The first set of commercials were straight-out attack ads on FanDuel and DraftKings; they are paid for mainly by the San Manuel and Rincon (Luiseño) tribes. "Coincidentally," San Manuel now owns the Palms, and Harrah's main southern California casino is on Rincon land, although neither is listed as a major contributor to any of the propositions.

The second set of commercials are doom and gloom ads about online sports betting in general; they even mention that it would be possible to make bets on "gaming consoles," saying that it would open the door to kids making bets. Not particularly coincidentally, these are paid for by two of the tribes with the "sports betting, but not online" proposition.
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August 23rd, 2022 at 11:59:46 PM permalink
More commercials are out in California saturating the newscasts.

Proposition 26 is the in-person sports betting proposition on tribal land and the four race tracks. It also has a provision eliminating the ban on non-card based table games in California, meaning real roulette and craps instead of the card version, and a provision allowing for a private attorney general right of action against the card clubs, which will kneecap most of their "California games". The "California games" are nominally player-banked games where the casino just takes a collection to pay for the dealer and operating costs and have no interest in the outcome of the game. Except, that third party proposition services companies functionally act as the dealer most of the time, and have financial arrangements with the casino in question. Many people have reported being barred from Commerce, Bicycle, and the other big Los Angeles card clubs for acting as a player banker too often. Thus, a lot of the smaller, mostly Latino cities in Southeast LA County that depend on card club money are fighting this, although it is ironic that they are playing the race card against the original Americans.

Proposition 27 is the online sports betting proposition sponsored by the major sports betting companies, which will use diverting tax money to homeless services as a hook. It also has some of the more rural tribes supporting them, like Tachi, Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians, and the Big Valley Rancheria, who all operate casinos but far from the major commercial centers. It would increase funds to the smaller tribes that operate 349 or less slot machines, but not grant the monopoly to the bigger tribes.

Interestingly, Caesars is staying out of this initiative so as not to piss off their partners at Buena Vista (Harrah's NorCal) and Rincon (Harrah's SoCal), which has to be good for their bottom line since MGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings are dumping so much money on this.
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