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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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