Any attempt to legalize sports betting in California faces an uphill battle given the reluctance of tribal gaming interests to support the issue amid ongoing legal challenges against commercial card games, with mobile wagering a non-starter.
In recent years, several attempts to give California voters the opportunity to legalize sports betting through a ballot referendum have failed to ignite amid an ongoing dispute between tribes and cardrooms over house-banked table games.
Steve Stallings, chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), which represents 38 tribal governments in the state, warned that lawmakers “should proceed with caution” with any amendment legalizing sports betting.
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