Forget the Political Posturing: California Sports Betting would not violate Tribal rights.

With the introduction of a constitutional amendment to allow sports wagering legislation in California, some California tribal representatives have asserted that doing so would violate their tribal-state gambling compacts: even threatening to withhold compact mandated payments to California if sports wagering is adopted.  But this argument is not credible.(1) First, the California Constitution authorizes compacts […]

Fantasy Sports: The Noose Tightens in California

This week the United States District Court in Los Angeles dealt a blow to fantasy sports contests when the Court held that the payment of an entry fee in a fantasy contest constituted a wager, basing its analysis on California gambling cases including one involving poker.  (Los Angeles Turf Club et al. v. Horse Racing […]

Trump v. California, and California Gambling Policy

There is one overriding dynamic right now in California legislation and politics: the war with Donald Trump.  From climate change and fuel economy standards, to immigration and sanctuary status, health care, gun control and labor laws, the Trump Administration and the State of California are going to war.  Even before Donald Trump was sworn in, […]