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What is Proposition 26? Explaining “Other” California Sports Betting Initiatives

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Two similar but different initiatives will be on the ballot in next month’s general election. Both relate to sports betting and California Natives, but the details get complicated.

Most attention seems to be on Proposition 27, which allows online sports gambling in California, but many Native American tribal leaders see it as an alternative that they hope will have better chances. Another battle is being fought over Proposition 26 being made. of passage.

So what is Proposition 26 and how is it different from Proposition 27?

Prop. 26 paves the way for sports betting to debut in California, but under more restrictive circumstances.

Proposition 27 allows anyone over the age of 21 to bet from the comfort of their couch using their computer or smartphone, but Proposition 26 uses a proven way to actually place bets.

Currently, in California, the only sports betting allowed by law is one of the state’s four licensed racetracks. It’s horse racing — it’s not legal to gamble on auto racing, and dog racing doesn’t exist (and is illegal) in California.

But if Prop 26 backers get their way, adults of legal gambling age will be allowed to bet on various sporting events while at the racetrack.

That’s not all. If Bill 26 is passed, sports his gambling on tribal lands would also be allowed. These bets must be made directly at Tribal Casino.

The initiative also includes language allowing tribal casinos to bring in dice games and roulette, which are now illegal in California. It also allows the tribe to sue cardrooms that they claim are offering games like blackjack illegally.

Supporters of Prop. 26 say it’s a better sports betting option than Prop. 27. But an analysis by state officials found that even if Prop. 27 were passed, it would still bring hundreds of millions in tax and fee revenue to the state.

Proposition 26 brings in tens of millions of dollars, but it leaves more control of the gambling environment in the hands of California tribes who have enjoyed near monopolies in California for decades.

However, while 27 uses most of its funds to support homeless programs, gambling addiction programs, and non-casino tribes, Prop 26 funds are treated as state tax revenues and are used for public education and public education. used to support The rest is added to the state general fund.

The initiative is backed by many of California’s largest casino-owning tribes, including the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in Santa Barbara County and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Riverside County.

Opponents of Prop. 26 are primarily proponents of Prop. 27, including small Native American tribes that don’t have casinos. IF PROPOSITION 27 PASSES, GAME COMPANIES THAT ARE FUNDED BY THESE TRIBES AND LOOKING TO ENTER THE CALIFORNIA MARKET (such as FanDuel and DraftKings) MUST PARTNER WITH THE TRIBES TO DO IT . Gaming companies are against 26 in hopes of passing 27.

Also for 26 is the aforementioned card room. Cardroom owners and operators fear legal action enabled by Prop 26 will put them out of business.

Here’s what a yes or no vote means in the November poll.

“a yes Voting on this bill means four racetracks can offer face-to-face sports betting. Racetracks pay the state a share of the sports bets made. Tribal casinos may offer face-to-face sports betting, roulette, and dice games (such as craps) if permitted by the individual tribe’s gambling agreement with the state. Tribes must support state sports betting regulatory costs at casinos. People and entities will have new ways to seek enforcement of gambling laws in specific states.”

“a No A vote on this measure means: Sports betting remains illegal in California. Tribal casinos will no longer be able to offer roulette or dice games. There are no changes to how state gambling laws are enforced. “

So if you’re in favor of bringing sports gambling to California, but don’t believe it should be done online or from your smartphone, and are concerned that out-of-state companies make up the bulk of your profits, You probably want to. Vote on Proposition 26.

If you’d like to be able to gamble on sports from your mobile device and think the money coming in from tribes affiliated with major gaming companies would do more for your state, Prop 27 is your friend.

If you think sports gambling should not be allowed at all in California, vote “no” to both. Recognize? No?

If you’re still confused, you’re not alone. According to CalMatters, four advertising campaigns are involved in the ballot race, making it the most costly initiative in California’s history.

One campaign focuses on defeating Prop 27 alone. Another campaign is dedicated to defeating Proposition 27 while supporting Proposition 26. A third campaign, primarily funded by DraftKings and others, is simply aimed at getting Proposition 27 through. , which is intended to strictly beat Prop 26.

According to a poll conducted by the University of California, Berkeley Government Research Institute, both proposals are expected to fail despite all the money being put into the contest (over $500 million as of Sept. 20). I’m here. This research is co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.

Some experts expect a lukewarm response from voters to soften political advertising a bit between many campaigns. Don’t be surprised. The battle for what is expected to be America’s most profitable gambling market is far from over.

All registered voters in California will be mailed a ballot prior to the election. Ballots will be mailed out to him 29 days before he is on November 8th.