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Casino divide: Tribes split as California voters consider online sports betting


October 5, 2022

Some large casinos run by tribes in California are located along freeways near large metropolitan areas. Here is the Yaamava' Resort & Casino east of Los Angeles, owned and oeprated by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Photo courtesy Yaamava' Resort & Casino at San Manuel

LOS ANGELES - California voters next month will decide between two competing ballot measures involving sports betting that would dramatically alter legalized gambling in the state, a struggle that underscores the have and have-not divide between the state's native tribes.

The newest chapter of this long-standing divide comes more than a year after Arizona legalized online sports wagering. Now, California may follow suit with Propositions 26 and 27 on the November 8 ballot.

Proposition 26 would allow in-person betting on professional sports in 66 tribal-owned casinos and four racetracks in California. Additionally, it would allow tribes to offer more Las Vegas-style games, including roulette and craps, not just blackjack, bingo and slot machines.


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