California Sports Betting
CA Mobile Sportsbook Legalization & Updates August 2022
Updated August 18, 2022
Expect the Golden State to legalize sports betting by late 2022 or early 2023.
Voters will choose whether or not to bring legal sports betting to California, as two sports betting initiatives have qualified for the November 2022 ballot and being verified by election officials. They also get to choose what it looks like, as each initiative differs in the scope of betting allowed.
Moreover, there's a chance that both initiatives could pass since each need at least a 50% approval rate. With the likelihood of this occurring, online sports betting would be on track to begin in Aug. 2023, ahead of the 2023-24 NFL season. More information will be shared about the in-person initiative once we know more about their potential launch date if legalized.
While we await the results of the November 2022 ballot, CA residents can play PrizePicks, a leading Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) provider. PrizePicks is a unique platform that prompts users to select their favorite players from CA teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Diego Padres and bet the over or under on key player stats.
Residents of the Golden State can use the PrizePicks promo code, which allows deposit matching on up to $100!
The Latest Sports Betting News from California:
- The Democrat party opposed the online sports betting initiative and remained neutral on the tribal initiative in CA. There are nearly double the amount of Democrats in the Golden State as there are Republicans, so the legalization of online sports betting in California is still up in the air. (7/11/22)
- Both online and in-person sports betting initiatives are officially announced to appear on the Nov. 2022 ballot after election officials verified that both attained the necessary signatures for qualification. (6/27/22)
- The Coalition for Safe, Responsible Gaming releases a list of groups opposed to the online sports betting initiative, which includes over 40 native tribes. (5/12/22)
- Californians for Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support releases a list of 21 service organizations and local leaders backing the online sports betting initiative. (5/11/22)
- The online sports betting initiative reaches enough signatures to qualify for the November 2022 ballot, Californians for Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support announces. (5/3/22)
The Latest Sports News in CA:
- The LA Dodgers' 12-game winning streak ends after their 4-0 shutout loss to the KC Royals. LA still stands atop the MLB standings and currently has a five-game lead over the NY Mets. (8/15)
- The LA Sparks lose final three games of the season, miss the playoffs for the second year in a row. (8/15)
- SD Padres win their first series against Washington Nationals since trading for Juan Soto and Josh Bell. (8/15)
What to Keep an Eye on:
- If the LA Dodgers can build another winning streak during their upcoming series against the Milwaukee Brewers. (8/15)
- Will rookie WR Lance McCutcheon continue to standout after leading the Rams to a 29-22 preseason victory over the LA Chargers? (8/15)
- Can the SD Padres win their third series in a row as they face off against the Miami Marlins this week? (8/15)
California Sports Betting Key Takeaways & Current App Options
⚖️ Is sports betting legal in California?
No, but there has been a positive movement towards legalization. Expect two sports betting initiatives on the November 2022 ballot asking voters to choose between tribal casino wagering or a combination of retail & online wagering, like in other legalized states.
💸 What will be the requirements to bet online in CA?
Once sports betting is legal, you must be 21+ years of age and physically in California (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech or a downloadable desktop plugin) to place wagers from your phone.
📒 What mobile sportsbooks are available in CA?
None yet, but PrizePicks is a fun and legal alternative.
🏈 What sports will I be able to bet on in CA?
Once sports betting becomes legalized, you will be able to bet on all the major American league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL) and more such as European basketball leagues, cricket, and rugby.
Although sports betting is not legal in the Golden State, Californians can play PrizePicks, a DFS provider currently available in 26 states. Bettors select their favorite players like Stephen Curry or LeBron James, choose an over/under player prop, and enter them to win cash prizes.
How to Sign up for PrizePicks in California
- Step 1. Sign up using our PrizePicks promo code.
- Step 2. In the app (or on your desktop), select the “Deposit” button in the top right corner of the page.
- Step 3. Select the amount of money you want to deposit and the funding source (PayPal, credit, etc.)
- Step 4. Submit deposit. Once the deposit is submitted and credited to your account, you’ll automatically get the promotional value matching your initial deposit (up to $100).
CA Sports Betting Overview, Timeline and Background
California Sports Betting Background
Recently, the two sports betting bills that were discussed by CA lawmakers generated enough signatures to appear on the Nov. 2022 ballot. CA Sec. of State Dr. Shirley Weber and election officials verified that both sports betting initiatives did in fact attain enough signatures, so Californians will undoubtedly see both options appear on the upcoming ballot.
In early July 2022, the CA Democrat party opposed online sports betting while staying neutral on the land-based tribal sports betting initiative. Notably, there are about 10 million Democrats and 5 million Republicans in the Golden State, which is an indication that online sports betting is still a major question mark in possibly the largest betting market in North America.
The first initiative, the California Legalize Sports Betting on American Indian Lands Initiative, would allow Californians to place bets in-person at tribal casinos only. The other initiative, the Californians for Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Act, would allow online sports betting operators and tribes to partner, making legal betting apps and websites available statewide.
The state tribe initiative would provide education on the negative impacts of corporate or commercial sports betting, funding for addiction and mental health services, and the Bureau of Gambling Control to combat illegal wagering. The online initiative has pledged to provide 85% of betting tax revenue to assist the homeless, addiction, and mental health services. State tribes would receive the remaining 15% tax revenue.
If the state tribe initiative is approved, CA state residents still won't have many sports betting options to choose from in comparison to their neighboring states Arizona and Nevada. On the other hand, it seems that if the online sports wagering initiative is passed, it will bring further division between Californian voters.
Under the online measure sports betting apps would be available in time for the 2023 NFL season.
Both could become law if they receive a majority of "Yes" votes.
Several California mayors and service groups are backing the online betting measure, as it directs 85% of sports betting tax revenue towards funding homelessness, mental health and addiction programs. Meanwhile, small business advocates and minority trade organizations are backing the tribal betting measure. The tribes are openly campaigning against the online proposal—backed by DraftKings, BetMGM and FanDuel—out of fear of letting out-of-state companies infringe on their gambling foothold in the state.
Each group has published several polls refuting the other's notion of public support for online sports betting.
California's Legalization Timeline
The Golden State is now a Nov. 2022 ballot away from legalizing some form of sports wagering. Here's a recent timeline that maps out their road to legalization:
- Californian Democrats openly voted on Prop 27 in opposition to online sports betting while staying neutral on the in-person betting initiative led by state tribes. The Democrats' support and commitment to state tribes has been evidently shown as we rapidly approach the Nov. 2022 ballot. [Action Network, July 11]
- Sec. of State Weber and election officials officially verify that both sports betting initiatives qualify for the Nov. 2022 ballot. This news makes it official; Californians will choose either or both sports betting initiatives that are on track to be legalized in late 2022 or early 2023. [Action Network, June 28]
- Over 40 native tribes still oppose the online sports betting initiative in California. The Coalition for Safe, Responsible Gaming released a list of groups opposed to the online sports betting initiative. [Our Coalition, May 12]
- A list of 21 service organizations in support of the online sports betting initiative was released by Californians for Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support. [May 11]
- Over 1.6 million Californians have signed the initiative to legalize online sports betting, which will now put it on the upcoming ballot in November for voters to decide on. [Action Network, May 3]
- A poll was released claiming the majority of California voters oppose online sports betting. The Coalition for Safe, Responsible Gaming is the organization who organized and recorded this poll to gain further insight on sports betting legalization. [Action Network, April 21]
- A public poll claims that 45% of CA voters favor sports betting, with 33% against it and 22% undecided. UC Berkeley was the public institution behind this sports betting poll. [UC Berkeley, February 25]
- A majority of CA voters support online sports betting, according to a poll released by the Californians for Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support. [September 16]
- A third initiative is filed. This one is called “California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental health Support Act. This initiative has support from DraftKings, BetMGM, and FanDuel, as well as other top names in the industry. This measure will need to garner 997,139 valid signatures by May to qualify for the November 2022 ballot. [Sports Gambling Initiative, August 31]
- A coalition of California cities submitted a draft initiative to include regulated sports betting on the November 2022 ballot. Supporters of this initiative hope to block the tribal casino monopoly initiative. Proponents will need to gather 997,139 valid signatures to qualify the Act by April to see this on the November 2022 ballot. [Sports Wagering Initiative, August 9]
- The State reports that 1,061,282 signatures were valid. This is over 64,000 more than the minimum requirement to appear on the ballot. [CA Secretary of State, May 26]
- The Tribal group named the Coalition to Authorize Regulated Sports Wagering, reported filing with about 1.4 million signatures. Due to Covid restrictions, counties were not required to report the number of valid signatures according to the random sample until March 9th, 2021. [Executive Order, December 14]
- California Superior Court grants second extension for Tribes to collect signatures for ballot measure. The new deadline is now December 14th, 2020. The reasons for this second extension are also due to Covid-19 restrictions in the state of California. [Court Order, September 21]
- Judge James P. Arguelles grants extension to Tribes to collect signatures. Arguelles orders the deadline extension to October 12th, saying "Despite Petitioners’ diligence, the 180-day deadline coupled with Executive Branch orders responding to the COVID-19 pandemic significantly inhibits Petitioners’ ability to place their initiative on the November 2022 ballot." [Court Order, July 3]
- Senator Dodd pulls SCA 6. The bill would have needed a two-thirds vote and pass through both chambers by the June 25th deadline to get on the November 2020 ballot. Dodd cites a combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and legislative deadlines as his reason for withdrawing the bill. [Senate News, June 22]
- Tribal Leaders sue the state to extend their deadline for signatures. The Tribes asked the court to extend the deadline of July 20th, 2020 until all California counties have moved into the third reopening states following the stay-at-home order by at least 90 days. [LA Times, June 9]
- The state legislature game back in session. The State Senate pushed SCA 6 into the Senate Appropriations Committee. There, legislators hammered out details of how the industry would work in this bill. Tribal Casinos and racetracks were to be the only places allowed to operate brick-and-mortar sportsbooks and those locations could partner with online sports betting platforms like DraftKings or BetMGM to offer online sports betting. [SCA-6, June 2]
- The COVID crisis halts sports betting legalization efforts. The tribes were well on their way to get the signatures needed for the ballot measure by the deadline in late April, but due to the lockdown ordered in California, they were unable to continue to gather signatures. In the same thread, although legislators opposed the terms of the tribes’ proposal, they were unable to take any action on ACA 16 or SCA 6 as they stopped voting on bills. [Office of Gov. Newsom, March 19]
- 18 of the California’s tribes come together to file petition getting sports betting on the November 2020 ballot. The terms of this petition aren’t as favorable to sports betting enthusiasts as the only places that sportsbook could exist are in tribal casinos and there’s no mention of online sports betting. The tribe needs to gain around 1,000,000 signatures to get the measure on the 2020 ballot.
- Senator Bill Dodd introduces a sports wagering bill. This bill is introduced as a matching bill to ACA 16 and is known as “The California Sports Wagering and Consumer Protection Act.” [SCA 6, June 27]
- Assemblyman Adam Gray introduced a sports betting bill. This bill proposes allowing California residents to vote on amending the Constitution of the State to allow for legal gambling.[ACA 16, June 27]
California Sports Betting Grading Card
Action will evaluate the Golden States' sports betting legislation as it likely becomes legalized by late 2022 or early 2023.
California Sports Betting Tips
Sports Betting for Beginners
If you’re new to sports betting in California, you likely have questions: How much should you be betting? Where should you be betting on the Warriors win totals? How do you find the best odds for a Clippers game? Every sport and bet type comes with different nuances
Check out our sports betting tips for beginners so you can get started.
Sports Betting Glossary
The sports betting lexicon is vast and sometimes confusing, especially to new bettors. Before CA sports betting is legalized, you have time to brush up on betting terms so you'll be completely prepared to place all different kinds of wagers that will become available in the Golden State.
Check out our sports betting glossary to get up to speed with every term you might need to know before a parlay or prop bet.
Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid
Whether you’re betting on a Lakers game totals or A's futures, sports betting isn't easy. It’s important to be responsible and not overextend yourself.
Here are some sports betting mistakes to avoid.
Sportsbooks expected to come to California
FanDuel is a leader in both sports wagering and daily fantasy sports, with a foothold in California already. FanDuel has arguably one of the best legal sportsbooks due to its sleek interface, wide range of betting options, and robust technical construction to create a superior betting experience. This book is available in many states and has one of the top mobile apps in the industry, so expect it to expand into the California space as a sportsbook once it's legal.
DraftKings is one of the leaders in the sports betting industry. From bonuses and promotions to available markets, DraftKings Sportsbook is sure to please. Their user-friendly interface makes it easy to place any spread, total, or prop bet you can find. Savvy bettors take advantage of high-value sign-up offers, promotions, codes, and daily boosts to find +EV (expected value) opportunities. This is an area DraftKings excels in and could draw California users to.
BetMGM is one of the premier names in legal online sports betting. Backed by MGM Resorts International, BetMGM is a sportsbook that has a significant amount of brand recognition and influence. BetMGM continues to expand its reach across the nation as it has successfully launched in 13 betting states, and California could be the next. Compelling new and established user promotions is just one reason that BetMGM is definitely a sportsbook worth considering.
Barstool & theScore Bet
Under Penn National Gaming, the Barstool Sportsbook and theScore could expect to see a move into California if online sports betting is legalized. Barstool is a fast-rising sportsbook thanks to its backing of internet personalities and Penn. The sportsbook and app is almost two years old, but already has a smooth interface to go along with daily promotions and odds boosts.
Since being acquired by Penn in October 2021, theScore is already building off of its state-of-the-art sports news and score app, so it is no wonder that they belong in this category. Pair that with promotions surrounding big events and a solid lineup of betting options, and you've got a highly recommended sportsbook.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of WynnBET's app is its intuitiveness. By keeping its mobile screen more "minimalist", it's very easy to find and make a standard bet. Wynn also provides defined app sections per league, helping make the app more focused and its odd content digestible. With so much going on in California, maybe a smaller app for sports betting is exactly what you might need?
How to Sign Up for a Sportsbook in California (when legal & live)
Obviously, not all sportsbooks are the same, but there is a general set of steps that they all have to go through in order to allow you to begin betting on their apps or websites.
Here's how to sign up for a sportsbook:
Step 1. Go to whichever sportsbook app or website you've decided you'd like to start betting with.
Step 2. Enter your details:
- Create a Secure Password
- Legal Name
Date of Birth
- Home Address
Last four digits of your SSN
Step 3. Confirm your age and eligibility (must be 21+ years old).
You're ready to deposit and bet!
Democrats Oppose Online Sports Betting and Remain Neutral on Tribal Sports Betting in Latest Vote
State Democrats showed their opposition to online sports betting while staying neutral on the tribal sports betting initiative at the conclusion of their vote on Prop 27. This vote may possibly put the legalization of online sports betting at risk when the Nov. 2022 ballot comes around.
Both Sports Betting Initiatives are Verified by Sec. of State Weber and Election Officals
CA's upcoming ballot will officially include after both sports betting initiatives went through the final stage of signature verification. Both measures would need at least an approval rate of 50% to pass. Residents can expect both measures to pass, which is highly likely given the potential benefits that sports betting tax revenue would have on the Golden State moving forward.
Sports Betting Legalization: California, Texas, Florida & New York are Key to Reaching Market Potential
California Native American gaming tribes are advancing a constitutional amendment that would permit retail sportsbooks on tribal lands. State officials are nearing final approval to place the referendum on an upcoming ballot, but it’s unclear if it can be placed as part of the 2021 gubernatorial recall or if it must wait until the 2022 midterms.
California Sports Betting Begins to Take Shape During Wild December
The nation’s largest potential retail sports betting market is now closer than ever to having that become a reality, the latest development in a wild month.
California Grants Second Extension for Tribal Sports Betting Initiative
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Coalition to Authorize Regulated Sports Wagering has suspended its efforts to gather signatures for its California sports betting initiative, introduced in November 2019. The campaign filed for an extension on June 9 and was initially granted a 90-day extension. Now, Judge James Arguelles has extended the deadline again, from Oct. 12 to Dec. 14. The hope is still to get the initiative onto the 2020 ballot.
LA Kings and LA Galaxy Announce DFS Partnership with Monkey Knife Fight
Monkey Knife Fight (MKF) has become the official daily fantasy sports partner for both the Los Angeles Kings (NHL) and the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS). Those teams join the LA Chargers (NFL) and San Diego Padres (MLB) in being sponsored by MKF. Monkey Knife Fight will get branding on these teams' websites and in stadiums. Unlike popular DFS operators like FanDuel and DraftKings, players compete against the house instead of other players, making it a bit more similar to traditional sports wagering.
California Senator Pulls Support for Sports Wagering Measure
California Senator Bill Dodd pulled support for SCA 6, a measure that could have legalized sports wagering in the state of California. The initiative was opposed strongly by California tribal casinos and California cardrooms alike. The bill was rushed to the table in hopes of making it on the November 2020 ballot, and Dodd cited that lack of time was his primary reason for pulling the bill. He remains hopeful of passing it in a future session.
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California Teams to Bet On
California has more professional sports teams than any other state, which means there's a team for everyone to root for, no matter your taste. Even if you only count the teams at the highest level of competition in their respective sports, including three football teams, five basketball teams, five baseball teams, three hockey teams, and four soccer teams!
These CA teams have won nine championships in the last decade alone, almost one per year. Californians sure do love their pro sports teams. We expect big bets to be placed on these California teams by early 2023.
Pro Sports Teams
NFL Betting in California
San Francisco 49ers | 49ers Odds
The 49ers have won five Super Bowls, which is tied for the third-most in NFL history. They play in the NFC West and have been playing their home games at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara since 2014. The 49ers are currently coached by Kyle Shanahan.
Los Angeles Rams | Rams Odds
The LA Rams are the 2022 Super Bowl Champions! This is their second championship win in team history during the Super Bowl era. Moreover, the Rams have found their permanent home in the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, which opened in September 2020 and is also home to the LA Chargers. They play in the NFC West and are coached by the young whiz kid, Sean McVay.
Los Angeles Chargers | Chargers Odds
As of September 2020, the Chargers now play in the gorgeous new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, which they share with the LA Rams. The Chargers play in the AFC West and are coached by Brandon Staley.
Recommended Resource: How to Bet on Football Guide
NBA Betting in California
Los Angeles Lakers | Lakers Odds
The Lakers are tied with the Boston Celtics with the most NBA Finals wins (17) in NBA history. They are in the Pacific Division in the Western Conference and play their home games are at the Crypto.com Arena in downtown LA. Darvin Ham will be coaching his first year as the Lakers' coach this upcoming season.
Los Angeles Clippers | Clippers Odds
The Clippers are the only NBA team in California that have yet to win a championship. They are in the Pacific Division in the Western Conference and play their home games at the Crypto.com Arena in LA. They are coached by Tyronn Lue.
Golden State Warriors | Warriors Odds
The Warriors have won six championships in franchise history, with four being won in the last decade during the Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green era. The Dubs are part of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference and play their home games in the brand new Chase Center in San Francisco. Steve Kerr is entering his ninth season as the Warriors' head coach.
Sacramento Kings | Kings Odds
As one of the least successful NBA teams in California, the Kings haven't won the NBA Finals since their lone championship season in 1951. Sacramento is in the Pacific Division in the Western Conference and play their home games at the Golden 1 Center. Mike Brown is entering his first season as the Kings' head coach.
Recommended Resource: How to Bet On Basketball Guide
MLB Betting in California
Los Angeles Dodgers | Dodgers Odds
The LA Dodgers are one of the most storied franchises in MLB history. Since their inception in 1883, they've won seven World Series titles. Dodger fans can enjoy home games at Dodger Stadium, the third-oldest stadium in baseball. The Dodgers are in the NL West and are managed by Dave Roberts.
MLB Game Odds: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Below is a selection of odds for the upcoming MLB game: Updated August 18, 2022 - Odds Provided by bet365 - Subject to Change
Over 7.5 (-110)
Under 7.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Angels | Angels Odds
As the winners of one World Series back in 2002, the Angels have struggled to consistently stay atop their division, failing to reach the playoffs in their last seven seasons. The Angels are members of the AL West and play their home games at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Joe Maddon is in his third season as the manager of LAA.
MLB Game Odds: Los Angeles Angels vs. Detroit Tigers
Below is a selection of odds for the upcoming MLB game: Updated August 18, 2022 - Odds Provided by bet365 - Subject to Change
San Francisco Giants | Giants Odds
The Giants began their history at the same time as the Dodgers; in 1883. Since then, SF has won eight World Series titles, which is one more than the Dodgers have won in their history. Three of the eight titles were won between 2010-2014, as they interestingly failed to reach the playoffs in between their championship seasons. As part of the NL West, the Giants play at Oracle Park in SoMa, SF and are managed by Gabe Kapler.
MLB Game Odds: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants
Below is a selection of odds for the upcoming MLB game: Updated August 18, 2022 - Odds Provided by bet365 - Subject to Change
Over 7 (-120)
Under 7 (+100)
Oakland Athletics | Athletics Odds
The "Moneyball" team has won nine World Series titles in franchise history. Since winning their last title in 1989, the Oakland A's have bragging rights over their fellow Californian MLB teams, since they have won more World Series titles than all of them. The A's are part of the AL West and have played their home games at the RingCentral Coliseum. Mark Kotsay is currently in his first season as the manager of the Oakland A's.
MLB Game Odds: Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers
Over 8.5 (-105)
Under 8.5 (-115)
San Diego Padres | Padres Odds
The Padres are still the only MLB team in California to never win a World Series title. Recent roster changes have given the Padres a real shot at winning their first title within the next several seasons. The Padres are in the NL West and play their home games at Petco Park in San Diego. They are managed by former Oakland A's skipper Bob Melvin.
MLB Game Odds: Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres
Over 7.5 (-115)
Under 7.5 (-105)
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NHL Betting in California
Los Angeles Kings | Kings Odds
The Kings are the first NHL team in California. They have won two Stanley Cups in their history, both wins coming in 2012 and 2014. They are part of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference and call the Cryto.com Arena home. Todd McLellan is the head coach of the LA Kings.
Anaheim Ducks | Ducks Odds
Formerly known as "The Mighty Ducks," Anaheim joined the NHL in 1993 and won their first Stanley cup in 2007, which was the first year they changed their name to the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks are a Pacific Division team in the Western Conference and play their home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Anaheim is coached by Dallas Eakins.
San Jose Sharks | Sharks Odds
As the only NHL team located in the San Francisco Bay area, the Sharks have made playoff appearances in most of their seasons since their inception in 1991. The Sharks are members of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference. Their home ice, often referred to as the shark tank, is the SAP Center in San Jose. Bob Boughner coaches San Jose.
Recommended Resource: How to Bet On Hockey Guide
MLS Betting in California
Los Angeles Galaxy
The LA Galaxy is one of the most prestigious and successful clubs in the MLS. The Galaxy was one of 10 MLS charter members and began to play in 1996. Their accolades include playing in nine MLS Cups (5 wins), two U.S. Open Cups, and one CONCACAF Champions' Cup. LA plays at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA and are coached by Greg Vanney.
Los Angeles FC
Los Angeles FC was a new expansion MLS team in 2014, announced just three days after Chivas USA dissolved. LAFC would be a fresh start, with new black and gold colors and a new state-of-the-art stadium. LAFC plays their home games at the beautiful open-air Banc of California Stadium in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
LAFC had the best season for an MLS expansion club, earning 57 points and even making the playoffs in their inaugural season. The team was even better the following season, winning the Supporters' Shield in their second season with star scorer Carlos Vela picking up the Golden Boot. LAFC beat the rival LA Galaxy in the opening round of the MLS Cup playoffs but lost to Seattle in the Western Conference Finals. LAFC is coached by Bob Bradley and will hope to begin filling their trophy case soon.
San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes are known as the first club to play in and win the first game in MLS history. Since then, the Quakes have won two Supporters' Shields and two MLS Cups. They play their home games in Earthquakes Stadium in San Jose and are coached by Matías Almeyda.
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College Sports Teams in CA
College Football Betting in California
USC Trojans Football | Trojans Odds
USC is one of the great college football traditions, with the cardinal and gold uniforms among the most iconic in football. USC claims 11 national championships, ranking them among the elite football programs. USC is a founding member of the Pac-12 and have won 39 conference championships. Starting in 2024, USC will be playing in the Big Ten. The Trojans play their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and are coached by Lincoln Riley.
UCLA Bruins Football | Bruins Odds
In comparison to the other campus sports, the Bruins haven't been as successful, as they won their only national championship in 1954. Historically, the Bruins have a sub-.500 record in 36 bowl games and have only one Heisman winner, Gary Beban. UCLA will be playing in the Pac-12 until transferring to the Big Ten in 2024. The Bruins play their home games at the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena and are coached by the inventive Chip Kelly.
Stanford Cardinal Football | Cardinal Odds
As a Pac-12 school, Stanford has a long and rich football tradition and tends to play old-school football, perhaps appropriate since the program has such a long history. Stanford played in the first-ever Rose Bowl in 1902 and won two national championships in 1926 and 1940. The Cardinal plays at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto and are coached by David Shaw.
California Golden Bears Football | Golden Bears Odds
The California Golden Bears are known to be one of the least successful CA college football programs, having won their last national championships one hundred years ago in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Additionally, they've also won 14 conference championships and have been playing in the Pac-12 Conference (or some version of it) since 1916. The Golden Bears play their home games at California Memorial Stadium on campus in Berkeley and are coached by Justin Wilcox.
Fresno State Bulldogs Football | Bulldogs Odds
The Bulldogs have bounced around conferences over the years but moved from the Western Athletic Conference to the Mountain West in 2012, where they compete today. Fresno State has won 26 conference titles and played in 28 bowl games. Fresno State plays its home games on campus at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno and are coached by Jeff Tedford.
San Diego State Aztecs Football | Aztecs Odds
San Diego State rose to prominence as a football program under Hall of Fame coach Don Coryell, known for his incredible Air Coryell offense. The Aztecs won back-to-back-to-back national championships under Coryell from 1966 through 1968 before joining Division I. Additionally, they've won nine conference championships and seven Bowls in school history. San Diego State will be playing their home games in the new Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego in September 2022. The Aztecs are coached by Brady Hoke.
San Jose State Spartans Football | Spartans Odds
The Spartans have won 17 conference titles but have never won the Mountain West, where they compete now. They've played in nine bowl games and have won five of them. The Spartans play at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose and are coached by Brent Brennan.
We've got a few recommended resources to help you bet with insight on college football in California:
- College Football Betting Tips for Profitability
- College Football Betting Tips on Fading the Public
- Action Data/Tools: College Football Odds, Picks, & Projections
College Basketball Betting in California
UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball | Bruins Odds
No men's basketball program has won more NCAA championships (11) than the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins have played basketball for over a century, but the glory days certainly came under legendary Hall of Fame coach John Wooden. The Wizard of Westwood led UCLA to 10 national championships between 1964 and 1975, one of the greatest dynasties in American sports history. UCLA plays in the Pac-12 and have won 31 conference championships. The Bruins play their home games at Pauley Pavilion in the Westwood district of LA and are coached by Mick Cronin.
USC Trojans Men's Basketball | Trojans Odds
Back in the day, USC men's basketball was a national powerhouse. The Trojans have won seven conference titles but have yet to win an NCAA Championship in their extensive history. USC competes in the Pac-12 conference, but its men's basketball program does not stack up today with its other elite athletic programs. The Trojans play their home games at the Galen Center in LA and are coached by Andy Enfield.
California Golden Bears Men's Basketball | Golden Bears Odds
The Golden Bears basketball program has seen better days. They have won 14 conference championships in school history. The last and only time the Golden Bears cut down the nets as national champions was in 1959 when the PCC became the AAWU Conference (known today as the Pac-12). Cal's home floor is located at the Haas Pavilion in Berkeley and they are coached by Mark Fox.
Stanford Cardinal Men's Basketball | Cardinal Odds
Today, the Cardinal is not an exceptionally decorated men's basketball program, but Stanford did win their only national championship in 1942. . Stanford competes in the Pac-12, where they've won five conference championships. They play at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto and are coached by Jerod Haase.
San Diego State Aztecs Men's Basketball | Aztecs Odds
San Diego State has risen to prominence after having their best men's basketball season in school history in 2019-20. Unfortunately, San Diego State has never won an NCAA Championship or made deep runs in the annual tournament. The Aztecs have won 10 conference championships since their inception in 1970. Furthermore, San Diego State has been a part of the Mountain West Conference since 1999 and play their home games at Viejas Arena on campus in San Diego. Brian Dutcher has had success as the current coach of the Aztecs, so hopefully the team can make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament within the next few seasons.
St. Mary's Gaels Men's Basketball | Gaels Odds
St. Mary's has developed a reputation as one of the best mid-major programs, especially on the West Coast. As constant qualifiers of the NCAA Tournament over the last decade, the Gaels have yet to appear in the Final since 1959. They've won seven conference titles and play home games in the McKeon Pavilion in Moraga. Randy Bennett will be returning to coach the Gaels again this upcoming season.
San Francisco Dons Men's Basketball | Dons Odds
You may not know much about San Francisco Dons basketball today, but they won two national championships back in 1955 in 1956 when Hall of Famer Bill Russell led the way. San Francisco has the winningest program in the West Coast Conference, with 15 regular-season conference championships won in school history. The Dons play their home games at the War Memorial Gym on campus, commonly referred to as "The Hilltop." Chris Gerlufsen is now the head coach of the Dons after they came off one their most successful seasons in the last fifty years under (previous coach) Todd Golden.
We've got a few recommended resources to help you bet on college basketball in CA:
- How to Bet on College Basketball
- Trends to Know Before Betting Conference Tournaments
- Action Data/Tools: College Basketball Odds & Picks
Other CA Sports Betting Events
The Golden State has plenty of traditional sporting events to entertain sports fans throughout the year with an endless college and pro teams list. But sports don't stop there! In CA, they're just getting started:
The 2028 Summer Olympics
California has hosted the Olympics three times. Los Angeles hosted twice previously, in 1932 and 1984, while Squaw Valley hosted the 190 Winter Olympics. Now LA will host the Olympics for the third time in 2028, the first Summer Olympics in the U.S. since Atlanta in 1996. Expect plenty of action at all of LA's biggest and most well-known venues, including but not limited to SoFi Stadium, the Rose Bowl, The Forum, Crypto.com Arena, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Banc of California Stadium. The Olympics could be a severe financial boon to the LA metro area.
NASCAR Cup Series & Formula One Auto Racing
California has been a hub for auto racing and motorsports for many years. The Auto Club 400 is a 400-mile NASCAR Cup Series race held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The Sonoma Raceway is another famous track hosting NASCAR and IndyCar events. Long Beach has annual IndyCar Series and Formula One events, and there are racing events throughout the state thanks to its year-round fair weather.
California Casinos & (Potential) Future Sportsbook Locations
Pechanga Resort Casino Website
Pechanga Casino has the largest casino floor in the state of California at 188,000 square feet of gaming space. The casino features over 5,000 slot machines, 158 state-of-the-art table games, a 700-seat bingo room, a non-smoking poker room, and a High Limit salon. The casino reopened for business on June 1.
Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa
Morongo Casino is one of only six AAA four-diamond casino resorts in California, with 148,000 square feet of casino floor gaming and over 2,000 slot machines and table games. The casino features a retro-1960s interior look with a decorative ceiling and back-lit drapes. Morongo has a 22-table poker room along with a high-limit room.
San Manuel Casino Website
Located just outside of San Bernardino, San Manuel Casino is notable for its many themed sections. Guests can go for 21 at the Blazing 7s Blackjack Arena or take a trip to Asia in the Lotus 8 Palace. You can also visit the Rockin' Casino and its 16 table games and over 900 slot machines, and of course, there's a High Limit section too. If it's food you're looking for, you can visit Rock & Brews, Chingon Kitchen, Big Mo' Cafe, and TuTu's Food Court, or put your feet up and relax at the Bear Springs Hotel.
Pala Casino Spa and Resort
Operated by the Pala Band of Mission Indians, Pala Casino has 84 table games and over 2,200 slot machines in 86,000 square feet of gaming space just northeast of San Diego. The venue also offers a 500-room hotel, an 11,000-square-foot spa, and Luis Rey's Sports Bar.
Red Hawk Casino Website
Located on a hilltop a few minutes east of Sacramento, Red Hawk Casino boasts traditional architecture and beautiful natural views. The casino has a variety of table games and over 2,000 slot machines along with a special High Limit area for play, and hungry bettors can visit Henry's Steakhouse or Pearl Asian Cuisine.
Viejas Casino and Resort
Viejas originally started as a bingo room and remains one of the best in the state. It also features a 133,000-square-foot gaming floor with over 2,500 slot machines, 86 table games, and an off-track betting facility in the mountains east of San Diego. Other amenities include a coffee bar, three restaurants, and a nearby outlet mall.
Chumash Casino Resort
Located in the heart of wine country, Chumash Casino offers 115,000 square feet of casino gaming, featuring 2,300 slot machines and over 45 table games. The AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel has 320 rooms, along with a 135-foot tower that gives hotel guests an incredible view of the Santa Ynez Valley below, and visitors can also frequent the Samala Showroom for bingo.
Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa
Just outside the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs, Agua Caliente is a little taste of gamblers paradise with slot and poker machines, a private live poker room, and an endless array of slot machines. Resort amenities include two cafes, a deli, a steakhouse, and a buffet along with an outdoor pool, bar, and grill and live entertainment. The casino is operating at 50% capacity during the pandemic with mandatory masks.
Harrah's Southern California Resort and Casino
Harrah's SoCal is one of 50 properties under the Harrah's umbrella, home to ESPN's World Series of Poker and operated by Caesars. The Harrah's land was renamed Funner in 2016, and Harrah's SoCal is committed to fun. The venue offers nearly 60,000 square feet of casino gaming with over 1,000 slot machines. You've got plenty of options if you're hungry, including Che Bello, 'Ritas Cantina, Earl of Sandwich, SR76 Beerworks, Fiore, and more.
Blue Lake Casino & Hotel
Blue Lake Casino is one of the best in Northern California, just a few miles from Eureka on the picturesque Blue Lake in the Redwoods of Humboldt County. The Casino features 600 slot machines, live poker, and 24-hour table games. Guests can also enjoy fine dining at Alice's Restaurant, Sushi Blue, the Lily Pad Cafe and the Wave Lounge.
Sports betting is not legal in California yet. The state's tribal and commercial online wagering initiatives will appear on the Nov. 2022 ballot, which will likely lead to sports betting being approved by early 2023 in tribal casinos or in a combination of both retail and online wagering.
The results of the Nov. 2022 ballot will determine which governing body will regulate sports betting within the Golden State. It is expected that the California Gambling Control Commission (CGCC) and the the Bureau of Gambling Control will be involved in sports betting regulation.
Sports betting or gambling websites that are not regulated by the state of California are considered illegal. Your money is never secure on offshore sites that are not regulated by a legal entity. Websites like MyBookie and Bovada are common examples of offshore gambling operators.
FanDuel Sportsbook is not legal in California. Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) are not explicitly legal in the state, but operators like DraftKings and FanDuel still accept players in CA.