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Sports Betting

Previewing the 2023 Kentucky Derby

California Horse Racing Fans Get Set For 2023 Kentucky Derby

May 3, 2023
Saturday’s Kentucky Derby is the 149th renewal of the race, and 20 3-year-olds are set to go 1 1/4 miles in front of more than 100,000 people.
Tribes could try again to get CA voters to allow only in-person sports betting

Could A Retail California Sports Betting Initiative Make The 2024 Ballot?

April 5, 2023
California tribal leaders could put a proposal on the 2024 ballot to allow sports betting only at tribal casinos in the state.
NHL star Kane says he borrowed $50M in 5 years to gamble

Evander Kane Says He Borrowed $50 Million To Feed Gambling Habit

March 28, 2023
The former San Jose Shark has liabilities of more than $26 million, which is why he filed for bankruptcy in 2021.
Casinos perfect for watching California teams in March Madness

Watch Your Favorite March Madness Teams At California Casinos

March 13, 2023
Casinos perfect for watching California teams in March Madness, as five men’s teams and four women’s teams from California will compete.
Handicapping holiday weekend of horse racing at Santa Anita Park, from

Handicapping the Holiday Horse Betting Weekend at Santa Anita Park

February 16, 2023
California gamblers can embrace a four-day holiday weekend horse-racing package at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The lineup includes a Friday card with seven races, followed by nine-race programs and a $100,000 stakes race Saturday through Monday. California horse race betting enthusiasts also can play the popular Coast to Coast Pick 5 in the $1 […]
Handicapping the Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita Park, from

Handicapping the $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita Park

February 9, 2023
Santa Anita Park bettors will observe two significant trends before the Friday-Sunday cards at the Arcadia oval, just north of Los Angeles. Speed has returned. Frontrunners are again doing well as the track has appeared to drain from the rain deluge of December and January. That’s a handicapping tool bettors will put into their assessments.

Casinos and Poker

Jamul Casino begins work on massive expansion and renovation.

Jamul Casino Goes Sky High With Planned Renovations

June 1, 2023
Jamul Casino east of San Diego is going all out in its planned renovations, including a 16-story hotel and sky bridge.
Authorites combat rise of illegal CA casinos

Authorities Expand Crackdown On Illegal California Casinos

May 26, 2023
As legislators move to reinstitute a moratorium on new cardrooms in the state, illegal California gambling dens continue to thrive.
Sky River Casino considers expansion

Early Success of Sky River Casino Leads To Expansion Talks

May 18, 2023
Owned by the Wilton Rancheria Tribe and managed by Boyd Gaming, Sky River Casino was an immediate hit with Sacramento-area residents.
Expanded Eagle Mountain Casino opens

Eagle Mountain Casino Holds Grand Opening Ceremony

May 9, 2023
Eagle Mountain Casino held its grand opening ceremony on Tuesday, May 9, two years after breaking ground on the project in April 2021.
Illegal casinos busted in San Jose

Drugs, Guns, Cash Found In Raid Of Illegal Northern California Casinos

April 27, 2023
After citizens complained, detectives organized a raid to take down illegal California casinos led by a 43-year-old San Jose resident.
More cameras coming to CA cardrooms?

Expanded Surveillance Requirements May Be Coming To California Cardrooms

April 18, 2023
Not all California cardrooms have video cameras recording gambling activity. However, if the CGGC gets its way, that may change this year.

Sports Originals

How San Diego changed the Super Bowl experience 35 years ago, from

How San Diego Changed the Super Bowl Experience 35 Years Ago

February 8, 2023
Visitors to San Diego enjoy the downtown and Gaslamp Quarter. Both amenities make the downtown area a joy for locals and tourists. San Diego also frequently tops list of best places to live or vacation in the US. But here’s a little-known fact: Many of the great attractions in San Diego wouldn’t exist if it
Ranking the 9 Super Bowl-winning California NFL teams

Ranking the 9 Super Bowl-Winning California NFL Teams

November 22, 2022
The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas, a state that takes pride in being bigger and better. But when it comes to Super Bowl champions, California is supreme. Nine California-based teams have won the Super Bowl, the most for any state. The Super Bowl has a tight bond with the Golden State: The
Ranking the 14 California MLB World Series-winning teams

Ranking the 14 World Series-Winning California MLB Teams

November 21, 2022
Some day when “The Big One” tears California from North America and sends it hurtling into the Pacific Ocean, all that may be left of “The Left Coast” could be a few letters from a famous sign (“HO WOO” everybody!), buoyant surfboards, and a few shiny World Series trophies. Good riddance, high rent districts in

Featured Analysis

Final CA 2022 election results are in, so how did counties vote for Prop 26, Prop 27?

Final CA 2022 Election Results: These Counties Hated Prop 26, Prop 27 Most

December 19, 2022
California certified its 2022 election results last Friday. So, we’ve known for a long time that the two California sports betting measures, Prop 26 and Prop 27, lost in landslides. Now, we can detail exactly how miserably they lost, and break it down by county. Ready? Let’s dive into the epic election failures of Prop
Here's what a sports betting compromise between California tribes and sportsbooks could look like in 2024

Dissecting the Ways CA Tribes, Sportsbooks Could Compromise in 2024

November 15, 2022
A legislative compromise could be the next incarnation of California’s attempt to legalize sports betting. That does not mean that the gambling tribes and private sportsbook companies will harmoniously come together. Instead, a California legislator — or a group of them — could act as go-betweens to forge a compromise initiative that both groups can
Prop 26 spokesperson doubts tribes would back a legislative California sports betting prop in 2024

Expert Doubts CA Tribes Would Back Legislative Sports Betting Prop in 2024

November 14, 2022
The dust is still settling on Tuesday’s $450 million ballot race for sports betting in California. Prop 26 and Prop 27 both lost in landslides. And tribes behind the Prop 26 in-person sports betting measure are generally OK with it.  Tribes see their loss as a win.  “Tribes made clear that defeating Prop 27 was