California Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court overruled a law that placed a federal ban on sports betting. This decision has given each state the power to legalize sports betting, both online and in-person.

Is sports betting legal in California?

No, sports betting is currently not legal in California. There are not currently any bills in California Congress attempting to legalize sports betting. Despite having 16 professional sports teams, California legislators have made minimal effort to try and bring legal sports wagering to the Golden State.

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California Online Gambling FAQ

Are daily fantasy sports legal in California?

Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports, such as FanDuel and DraftKings are legal in California.

For those unfamiliar, Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often complete strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.

Are offshore sportsbooks legal in California?

No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in California. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of California as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.

Does California offer online lottery games?

The California Lottery does not offer online games.

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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.




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