Online Sports Betting Grows Local Gambling Tribes

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Tule River Tribal Council Chairman Neil Peyron said he fears the measure will drive business away from Indian casinos and threaten their autonomy, as part of the proposal requires tribes to agree to a number of state regulations.

“The tribe is a ‘no’ on Proposition 27,” Peyron said.

The Tule Tribe, owners of Eagle Mt. Casino, are building their new 40-acre casino near Porterville that will employ 750 people when it opens in December. The new facility will feature 1,750 slot machines, compared to 1,200 at their current casino located 20km down a winding road east of town. Their new Tulare County Casino also features a 2,000-seat concert hall and 700-seat restaurant, a massive investment for the tribe facing an uncertain future. A new hotel will be added in a later phase of the project.

Opponents say out-of-state companies drafted the ballot measure to legalize online sports betting in California, but only on their terms. They state that 90% of sports betting profits will be shipped out of California, as only gaming companies operating in multiple states will be eligible for licensing. The AJO confirms that licenses will only be granted to large companies, such as those with online sports betting licenses in at least ten US states or territories, but did not provide information on if and how profits would leave the state.

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