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Is it time to formally legalize online betting in California?

Owing to the size of the state, particularly given the amount of money and residents in LA- and added to the fact that state residents love of pro sports- online betting brands are watching very closely to see if online betting will soon be permitted in California.

So far we’re at an impasse and it is causing confusion;  there are currently no official laws that prohibit, ban, or regulate online gambling, meaning technically its not illegal to bet online but because there is no formal legislation it’s much harder for state residents to access a plethora of casino and sports-betting related markets.

The only requirement related to online gambling in California at the moment relates to age.    Californian top brass requires residents to be 18 years of age to play the lottery but you must be at least 21 or older to play in online casinos, sportsbooks, poker rooms, and bingo halls.

Although you won’t fall foul of the law if you do wager online it is currently illegal to establish your own online betting business. If you’re only playing online you’re not breaking any laws but those who are partial to playing online, and there are millions of them, particularly in LA, find it hard to find legitimate casinos, turning more and more to trusted online casino reviews so they can bet without anxiety.

States like New Jersey, where formal legislation has been passed, have incurred millions in tax revenues so far and are thriving and there’s concerns that California is missing out, particularly as any additional tax revenues would help fund vital public services and infrastructure projects.

In fact, for context, over $300 million was wagered on online baseball in New Jersey over the last few months alone: the potential is huge.

Nobody is advocating a scenario where California becomes some sort of virtual Vegas but people are growing tired of the confusion and law makers need to clarify things, and soon.

As facts have shown, states can earn millions each month simply by legalising online betting and research from across the planet has shown that most adults gamble responsibly so the argument that any new legislation will lead to a surge in gambling issues is wise of the mark.

California has always, and will continue to be, a free and liberal state; proven most recently when they pioneered the legal marijuana revolution for recreational and medicinal usage.

It’s now time for politicians, industry bodies and any other parties to sit down and plan the way forward for online betting in the state.


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