Even before pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing was approved by the people in 1933, unregulated gambling was part of California’s history and culture. Card games and other limited forms of gambling occurred outside of state regulation. Large-scale gambling in California started in the 1980’s with the implementation of the California State Lottery in 1984 and Congress passing and President Reagan signing the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988. 

Since then California gambling has become a $15 billion per year industry fueled mainly by an explosion of gambling expansion with the proliferation of Indian Casinos operated by more than 60 Tribes across the state. California Strategies has considerable experience working with Indian Casinos, Horse Tracks, Card Rooms, the Lottery and other various stakeholders in the gaming community. Currently only California’s horse racing industry can legally conduct Internet online wagering on horse races. 

As the State entertains the idea of regulating online gambling for other sectors of the gambling industry and for other games, work in this space has become increasingly contentious. California Strategies professionals assist our clients in staying informed and competitive in this complex environment.

California Strategies has extensive experience in the following gambling related areas:
  • Legislative and Executive Branch Advocacy
  • California Gambling Control Commission Representation
  • Attorney General’s Bureau of Gambling Control Representation
  • California Gaming Policy Advisory Committee Compliance
  • California Horse Racing Board Compliance
  • California Lottery Commission Representation

Our People

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John Benton


Devon Ford

Senior Associate

Camden McEfee

Vice Chair of Business Affairs