Poker player, crypto whiz behind latest California initiative effort pitch tribes on sports betting plan

Poker player, crypto whiz behind latest California initiative effort pitch tribes on sports betting plan

Article brief provided by The Mercury News
  • John Woolfolk, The Mercury News
November 15, 2023 8:11 PM
  • John Woolfolk, The Mercury News

One is a jet-setting high-stakes poker player with a taste for fancy resorts, drinks and cars. Another is a blockchain and cryptocurrency entrepreneur.

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They’ve teamed up before for an online gaming venture in Southern California that made millions. Now they’re betting they can do it again. But first they’ll have to sell skeptical tribal leaders and the Golden State’s wary voters — who rejected two sports betting ballot measures in California last year — on a plan to legalize sports books in what would become the largest U.S. market.

Whether Reeve Collins and Kasey Thompson’s 2024 California sports betting initiative campaign gets off the ground could be decided as soon as this week.