How Do I Start a Sportsbook From California?

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Aaron Goldstein
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The opportunities are endless in the Golden State, especially with zero competition to be found here.  Sky is the limit for those looking to start their own sportsbook in California.


How to Start Your Online Mobile Sportsbook in California

For a nominal fee per week, per customer, you will get a customized website for your players, 24/7 customer service (online and by phone), full odds service, live in-play wagering, betting on most international sports, full reporting, an online casino, a horse book and much more.  PowerPayPerHead is currently running a FREE 8 WEEKS promo.

There are no upfront costs such as the purchase of the software, etc...  Also no need to hire anyone other than the recommended accountant and perhaps an assistant.  Remember, you will be spending most of your time on the beach. 

Is Sports Betting Regulated in California?

Sports betting is currently NOT regulated in California but that doesn't mean residents aren't constantly exposed to commercials for DraftKings, FanDuel and others.  When individuals see these ads on television, their only option to place a bet is with an offshore book or a local bookmaker like yourself.

Benefits of Betting With a Local vs. Regulated Sportsbook in Arkansas

There is gambling in California as far as horse racing, casinos and poker, just no sports betting. 

Local bookies provide anonymity, wagering on credit and typically accept customers 18 and up.  They also do not require extensive paperwork.  Pay per head businesses like Power Pay Per Head also provide wagering on many events and options not available at regulated books.  They also feature an online casino and racebook.  Local bookies do not report your winnings to the IRS (you still need to file your taxes).


Never accept customers you have not fully screened beforehand.  You should either be familiar with your customers or they should contain references.  A pay per head has eliminated a number of elements of the bookmaking business once deemed to be illegal such as the operation of a wire room and the settlement of payments/collections via cash.  For example, bets are placed over a secure website with servers outside the United States.  Bets by phone are strongly discouraged

Pay per heads like Power Pay Per Head also offer money transactions via Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that take place via the website.

Take That Extra Step:

  • Do not take bets over the phone.
  • Avoid taking on customers who reside outside your state.
  • Know your customers and check referrals.
  • Do not engage with individuals involved in any type of criminal activities.
  • Use cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin Tumblers provided by AcePerHead, for secure anonymous transactions.
  • Keep your customers information private.
  • Always file your taxes.

Today's pay per head businesses are regular sponsors on your favorite search engines so they enjoy maximum exposure, but not all pay per head businesses are the same.  Power Pay Per Head is one of the most established in the industry.

Avoid those services that only offer the software for super cheap and nothing else.

California Team Report (Updated March 31, 2023)

Southern California

LA Dodgers - They had the 4th shortest odds of winning the World Series and promise a payout of $800 on every $100 bet.

San Diego State Aztecs - Congrats to the Aztecs as they made their first ever Final Four in 2023.

LA Lakers

LA Clippers

San Diego Padres

LA Chargers Football - The Chargers had the 9th shortest odds of winning the Super Bowl with a payout potential of $2500 on a $100 bet.

LA Rams Football - It was just two years ago that the Rams won a Super Bowl but last season the team collapsed and wasn't expected to be much better in 2023. They had the 11th longest odds of winning the Super Bowl.

UCLA Bruins College Basketball - The Bruins made it into the Sweet 16 in 2023.  This marked the third straight appearance there.  In 2021, they reached the Final Four.  They finished the season 27-4 Straight Up and caused the bookies some heartburn with an 18-12 record Against The Spread.

UCLA Bruins College Football - The Bruins have long odds to win the championship at 100-1.

USC Trojans Basketball - USC has made it into the tournament for three consecutive years.

USC Trojans Football - The Trojans had the 5th shortest odds to win the College Football Playoff Championship in 2024 with a payout potential of $1000 on every $100 bet.

Northern California

San Francisco Giants

Golden State Warriors

Sacramento Kings - Just as the state of California has finally ended its years long drought, so too have the Kings with the Playoffs.  They are in for the first time since 2006. 

San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers had the second shortest odds to win the 2023 Super Bowl.

The signing of star DI Javon Hargrave will help make up for any losses on the defense, in particular CB Emmanuel Moseley and DI Hassan Ridgeway.  Hargrave has had 90.0-plus pass-rush grades and enjoyed double-digit sacks last season.

San Jose Sharks

- Aaron Goldstein,

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