Contra Costa Times editorial: Yes, fantasy is gambling and should be illegal
Gambling laws in California can be as hard to follow as the dice bouncing around a craps table. It's anybody's guess which game might be legal or illegal next.
Betting on horse races is permitted, but betting on other sports is prohibited. You can play the state lottery, but you can't hold a bingo game -- unless it's a charity event. Card games are OK if, as in poker, the competition is among players, but not if, as in blackjack, it's players vs. the house. (More complication: Online poker is banned.)