About three years ago, California legislature eliminated felony and misdemeanor penalties that had existed for small sports betting pools among friends, i.e.: March Madness brackets and Super Bowl pools. California Penal Code Section 336.9 considers these infractions which are subject to a fine up to $250. The change in the law does not extend to online betting, or betting pools with more than $2,500 at stake.
The law remains the same for individuals involved in betting pools selling, and provides severe punishment for first time offenders including imprisonment in county jail for a period of up to one year, or in state prison for up to three years, or by a maximum fine of $5,000, or by both imprisonment and fine.
If you, or someone you know has been charged with Pool Selling or any other type of crime, it is imperative to consult with a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles who knows the law and can aggressively defend your case.