California Casinos

Unlike many other states, California takes a more nuanced approach toward gambling.  The state government has not outright declared gambling illegal or illegal.  However, it has declared certain types of gambling illegal.  The state government regulates legal gambling.  More broadly, California permits poker, race tracking betting, casinos (on American Indian lands), and the state-run lottery.  Individuals can gamble at the age of 18 in the state, but many casinos increasingly mandate a minimum participation age of 21 years due to the fact that there is alcohol on the premises.

Arguably, the most regulated of legal gambling in the state is casino-based gambling.  American Indian owned and operated casinos essentially enter into unique relationships with the state, promising to pay taxes, operate under certain regulations, etc.  Not all states have this close type of public-private relationship, but having it bodes well both for states residents and the owner-operators of the casinos.

California takes in billions dollars in tax revenue each year as a result of gambling, including money gained from the state-run lottery.  The state is a big draw for residents in neighboring states because unlike those other states, it offers casinos with tables for games such as poker and black jack.

Recent Updates to California Gambling Laws

In terms of recent developments, California is poised to pass legislation that would allow online gambling via tribal casinos.  Although this would surely improve business for the relevant tribes, bring in revenue for the state, and please gambling residents and visitors, there is also legislation aimed at curbing the expansion of tribal casinos both on land and in virtual reality due to fears of creating a culture of gambling.  Residents in the Bay Area are increasingly becoming concerned about what having these new casinos means for more mundane issues such as traffic.  While traffic may be mundane, it has long been a central gripe about California living, especially in Southern California.  Consequently, the association between traffic near newly built casinos is fodder for detractors to advocate less gambling.

California Casinos

American Indian owned and operated casinos, also known as tribal casinos, is the principal style of casino and gambling in the state. The state is home to over forty of these casinos. Additionally, California has historically been a popular state for gamblers to play in large card rooms.  An example of this type of gambling facility is the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens.  Slot machines, which are near universally popular gambling devices are only legal when in tribal casinos.  Horse race betting is another hugely popular form of gambling in the Golden State, and its popularity and revenue-producing activity rivals that of New York, although New York typically makes slightly more.  There are currently sixteen horse racing facilities in California.  Generally speaking, all gamblers must be older than 21 years old to enter a casino, let alone to gamble. The state lottery, which is a monopoly since the government is the only entity that can run one, sells stakes for five games, in addition to scratch ticket games.  The state has numerous casinos that one can visit.  They include the following, which are listed below:

All Casinos in California
no Name & Website Location Reviews & Info
1 The 101 Casino Petaluma, CA 101 casino reviews
2 The 500 Casino Clovis, CA 500casino reviews
3 Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage, CA Agua Caliente casino reviews Yelp reviews
4 Artichoke Joe’s Casino San Bruno, CA Artichoke Joes reviews artichoke joe reviews
5 Augustine Casino Coachella, CA Agustines casino reviews yelp reviews of Augustine casino
6 The Aviator Casino Delano, CA avaiator casino reviews aviator casino video
7 Barona Resort and Casino Lakeside, CA Barona Valley Ranch reviews Barona Yelp reviews
8 Bay 101 San Jose, CA Bay101 reviews
9 Bear River Casino Loleta, CA TA reviews Bear River reviews
10 Black Bart Casino Willits, CA Closed
11 The Bicycle Casino Bell Gardens, CA Bike reviews bicycle youtube channel
12 Black Oak Casino Tuolumne, CA TA reviews Black Oak Resort review
13 Black Sheep Casino Cameron Park, CA N/A
14 Blue Lake Casino Blue Lake, CA blue lake casino hotel reviews Black lake casino review
15 Bruce’s Bar and Casino Blythe, CA N/A – only 2 tables
16 Cache Creek Casino Resort Brooks, CA tripadvisor cache creek review
17 Cahuilla Creek Casino Anza, CA yelp reviewJoe Bobs Review
18 California Grand Casino Pacheco, CA cali grand review Cal grand History
19 Cameo Club Casino Stokton, CA Cameo Club on Yelp
20 Capitol Casino Sacramento, CA yelp reviews Capital Casino Video
21 Casino Club Redding, CA review
22 Casino Marysville Marysville, CA marysville casino review
23 Casino Pauma Pauma Valley, CA tripadvisor casino pauma valley casino pauma review
24 Casino Real Manteca, CA casino real on facebook casino real review
25 Central Coast Casino Grover Beach, CA yelp review
26 Cher-Ae Heights Casino Trinidad, CA tripadvisor yelp review for Cher-Ae
27 Chicken Ranch Casino Jamestown, CA chicken ranch facebook page chicken ranch review
28 Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Coarsegold, CA tripadvisor for chukchansi casino chukchansi review
29 Chumash Casino Resort Santa Ynez, CA chumash casino resort review real review of Chumash Casino
30 Club One Casinoe Fresno, CA Club one facebook page Club One info
31 Club San Rafael (Pete’s 881) San Rafael, CA club sa rafael review
32 Colusa Casino Resort Colusa, CA colusa casino facebook page Colusa Casino info
33 Commerce Casino Commerce, CA crowne plaza commerce commerce casino rated a 3
34 Crystal Casino and Hotel Compton, CA review rating of only 1.5 crystal casino is a dive
35 Delta Club Cardroom Stockton, CA stockton casino
36 Desert Rose Casino Alturas, CA desert rose facebook updates desert rose is a dump
37 Diamond Jim’s Casino Rosamond, CA facebook page diamond jims info
38 Diamond Mountain Casino Susanville, CA 74% rating diamond mountain pics
38 Don Juan Club and Casino Rancho Cordova, CA N/A
39 Eagle Mountain Casino Porterville, CA 6 Eagle Mountain reviews terrible eagle mountain commercial for rewards program
40 Elk Valley Casino Crescent City, CA elk valley casino details Elk Valley Casino video
41 Empire Sportsmen’s Association Modesto, CA n/a
42 Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Indio, CA great reviews 125 yelp reviews
43 Feather Falls Casino Oroville, CA Feather Falls Hotel is ranked #1 29 yelp reviews
44 Garlic City Club Gilroy, CA garlic city info
45 Gold Country Casino and Hotel Oroville, CA Gold Country hotel on TA Gold Country on yelp
46 Golden Acorn Casino Campo, CA Golden Acorn on FourSquare 34 yelp reviews
47 Golden West Casino Bakersfield, CA Golden West pictures 4.0 rating
48 Graton Resort & Casino Rohnert Park, CA Graton Casino moved Graton Casino on Opening day
49 Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort San Diego, CA Harrahs Rincon updates Harrahs Rincon tripadvisor harrahs rincon reviews
50 Havasu Landing Resort and Casino Havasu Lake, CA real pics of Havasu landing Havasu Landing Resort video
51 Hawaiian Gardens Casino Hawaiian Gardens, CA Hawaiian Gardens Facebook page 126 reviews on yelp
52 Hollywood Park Casino Inglewood, CA Facebook Hollywood Park Casino reviews for Hollywood Park
53 Hustler Casino Gardena, CA Hustler on yelp Billy Bobs Review
54 Jackson Rancheria Casino Jackson, CA 3.5 rating 158 reviews
55 Konocti Vista Casino Lakeport, CA Konocti resort info terrible casino
56 La Posta Casino Boulevard, CA Permanently Closed in Oct 2012
57 Lake Bowl Casino Folsom, CA Fun at Folsom Lake Bowl bowling alley casino
58 Lake Elsinore Hotel & Casino Lake Elsinore, CA good buffet decent reviews
59 Limelight Cardroom Sacramento, CA limelight images limelight video
60 Livermore Saloon & Casino Livermore, CA 3.5 rating livermore casino video
61 Lucky 7 Casino Smith River, CA #1 attraction in Smith River good reviews
62 Lucky Bear Casino Hoopa, CA Luck Bear Casino updates
63 Lucky Chances Casino Colma, CA lucky chances
64 Lucky Derby Casino Citrus Heights, CA rating of 4.0
65 Lucky Lady Card Room San Diego, CA reviews
66 Marina Club Casino Marina, CA marina casino photos
67 Mikes Card Casino Oakdale, CA ratings
68 Mono Wind Casino Auberry, CA mono wind casino ad small casino
69 Morongo Casino Resort & Spa Cabazon, CA morongo updates mornogo hotel review over 350 yelp reviews
70 Mortimer’s Card Room Marina, CA great reviews
71 Napa Valley Casino American Canyon, CA 2.5 rating
72 Nineteenth Hole Antioch, CA Good coctails at 19th hole
73 Normandie Casino Gardena, CA facebook page pics of Normandie
74 Oaks Card Club Emeryville, CA 90 real reviews
75 Ocean’s Eleven Casino Oceanside, CA photos of Oceans 11 great poker room
76 OceanView Cardroom Santa Cruz, CA oceanview on facebook yelp details
77 Paiute Palace Casino Bishop, CA active facebook page appears to be a dump 20 yelp reviews
78 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Pala, CA pala casino facebook page Awesome tripadvisor reviews 200 reviews and 160 photos
79 Palace Card Club Hayword, CA nice lil poker room
80 Palomar Card Club San Diego, CA Good place for serious poker
81 Pechanga Resort and Casino Temecula, CA 62% rating 3.5 rating from over 400 people
82 Pit Riverd Casino Burney, CA 1 pic small time casino
83 Players Casino Ventura, CA yelp reviews
84 Poker Flats Casino Ventura, CA fb page
85 Red Earth Casino Salton Sea Beach, CA yelp
86 Red Fox Casino Laytonville, CA yelp
87 Redhawk Casino Placerville, CA redhawk facebook page bad ratings 3 stars