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California’s Indian casinos are legally allowed to offer electronic gaming machines, blackjack, and other house-banked card games. The games of craps and roulette are not permitted. However, some casinos do offer modified versions of craps and roulette that are played with cards rather than dice or roulette wheels.
Most California card rooms also offer some form of player-banked blackjack, but because they are prohibited by law from playing blackjack, the game is usually played to 22 rather than 21. Additionally, players must pay a commission to the house on every hand they play. The amount will vary depending on the rules of the house but, generally, it’s about two to five percent of the total amount bet. There are about 90 card rooms in California and you can see a listing of them on the Internet at: http://www.cgcc.ca.gov
California’s tribes aren’t required to release information on their slot machine percentage paybacks and the state of California does not require any minimum returns.
Unless otherwise noted, all California casinos are open 24 hours and offer: slots, video poker, and video keno. Optional games offered include: baccarat (B), blackjack (BJ), Spanish 21 (S21), mini-baccarat (MB), poker (P), pai gow poker (PGP), Caribbean stud poker (CSP), let it ride (LIR), three card poker (TCP), four card poker (FCP) bingo (BG), casino war (CW) and off track betting (OTB).
The minimum gambling age is not uniform at all casinos; it is 21 at some casinos and 18 at others. Unless noted otherwise, all casino are open 24 hours.
Although most of the casinos have toll-free numbers be aware that many of those numbers will only work for calls made within California. Also, many of the casinos are in out-of-the-way locations, so it is advisable to call ahead for directions, especially if you will be driving at night.
For more information on visiting California contact the state’s department of tourism at (800) 862-2543 or www.visitcalifornia.com.
Shown below is a list of all California casinos. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.
- Agua Caliente Casino
- Augustine Casino
- Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino
- Bear River Casino Hotel
- Black Oak Casino
- Blue Lake Casino & Hotel
- Cache Creek Casino Resort
- Cahuilla Casino
- Casino Pauma
- Cherae Heights Casino
- Chicken Ranch Bingo & Casino
- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino See listing for discounted slot play offer!
- Chumash Casino Resort
- Colusa Casino Resort
- Coyote Valley Casino
- Desert Rose Casino
- Diamond Mountain Casino and Hotel
- Eagle Mountain Casino
- Elk Valley Casino
- Fantasy Springs Casino
- Feather Falls Casino
- Gold Country Casino
- Golden Acorn Casino and Travel Center
- Graton Resort & Casino
- Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort
- Havasu Landing Resort & Casino
- Hidden Oaks Casino
- Hopland Sho-Ka-Wah Casino
- Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
- Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina
- La Posta Casino
- Lucky 7 Casino
- Lucky Bear Casino
- Mono Wind Casino
- Morongo Casino Resort and Spa
- Paiute Palace Casino
- Pala Casino Spa and Resort
- Pechanga Resort and Casino
- Pit River Casino
- Quechan Casino Resort
- Red Earth Casino
- Red Fox Casino
- Red Hawk Casino
- River Rock Casino
- Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino
- Rolling Hills Casino
- Running Creek Casino
- San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino
- San Pablo Lytton Casino
- Sherwood Valley Rancheria Casino
- Soboba Casino
- Spa Resort Casino See listing for discounted slot play offer!
- Spotlight 29 Casino
- Sycuan Resort & Casino
- Table Mountain Casino & Bingo
- Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
- Thunder Valley Casino Resort
- Tortoise Rock Casino
- Twin Pine Casino & Hotel
- Valley View Casino Resort
- Viejas Casino and Resort
- Winnedumah Winn's Casino
- Win-River Casino