California Casinos

by Steve Bourie  Learn more about the author 

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.

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