California Casino Guide
Online Casinos in California
Presently there are no legal online casinos in California. The focus has been on trying to get legislation passed for online poker, but so far that has failed.
California does have a state lottery, which can indicate an openness to other forms of betting.
California residents can play WSOP as soon as they cross the state line into Nevada, however.
But, you can still register with a legal online casino while you're in California, take advantage of the casino's bonus offers, and play whenever you're in states where it's legal. (Do be aware of the casino bonus's expiry date, though.)
California Land-Based Casinos Map
You can easily see all casino locations by using our California casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.
To move the map of casinos in California, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.
Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino's name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino's website.
Land-Based Casinos in California
Types of Casinos in California
All of the casinos in California are affiliated with Indian Tribes. These Indian casinos in California 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 California casinos do offer modified versions of craps and roulette that are played with cards rather than dice or roulette wheels.
Most southern California casinos are rather large and the majority of them have hotels. The Indian casinos in northern California tend to be a bit smaller and many are located in more remote locations.
California Card Room Casinos
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 at http://www.cgcc.ca.gov.
Options for Gambling in California
All of the casinos in California offer slot machines. However, be aware that the Indian casinos in California aren’t required to release information on their slot machine percentage paybacks and the state of California does not require any minimum returns.
Unlike the casinos in California, in many U.S. states, the slot machine payback statistics for that particular state’s casinos are released as a matter of public record. Just click here to see a list of slot machine payback statistics for casinos in all U.S. states.
Unless otherwise noted, all California casinos are open 24 hours and offer: slots, video poker, and video keno. Optional games offered include baccarat, blackjack, Spanish 21, mini-baccarat, poker, pai gow poker, Caribbean stud poker, let it ride, three card poker, four card poker, bingo, casino war, and off-track betting.
Although most of the casinos have toll-free numbers, be aware that many of those numbers will only work for calls made within the state. Also, many of the California 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.
Gambling Laws in California
The minimum gambling age is not uniform at all casinos in California; it is 21 at some casinos and 18 at others. Unless noted otherwise, all California casinos are open 24 hours.
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For more information on visiting casinos in California or general tourism information, contact the state’s department of tourism at (800) 862-2543 or www.visitcalifornia.com.