Introduction to California Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
California slot machine casino gambling consists of 66 tribal casinos, and many cardrooms spread throughout the state. California has the second-largest number of casinos of any U.S. state.
Tribal-state gaming compacts for tribes in California have not set payout limits nor require return statistics to be publicly available.
This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in California*
The minimum legal gambling age in California depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 18/21
- Poker Rooms: 18/21
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
The minimum gambling age for land-based casinos and poker rooms depends upon whether alcohol is served onsite.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in California
It is legal to own a slot machine privately in California if it is 25 years old or older.
Gaming Control Board in California
The California Gambling Control Commission regulates gambling in card rooms. The CGCC also supports the regulation of tribal gaming through oversight activities as defined in 61 tribal-state compacts.
Further, the Bureau of Gambling Control within California’s Department of Justice provides the state law enforcement authority with particular jurisdiction over gambling activities.
Casinos in California
There are 86 non-tribal card rooms with 1,970 tables, 66 American Indian tribal casinos, ten pari-mutuel racetracks without slot machines, and many international cruise ships based in California.
The largest casino in California is San Manuel Casino having over 4,700 gaming machines and 130 table games.
The second-largest casino is Thunder Valley Casino Resort having over 3,400 gaming machines and 114 table games.
Commercial Casinos in California
There are no non-tribal casinos with slot machines in California.
Tribal Casinos in California
California’s 66 tribal casinos are:
- Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Palm Springs, located 115 miles east of Los Angeles.
- Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, located 115 miles east of Los Angeles.
- Augustine Casino in Coachella, located 125 miles east of Los Angeles.
- Barona Resort & Casino in Lakeside, located 15 miles northeast of San Diego.
- Bear River Casino Hotel in Loleta, located 10 miles south of Eureka;
- Black Oak Casino Resort in Tuolumne, located 100 miles southeast of Sacramento.
- Blue Lake Casino & Hotel in Blue Lake, located 10 miles north of Eureka.
- Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, located 35 miles northwest of Sacramento.
- Cahuilla Casino in Anza, located 30 miles south of Palm Springs.
- Casino Pauma in Pauma Valley, located 35 miles northeast of San Diego.
- Cher-Ae Heights Casino in Trinidad, located 25 miles north of Eureka.
- Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown, located 100 miles southeast of Sacramento.
- Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, located 35 miles north of Fresno.
- Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, located 40 miles northwest of Santa Barbara.
- Colusa Casino Resort in Colusa, located 75 miles north of Sacramento.
- Coyote Valley Casino in Redwood Valley, located 115 miles north of San Francisco.
- Desert Rose Casino in Alturas, located 100 miles north of Susanville.
- Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel in Susanville, located 160 miles northeast of Sacramento.
- Eagle Mountain Casino in Porterville, located 60 miles southeast of Fresno.
- Elk Valley Casino in Crescent City, located 84 miles north of Eureka.
- Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, located 125 miles east of Los Angeles.
- Feather Falls Casino & Lodge in Oroville, located 100 miles north of Sacramento.
- Garcia River Casino in Point Arena, located 130 miles north of San Francisco.
- Gold Country Casino Resort in Oroville, located 100 miles north of Sacramento.
- Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center in Campo, located 40 miles southeast of San Diego.
- Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, located 50 miles north of San Francisco.
- Hard Rock Casino & Hotel Sacramento at Fire Mountain in Wheatland, located 36 miles north of Sacramento – GRAND OPENING November 2, 2019..
- Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Valley Center, located 35 miles northeast of San Diego.
- Havasu Landing Resort & Casino in Havasu Lake, located 200 miles east of Los Angeles.
- Hidden Oaks Casino in Covelo, located 150 miles northwest of Sacramento.
- Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort in Jackson, located 50 miles north of Los Angeles.
- Jamul Casino in Jamul, located 10 miles east of San Diego.
- Konocti Vista Casino Resort in Lakeport, located 120 miles north of San Francisco.
- Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River, located 100 miles north of Eureka.
- Lucky Bear Casino in Hoopa, located 30 miles northeast of Eureka.
- Mono Wind Casino in Auberry, located 30 miles northeast of Fresno.
- Morongo Casino Resort Spa in Cabazon, located 90 miles east of Los Angeles.
- Paiute Palace Casino in Bishop, located 130 miles northeast of Fresno.
- Pala Casino Spa Resort in Pala, located 35 miles northeast of San Diego.
- Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, located 50 miles north of San Diego.
- Pit River Casino in Burney, located 190 miles north of Sacramento.
- Quechan Casino Resort in Winterhaven, located 170 miles east of San Diego.
- Rain Rock Casino in Yreka, located 250 miles north of Sacramento.
- Red Earth Casino in Salton Sea Beach, located 114 miles southeast of Riverside.
- Red Fox Casino in Laytonville, located 150 miles northwest of Sacramento.
- Red Hawk Casino in Placerville, located 40 miles east of Sacramento.
- Redwood Hotel and Casino in Klamath, located 65 miles north of Eureka.
- River Rock Casino in Geyserville, located 75 miles north of San Francisco.
- Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, located 115 miles northwest of Sacramento.
- Rolling Hills Casino Resort in Corning, located 115 miles north of Sacramento.
- Running Creek Casino in Upper Lake, located 120 miles northwest of Sacramento.
- San Manuel Casino in Highland, located 65 miles east of Los Angeles.
- San Pablo Lytton Casino in San Pablo, located 15 miles north of Oakland.
- Sherwood Valley Rancheria Casino in Willits, located 130 miles north of San Francisco.
- Soboba Casino Resort in San Jacinto, located 90 miles east of Los Angeles.
- Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, located 130 miles east of Los Angeles.
- Sycuan Casino & Resort in El Cajon, located 10 miles east of San Diego.
- Table Mountain Casino in Friant, located 15 miles north of Fresno.
- Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, located 50 miles south of Fresno.
- Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, located 35 miles northeast of Sacramento.
- Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms, located 125 miles east of Los Angeles.
- Twin Pine Casino & Hotel in Middletown, located 100 miles north of San Francisco.
- Valley View Casino & Hotel in Valley Center, located 35 miles northeast of San Diego.
- Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine, located 25 miles east of San Diego.
- Win-River Casino in Redding, located 163 miles north of Sacramento.
- Winnedumah Winn’s Casino in Independence, located 90 miles east of Fresno.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying California slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering California is:
- North: Oregon Slots
- East: Nevada Slots and Arizona Slots
- South: The country of Mexico
- West: Pacific Ocean
Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that neighboring state to California.
Our California Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in California? If so, join our new California slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to join this closed Facebook Group freely.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling in or near California. Join us!
Payout Returns in California
Tribal-state gaming compacts negotiated between the state of California and its 61 tribes do not include payout limits or require public reporting of return statistics.
Summary of California Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
California slot machine casino gambling consists of 66 land-based tribal casinos, generally located in remote tribal lands throughout the state.
As negotiated by 61 tribes with the state, neither minimum or maximum payout limits are set for slot machines. Further, there is no public reporting of return statistics.
Annual Progress in California Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In less than a month from the time of this writing, Hard Rock Sacramento will open on November 2, 2019. Previously branded Fire Mountain Casino, construction had halted in 2016 due to a court order. After a name-change by its new operators, Hard Rock International, this tribal casino project was successfully revitalized and completed.
Otherwise, in the last year, two casinos changed their names and another permanently closed. These casinos are:
- Spa Resort Casino became the Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs.
- Sho-Ka-Wah Casino in Hopland permanently closed.
- Hollywood Casino Jamul became Jamul Casino and is still operated by Hollywood Casino.
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