Introduction to California Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2018
California slot machine casino gambling consists of 66 American Indian casinos. Since these tribal casinos are located on reservations, they are generally found in out-of-the-way locations. Consequently many include the amenity of a luxurious golf course.
There are an additional 108 gambling establishments in California, including card rooms and pari-mutuel horse racing facilities as well as off track betting options.
The tribal casinos in California were established through negotiated tribal-state compacts, of which none have included any requirements regarding payout returns.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in California*
The minimum 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 vary because it depends upon whether or not the specific casino serves alcohol. If it does, the minimum age is 21.
California has 61 federally recognized American Indian tribes with casinos having successfully negotiated and currently have non-expired tribal-state compacts.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in California
Personal ownership of slot machines 25 years or older is legal.
Gaming Control Board in California
Prior to 1984, gambling was unregulated in California. Now, it has tribal casinos, a lottery, legal cardrooms, pari-mutuel racetracks, simulcast facilities, and bingo.
These legal gambling options are regulated by the following state agencies:
- California Gambling Control Commission
- Tribal Casinos
- Tribal Casinos
- California Horse Racing Board
- Pari-mutuel Wagering Horse Racing
- Simulcast Facilities
- Pari-mutuel Wagering Horse Racing
- California Lottery Commission
Further, the Bureau of Gambling Control within California’s Department of Justice provides the state law enforcement authority with special jurisdiction over gambling activities.
Casinos in California
California has 66 American Indian tribal casinos. Additionally, it also has 109 non-tribal casinos without slots, such as card rooms, pari-mutuel horse racing, and sites for
The largest casino in California is San Manuel Casino in Highland, having over 4,800 gaming machines and 125 table games.
The second largest casino is Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, having over 3,100 gaming machines and 114 table games.
All of California’s casinos, of any variety, can be located on this Google Map.
List of Casinos in California
For those interested in card table games, here is a list and map of California card rooms, as maintained by the California Gambling Control Commission.
For those interested in horse racing, here is a list and map of California pari-mutuel wagering racetracks, training facilities, and simulcast locations.
List of Tribal Casinos in California
California’s 66 tribal casinos are:
- 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 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 (Shodakai 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 & Hotel 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.
- 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.
- Hollywood Casino – Jamul in Jamul, located 10 miles east of San Diego.
- Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel in Jackson, located 50 miles north of Los Angeles.
- Konocti Vista Casino 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 Casino in Klamath, located 65 miles north of Eureka.
- River Rock Casino in Geyserville, located 75 miles north of San Francisco.
- Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, located 115 miles northwest of Sacramento.
- Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, located 115 miles north of Sacramento;
- Running Creek Casino in Upper Lake, located 120 miles northwest of Sacramento.
- San Manuel Indian Bingo & 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.
- Sho-Ka-Wah Casino in Hopland, located 100 miles north of San Francisco.
- Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, located 90 miles east of Los Angeles.
- Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, located 115 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 and 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
California also has the State Lottery as controlled by the California Lottery Commission.
As an alternative to enjoying California slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state.
California is bordered by:
- North: Oregon Slots.
- East: Nevada Slots and Arizona Slots.
- South: Mexico.
- West: Pacific Ocean with Hawaii Slots.
Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that state bordering California.
Payout Returns in California
California tribal casinos were allowed through tribal-state compacts. These negotiated compacts do not include a requirement for a minimum payout return on slot machines.
Further, these compacts do not require that California tribes publicly report actual payout return statistics.
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Summary of California Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2018
California slot machine casino gambling includes the second largest number of casinos of any U.S. state, second only to Nevada. However, only 66 of its 174 gambling establishments are tribal casinos having electronic gaming machines such as slots.
As regulated by their tribal-state compacts, American Indian tribes in California are not required to release their slot machines payout return percentages. Furthermore, no minimum payout return was established.
Two new casinos had been planned to open in 2018, Rain Rock Casino and Hard Rock Fire Mountain Casino. Rain Rock Casino has successfully opened, and offers 349 slot machines.
However, Hard Rock Fire Mountain Casino in Yuba County had construction halted in 2016 due to a court order. With the new partnership with Hard Rock International, an official announcement to begin construction again is expected relatively soon.
Annual Progress in California Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In the last year, San Manuel Casino in Highland has grown from being the second largest casino in the state to the largest. At the same time, Pechanga Resort Casino has moved from the top position to no longer being within the top two largest casinos in California.
Also, Rain Rock Casino successfully opened in early 2018 as planned. But, the planned opening of Fire Mountain Casino in late 2018 was been moved to late 2019 as well as having its name updated to Hard Rock Fire Mountain Casino.
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