California is the most populous state in the US. It is also one of the few that has legalized poker. Unlike Nevada or Atlantic City, which legalized all gambling, in California only poker and a few other card games are legal for gambling purposes (except the lottery and horse racing, of course). Accordingly, a number of companies and rooms have sprung up to focus on offering poker to the public.

Interestingly, unlike most of the US, poker rooms in California are not usually part of larger casinos but are standalone poker/card halls in their own right that offer mainly poker, with additional card games like 21st Century Blackjack and Pan on the side. This results in a particular business focus on poker that can be most gratifying for a serious player. California has currently placed a moratorium on opening new cardrooms, or expanding existing cardrooms, through 2015; ironically (though obviously), this ban has been extended from its previous expiration date of 2007 by heavy lobbying from existing cardrooms.

San Francisco Bay Area[edit | edit source]

Size Rating City Casino Name & Link Games Other
L 5chip.gif Colma (San Francisco) Lucky Chances Casino L NS O8 No Smoking Jackpots
L 4chip.gif Emeryville (Oakland) Oaks Card Club L O8 7 No Smoking Jackpots
S 1chip.gif Gilroy Garlic City Club S No Smoking Jackpots
M 2chip.gif Hayward Palace Card Club L N No Smoking Jackpots
M 4chip.gif Pacheco (Martinez) California Grand Casino L N O8 No Smoking Jackpots
L 4chip.gif San Bruno (SFO Airport) Artichoke Joe's L N O8 No Smoking Jackpots
L 5chip.gif San Jose Bay 101 L NS 7 No Smoking
L 4chip.gif San Jose Casino M8trix L N No Smoking
L 3chip.gif San Pablo Casino San Pablo L N 7 Smoky Room Jackpots Full casino
S 2chip.gif San Rafael Club San Rafael L N O8 No Smoking
S 1chip.gif Santa Cruz Ocean View Card Room L N O8 No Smoking
Sacramento area
S 3chip.gif Citrus Heights The Lucky Derby L NS O8 No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif Citrus Heights Phoenix Casino L N O8 No Smoking Jackpots
S 1chip.gif Folsom Lake Bowl Card Room L N No Smoking
S 2chip.gif Lincoln Thunder Valley Casino L N Full casino
S 2chip.gif Rancho Cordova Rancho's Club L O8 B No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif Sacramento Capitol Casino L N No Smoking Indoor Smoking Room Jackpots
S 3chip.gif Sacramento Casino Royale L N No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif Sacramento Limelight Bar L B No Smoking
S 1chip.gif Sacramento Silver Fox L No Smoking Jackpots
Other Northern California
S 3chip.gif American Canyon Napa Valley Casino L N O8 No Smoking
S 2chip.gif Antioch 19th Hole L No Smoking
S 2chip.gif Antioch Kelly's Casino L N No Smoking
S 2chip.gif Atascadero Outlaws Card Parlour L O8 No Smoking Jackpots
S 1chip.gif Auburn Deuces Wild Casino N No Smoking Jackpots
M 3chip.gif Bakersfield Golden West Casino L O8 N No Smoking Jackpots
S 1chip.gif Benicia Pastime L O8 [[Crazy O8|C]] Smoky Room
M 3chip.gif Brooks (west of Sacramento) Cache Creek Casino L N Smoky Room Jackpots Full casino
S 2chip.gif Cameron Park (east of Sacramento) Blacksheep Casino Company N No Smoking
S 3chip.gif Coarsegold Chukchansi Gold L N No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
- - Chico Angie's Poker Club
S 3chip.gif Clovis (near Fresno) 500 Club L NS O8 No Smoking Jackpots
S 3chip.gif Colusa Colusa Casino Resort L No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
L 4chip.gif Fresno Club One L NS O8 No Smoking Jackpots
S 3chip.gif Friant (near Fresno) Table Mountain Casino L N No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
S 3chip.gif Geyserville River Rock Casino L N No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
S 2chip.gif Grover Beach Central Coast Casino L No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif Hopland Sho-Ka-Wah Casino L N Smoky Room Jackpots Full casino
S 2chip.gif Isleton Hotel Del Rio and Casino L No Smoking
S 2chip.gif Isleton Rogelio's L No Smoking
M 3chip.gif Jackson Jackson Rancheria L N O8 Full casino No Smoking Jackpots (web)
(No Poker) Lakeport Konocti Vista Casino Does not offer poker anymore
M 3chip.gif Lemoore Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino L N No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
M 3chip.gif Livermore Lucky Buck Card Club L O8 No Smoking Jackpots
S 1chip.gif Livermore Livermore Saloon and Casino L No Smoking Jackpots
S 1chip.gif Lodi Jack's Back Card Room B Smoky Room
(No Poker) Madera La Primavera Pool Hall Does not offer poker anymore
S 2chip.gif Marina Marina Club N S No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif Marina Mortimer's Card Room L N No Smoking
S 3chip.gif Manteca Casino Real L N O8 No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif Merced Merced Poker Room L O8 No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif Merced Poker Flats Casino L No Smoking Jackpots
(No Poker) Napa Hemphill Card Room No longer exists
S 2chip.gif Nice Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino L N Smoky Room Jackpots Full casino (web)
S 2chip.gif Oakdale Mike's Card Casino L O8 No Smoking Jackpots
- - Oroville Feather Falls Casino
- - Oroville Gold Country Casino
S 2chip.gif Paso Robles Central Coast Casino S N No Smoking Jackpots
M 3chip.gif Petaluma The 101 Casino L N O8 No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif Petaluma River Card Room L N O8 7H No Smoking
- - Porterville Eagle Mountain Casino
S 2chip.gif Redding Win-River Casino L N O8 No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
(Closed) Salinas Cap's Saloon Closed
S 3chip.gif Salinas Bankers Casino L N No Smoking
S 1chip.gif Soledad Ven-A-Mexico   No Smoking
S 1chip.gif Stockton Saigon Casino Club L No Smoking Jackpots
S 1chip.gif Stockton Delta Card Room L No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif Stockton Cameo Club L N No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif Tracy Comstock Card Club L N No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif Turlock Turlock Poker Room L O8 No Smoking
S 1chip.gif Watsonville Cesar's Club S No Smoking

Los Angeles area[edit | edit source]

Size Rating City Casino Name & Link Games Other
XL 5chip.gif Bell Gardens Bicycle Casino L N 7 7H O8 M No Smoking Jackpots
XL 5chip.gif Commerce Commerce Casino L N P 7 7H No Smoking Jackpots
M 2chip.gif Compton Crystal Casino L No Smoking
S 2chip.gif Cudahy Club Caribe L No Smoking Jackpots
L 5chip.gif Gardena Hustler Casino L N O8 No Smoking Jackpots
L 3chip.gif Gardena Normandie Casino L N No Smoking Jackpots
XL 3chip.gif Hawaiian Gardens Hawaiian Gardens L N O8 7 7H M No Smoking Jackpots
L 4chip.gif Inglewood Hollywood Park L N O8 7 No Smoking Jackpots
San Diego area
M - Chula Vista Village Club L O8 No Smoking (web)
S 2chip.gif San Diego Lucky Lady Card Room L N B No Smoking Jackpots
S 2chip.gif San Diego Palomar Card Club L N No Smoking Jackpots
M 3chip.gif Alpine, east of San Diego Viejas L N Full casino
M 3chip.gif Lakeside Barona Casino L N Jackpots Full casino
L 4chip.gif Oceanside Ocean's Eleven L N O8 7H No Smoking Jackpots
S 3chip.gif - Sycuan Casino L N No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
S 3chip.gif Valley Center Valley View Casino L N O No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
M 3chip.gif Valley Center Harrah's Rincon L N No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
Other Southern California
S 1chip.gif Blythe Bruce's Bar and Casino L No Smoking
M 3chip.gif Cabazon, About 20 miles West of Palm Springs Casino Morongo L N No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
S 2chip.gif Campo / Boulevard Golden Acorn Casino L Full casino
S 2chip.gif Coachella, east of Palm Springs Spotlight 29 L N No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
S 1chip.gif El Centro Tommy's Bar and Casino L N No Smoking
M 4chip.gif Highland San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino L N O8 7 No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
L 3chip.gif Lake Elsinore Lake Elsinore Hotel & Casino L N O8 7H Jackpots No Smoking
M 3chip.gif Pala Pala Casino Spa Resort L N No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
S 1chip.gif Pauma Valley Casino Pauma L N Smoky Room Jackpots Full casino
M 3chip.gif Rosamond (north of L.A.) Diamond Jim's Casino L N O8 Jackpots
S 2chip.gif San Jacinto Soboba Casino L N No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
M 3chip.gif Santa Ynez Chumash Casino L N No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
L 4chip.gif Temecula Pechanga Resort & Casino L N O8 7 7H No Smoking Jackpots Full casino
S 2chip.gif Ventura Players Poker Club
S 3chip.gif Winterhaven Quechan Paradise Casino L N No Smoking Full casino

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