Can I Play Online Poker from California?

There are unregulated sites that accept players from California. However, the state does not have regulated poker sites like Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. The California tribes and card clubs would like this to change. Some of them have been working on getting regulated online poker passed since 2010.

California Online Poker: FAQ

Can I play online poker from California?

Yes, but none of these rooms are regulated by the state or federal government. For more information, see our US friendly poker rooms.

Where can I play live poker from California?

Brick and Mortar poker is offered all over the place. Unlike Nevada where people head to specific destinations like Las Vegas, Tahoe or Reno, California has poker just about everywhere.

Combining Card Rooms and Indian Casinos, there are hundreds of options. Looking at the California Card Rooms by the number of tables at CGCC, we see that the top 5 are in the greater Los Angeles area:

  1. Commerce Casino: 270
  2. Hawaiian Gardens: 175
  3. Bicycle Club: 175
  4. Hustler Casino: 91
  5. Hollywood Park: 90

Looking at the first quarter of 2014, we see Amount of Revenue from Each Compact Tribe Received by the Commission (we’re only showing those with 1.5m+ here):

  • Red Hawk Casino – Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona Tract): 3.8m
  • Valley View Casino & Hotel – San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of California: 2.3m
  • Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino – Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria: 1.9m
  • Sycuan Casino & Resort – Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation: 1.75m
  • Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino – Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California: 1.65m
  • Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa – Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation: 1.5m
  • Pala Casino Spa Resort – Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pala Reservation: 1.5m
  • Pechanga Resort & Casino – Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pechanga Reservation: 1.5m
  • San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino – San Manuel Band of Mission Indians: 1.5m
  • Thunder Valley Casino Resort – United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria of California: 1.5m
  • Viejas Casino – Viejas (Baron Long) Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Viejas Reservation: 1.5m
  • Cache Creek Casino Resort – Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation: 1.5m

What are the largest B&M casinos in my area?

We can break this down by showing the largest venues in the most populated areas.

A. Los Angeles Area

  • Commerce Casino
  • Hawaiian Gardens
  • Bicycle Club
  • Hustler Casino
  • Hollywood Park
  • San Manuel
  • Morongo

B. Bay Area

  • Lucky Chances
  • Bay 101
  • Graton

C. San Diego Area

  • Pechanga
  • Valley View
  • Sycuan
  • Agua Caliente
  • Pala
  • Viejas

D. Sacramento Area

  • Thunder Valley
  • Red Hawk
  • Jackson Rancheria
  • Cache Creek

E. Fresno Area

  • Tachi Palace
  • Chukchansi

Is your question not answered here? Feel free to contact us with your specific question, comment, or concern.

California Online Poker Summary

Although online poker isn’t regulated in California yet, there have been ongoing efforts for nearly a decade. Below we briefly summarize the legislation timeline and look to the future of online poker in CA.


Efforts to regulate online poker in California began in 2008 when Assemblyman Lloyd Levine introduced a measure to study the internet gaming issue. Other bills have been introduced since that time but the bills have not moved.

2009 to 2010

Senator Wright introduced a bill that didn’t move.

2011 to 2012

Senator Correa introduced SB 40 (poker) and Senator Wright introduced SB 45 (expanded). The bills did not get hearings. In that session the Senate passed a resolution asking California delegation to opt out of federal legislation.

2013 to 2014

Senator Wright had SB 51 until early 2014. At the end of the first session Senator Wright amended SB51 to come closer to the Senator Correa bill (SB 678). Neither bill got a hearing and the deadline was early 2014. On February 21, 2014 Senator Correa came out with bill SB-1366 which was basically SB 678 re-introduced. Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer came out with bill AB-2291 on that same date.


  • Senator Wright Bills: SB 45 –> SB 51
  • Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer Bill: AB 2291
  • Senator Correa Bills: SB 40 –> SB 678 –> SB 1366
  • The Senate governmental organizational committee has held 8 informational hearings on internet poker since 2009. An extensive record on i-poker has been established in the California Senate.

The policy arguments are established, now it is time for the politics to line up.

California has a limited window because the federal government is considering legislation that could impact the rights of states. Up to this point gaming has largely been a states right matter.

Sheldon Adelson wants to ban the entire scope of online gaming including poker on the federal level. Adelson is behind H.R. 4301 being introduced on March 26, 2014 by Congressional Representative Jason Chaffetz. Currently the Wire Act only applies to sports. The purpose of this bill is to expand the reach of the Wire Act such that freedoms are taken away from citizens.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid should have different ideas than Adelson seeing as Nevada has online poker.


The California iGaming Legislative Symposium was held on February 26, 2015 in Sacramento, CA. We summarized the meeting here. Overall, there are still issues to work through but the level of optimism is rising.

As of April, 2015, there are still no regulated online poker rooms active in California. However, it’s within the realm of possibility that a bill is finally passed and online poker is launched in late 2015 or early 2016. Only time will tell.

Most Recent California Articles

  • California Poker – iGaming Symposium
  • Posted by Eric Sprague on Mar 3, 2014
  • The iGaming Legislative Symposium covered online poker in California. The event was held on February 27, 2014 and it centered on bills AB 2291 and SB 1366. The speakers were cautiously optimistic that California will have online poker soon.
  • California Online Poker Part 2
  • Posted by Eric Sprague on Feb 21, 2014
  • Introduction Online poker is getting closer to reality in California.  This week it was reported that the California Attorney General refused to support a national ban on online poker.  In some ways California is simpler than other states like New Jersey because the legislation is focused on poker as opposed…

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