While there are no specific laws in California online casinos laws relating specifically to the legal status of casinos online in California, all online casino options are considered illegal under current general guidelines in the state.
Don’t be fooled by the many recommendation sites into accepting that the many off-shore online casinos are legal for play in California. They are not.
We advise all potential online casino players in the state to obey the implicit interpretation of the California gambling laws that online casinos are considered to be illegal.
With the exceptions of legal DFS games, lottery and horse & greyhound racing, (and possibly soon online poker, see ‘Online Poker Laws in California’ below), other online gambling options are still illegal in California until deemed otherwise.
Poker Room Culture in California
California has the most developed ‘Poker Room Culture’ in the United States. There are more than 40 Poker Rooms (or ‘Card Clubs’ as they are colloquially known as in the Golden State). The State’s residents are never usually more than 20-minutes-drive from their nearest ‘card club’ and more than 1300 tables are available at Poker Rooms throughout California.
With that kind of poker culture, it’s hardly surprising that the state has the most poker variations outside of Vegas including; Pineapple Poker, Omaha Hi-Lo, Limit Hold’em, No Limit Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, 7 Card Stud, and many others.
Online Poker Laws
With an advanced Poker Culture in California, it is no wonder that the state’s lawmakers are leading-the-way as proponents of Online Poker.
Whilst Online Poker is still illegal in California, it seems it is-only-a-matter-of-time until online poker is legalized. There has been a new online poker legalization bill introduced into the Californian State Legislature each year since 2007, yet none has been passed to legalize online poker in the state.