Where You Can Play Online Poker In California
Can You Play Online Poker in California?
Regulation has been discussed but no recent movement.
Current California Gambling Laws
With such a huge population, the California market has always been extremely alluring when it comes to online poker. What's more, California has been exploring iGaming legislation for a while now.
When it comes to gambling laws, generally speaking, a few forms of gambling are legal in the state at present, including games offered in Native American casinos, parimutuel horse wagering, charitable gambling, the lottery, and card clubs.
Of greatest interest to poker players, of course, are the card clubs which have a long and storied history in the state. Originally confined to the Gardena area (home to the famous "California card clubs" of the century's middle decades and into the 1970s), such clubs now operate all over the state, with many either called or referred to these days as "casinos" rather than clubs, an indicator of their much larger size than the often modest-sized clubs of old. Several operate in the Los Angeles area, such as the very popular The Commerce Casino and Bicycle Casino each of which contain a couple of hundred tables.
Meanwhile when it comes to online gambling (and online poker), the topic has come up constantly, especially recently, but to date, lawmakers have been unable to bring together the various interests (including tribal interests, the horse racing industry, and the card clubs) to be able to progress for enough to pass legislation.
There are so-called "sweepstakes"-style online casinos operating in California where residents can play slots and other casino-style games for real money prizes. The states' lawmakers have also followed the path of other states to propose sports betting legislation in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May 2018 that the federal ban on sports betting was unconstitutional.
That said, such efforts appear somewhat stymied at present, and despite the many earlier attempts at pushing through an online gambling bill, that topic appears even less likely in the near term.
Best Online Poker Sites for California Players
None at present. But you can always play poker for free with the WSOP Social App.