About California Cardrooms
Alongside local ordinances, the California Gambling Control Act of 1998 provides guidelines for how cardrooms may operate. Unlike tribal casinos, California cardrooms do not contain slot machines or “banked” games, but rather allow patrons to play a large number of poker and table games. Cardrooms are unique in that instead of serving as a “house” for games like tribal casinos do, players are afforded the chance to act as the dealer at each table. California is home to 88 licensed cardrooms, which claim more than 1,900 tables for various games as well as many temporary tournament tables reserved for high-caliber play.
Cardroom Job Creation
Cardrooms employ more than 23,000 individuals across the state, affording employees a stable job with dependable upward mobility. Many of these employees live in underserved communities with little to no prior training, providing them with a living-wage job that they would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. These local jobs have lifted families up, allowing parents to provide for their people and even put their children through higher education.
California Cardrooms generate more than $2 billion in economic activity.