California has a fairly loyal attitude toward gambling. It offers online gambling, charity gambling, lotteries, and betting on horse races. But you have to visit a tribal casino if you want to play video poker or slot machines.
The California government regulates and licenses establishments with card tables. But it prohibits them from betting on any machines.
History of Gambling in California
Gambling in California originated in the mid-19th century during the Gold Rush. People wanted to make big money quickly and easily. The peak of gambling in the state lasted from 1849 to 1855. In those days, gambling was played everywhere you could.
But things changed in the second half of the 19th century, and gambling began to be banned. Later, gambling was used to control cities. Thus, gambling laws became stricter. There were penalties for visiting and owning casinos.
During the Great Depression, the government changed its mind again. California began to legalize gambling.
Having studied the entire history of gambling in California, we have highlighted the most significant dates in the world of gambling:
- 1933 – Betting on horse races became legal in the state;
- 1984 – The California Lottery was created;
- 1998 – revision of gambling control law that controlled cardrooms;
- 2000 – government allowed tribal casinos to operate;
- 2007 – Bureau of Gaming Control was created.
Currently, the gambling business brings the state budget more than a hundred million dollars.