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Gambling Industry History and Background

California's gambling industry was essentially unregulated prior to 1998. In 1984, the Legislature enacted the "Gaming Registration Act," which required the Attorney General's office to provide uniform, minimum regulation of California card rooms. In 1997, the Legislature enacted the “Gambling Control Act” to provide broader oversight of California’s gambling industry. (Chapter 867, Statutes of 1997).

In March 2000, California voters passed Proposition 1A to amend the Constitution and authorize the governor, with the approval of the legislature, to negotiate and conclude compacts for the operation of slot machines, lottery games and banking and percentage card games by federally recognized Indian tribes on Indian lands. It is important to note that the tribe and the state share a joint interest in ensuring that tribal gaming activities are free from criminal and other undesirable elements. The State is responsible for certifying each Tribe maintains on-site regulation of gaming operations and all aspects of the compact.

California Legal Forms of Gambling

Californians may engage in legal forms of gambling in Tribal Casinos, cardrooms, race tracks bingo halls, lottery retailers and charity events. Illegal forms of gambling include roulette and games with dice, internet gaming, cock fighting, and sports betting. Use the links below to learn more about gambling establishments, the games offered, odds of winning and regulations.

Gambling Terms

OPG believes a big part of treating problem gambling is understanding terms used by a gambler. We have created a "gambling terms” listing so that you can become familiar with some of the lingo used by a gambler. You should also become familiar with the types of legalized gambling in California and, if you are able, visit a tribal casino, cardroom, and/or horse racing track. You can also click one of the above links to learn more about California’s unique gambling industry.

Responsible Gambling Materials

Print Materials

"Freedom from Problem Gambling."
This self-help workbook for problem gamblers, developed by the UCLA Gambling Studies Program, is a tool for assisting people who are motivated to stop or reduce the problems associated with gambling. The workbook is NOT a substitute for professional help



Multi-Language Publications - download or order free multi-language publications, flyers, and posters highlighting responsible gambling guidelines.

Problem Gambling Media Campaigns

Public Service Announcements and Media Campaigns. OPG uses several different media in our Problem Gambling Prevention Services Program. We have produced radio spots, posters, brochures, billboards, and video Public Service Announcements.

California Cardroom Self-Restriction/Self-Exclusion Policy

Public Service Ads

including Multi-language Radio Ads, posters and outdoor ads.

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P.O. Box 997377 MS-8700
Sacramento, CA 95899
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