San Francisco and the towns directly surrounding it and somewhat stretching up the coast is known as the Bay Area and is an exciting urban destination. For the most part, what you're going to find in a Bay Area casino is Holdem style poker, and the 'California Card Games'. Of course the indian casinos also have class II slot machines. The largest casino is likely the Oaks Club. The most elegant casino located in the Bay Area is perhaps the 101 casino located in Petaluma. Forgive us if we go a little bit outside of what locals may consider 'Bay Area' but we want to make sure that we include most nearby casinos for travelers.
San Francisco Casinos: There actually aren't any casinos located in San Francisco County, not legally operating anyway. So you will need to check out some of the listings below. If you're visiting San Francisco and looking for a casino or live in the county there are plenty of motor coaches that will pick you up and bring you out to a casino, like the one offered by River Rock casino in Sonoma county. In fact, the express shuttle service offered by River Rock is available to individuals and to small groups. The last time we checked, the price of passage was right around 8 bucks.
If you are a horse racing fan you're in luck if you don't mind a short ride over the Bay Bridge. Head East on 80 towards Sacramento - get off in Berkeley for Golden Gate Fields horse track.
Bay Area Casinos in Alameda County: Oaks Card Club is one of the oldest of the Bay City casinos. As the largest casino in Alameda county, Oaks Card Club features 40 gambling tables. The casino is open around the clock, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. One of the smallest casinos in Alameda County is the Lucky Buck Casino which began as a one table poker operation in the back of a bowling alley. Lucky Buck, now located independently in East Bay, now features 10 poker tables. Other Bay Area casinos are located in Alameda County and include the Palace Card Club, and Livermore Casino.
Contra Costa Casinos: There are 3 casinos in Contra Costa County: California Grand Casino, Kelly's Card room, and the Nineteenth Hole. There's not much going on in the latter two, but the California Grand Casino is a particularly interesting casino located in Contra Costa. What makes this Bay Area casino so interesting is actually how it came to be. Back in 1854, the casino was well ahead of it's time. It was known as the Woodford Hotel and Saloon and became popular for offering the 49ers (gold rush) just what they were after, women, cards, and stiff drinks.
As the years went by, they went through many changes, and updates, and a even a couple of names. Today they're in a flashy new location, and pretty much 'your best bet in the bay area'. The casino offers Hot Action Blackjack, Buster Blackjack, Holdem, Three Card Poker, Omaha 8, Pai Gow, and 7 Stud.
Casinos in Marin County: North of the Bay, you will run into Marin. There's actually just one casino in Marin County, Pete's 881 Club, formerly known as Club San Rafael. The previous owner's name was Pete. When Pete had a stroke the casino was placed in his sons hands - it is now run by his widow who renamed the casino Pete's 881. Pete's is open for gaming everyday but Tuesday. The casino offers both NL Holdem and $3/$6 games in addition to daily tournament events.
Napa County Casinos: Since the closing of Hemple's casino there's just one casino in this section of Bay Area. Napa Valley Casino features Texas Holdem, Omaha Hi/Lo, Fortune Pai Gow, and Blackjack Games
San Mateo County area Casinos: San Mateo County is the home of two casinos, Artichoke Joe's (How can anyplace named after an artichoke not be the best place in the world) and Lucky Chances.
Artichoke Joe's offers just about every poker game you can name. Definitely one of the nicer casinos with the best selection of games. This casino is comparable to Oaks Card Club in stature and game selections.
Santa Clara Casinos: There are three casinos located in Santa Clara County, Bay 101, Garlic City Casino and Garden City Casino. Garden City Casino offers Holdem games in two varieties both Omaha Hi/Low Split and traditional Texas Holdem. They also offer a few other California casino games. Garden Cities casino floor hosts 3 Card Poker, Baccarat Gold, Double Hand Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, and Pure 21.5 Blackjack.
Bay 101 Casino also offers all of the California casino games including; Three Card Poker, Baccarat Gold, Double Hand Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, and Pure 21.5 Blackjack. Bay City Casino hosts WPT tournaments in exciting spread limit fashion.
Garlic City Casino: If like many others, you heard the name Garlic City Casino and your mouth started watering for the fabulous garlic spiced flavors of Italy, you like those others will be disappointed to learn that Garlic City Casino features no Italian food. None. However, there's always Olive Garden for your Italian Fare, and Garden City does feature pretty tasty taco's on Friday nights. In addition the casino offers weekly bankroll builder tournament events. A $1500 monthly freeroll with High Hand games on the first Sunday of each month.
The taco toting casino, Garlic City Casino is open Monday through Friday at 2 in the afternoon and at 9am on weekends.
Solano County Casinos: The closing of Pastime Club Casino left this section of the Bay area, bereft and without a decent card room, or any card room at all actually. At this time there are no legally licensed and operating casinos in Solano County.
Casinos in Sonoma County: 101 Casino, the only casino available in this part of the Bay Area, is a classy casino that provides Petaluma visitors an upscale non-smoking environment to play cards in. There aren't any slot machines in this or any of the Bay Area casinos, but this casino does serve an amazing steak!
All regular California casino games are on offer at 101 Casino in Petaluma, in addition to the two Poker games offered at the Bay area casino, Holdem and Omaha Hi/Lo.