Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA: California Indian Casinos

Chumash Casino Resort, an all-inclusive tribal casino resort in California, offers guests a wide variety of gaming activities and an award-winning vacation experience. It’s located on California’s central coast in the Santa Ynez Valley, set against golden hills close to Interstate-246.

Recently renovated in 2016, the casino features a brand new hotel and some of the most modern slot machines in the industry.

Chumash Casino Resort Fact Table

Year Opened1994
Phone Number800-248-6274
Address3400 East Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Number of Games2,300+
Minimum Age to Gamble21-years-old

Games At Chumash Casino

Chumash Casino’s main gaming floor includes 2,300 new and classic slot machines alongside 45 table games. Slot machines include crowd favorites like Winning Animals, Pharaoh’s Fury, and Lightning Link.

The 45 available table games are also quite diverse, and include Vegas-style table games and crowd favorites such as:

  • Blackjack
  • EZ Baccarat
  • Mystery Card Roulette
  • Three and Four-Card Poker
  • Pai Gow
  • Mississippi Stud
  • Spanish 21
  • Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em

There’s even a high-limits table game room that allows visitors to play blackjack for large sums. A dedicated cashier cage enhances the exclusive feel of the room and allows you to collect your cash quickly after winning big.

Chumash also features a dedicated poker room at the southern edge of the property. It’s a little small compared to other card rooms you can find throughout California. However, it’s still a great place to enjoy poker with fellow poker enthusiasts or test your skills at some of the tournaments that pop up every month.

Lastly, Chumash offers a sizable Bingo hall with regular events over the week and throughout most months. The Bingo hall even features its own amenities so that players can enjoy games without having to wander across the entire casino in search of a bathroom.

Events And Dining At Chumash Casino Resort

Beyond its plentiful gaming opportunities, Chumash is well known for its exciting events and entertainment offerings. Chumash is nestled in California wine country, which is an attraction in its own right. As such, it often plays hosts to local and regional musicians and performers.

The concert hall, which can hold up to 1,400 people, has been graced by famous performers including Al Green, Clint Black, Kenny Rogers, The Moody Blues, ZZ Top, and Johnny Mathis.

Chumash Casino also hosts The Star Voice competition show. The offerings are so eclectic that even mixed martial arts fans will be able to find matches and gambling opportunities here.


Visitors should also check out Willows, Chumash Casino’s Four Diamond fine dining restaurant. With over 160 wine bottles on the main wall, Willows offers comfortable seating and gourmet dishes inspired by California cuisine alongside fine dining favorites. 

Guests can also visit the Grains and Grounds café, which is open 24 hours daily, for small bites and coffee.  For casual dining, there’s a dedicated food court on the main gaming floor. Lastly, there’s a buffet restaurant that offers international cuisine and plenty of house-made specialty desserts. 

Other Amenities

The casino’s attached hotel has two towers: one is four stories tall, and the other is 12 stories tall. It includes a rooftop pool that is accessible for those staying in the hotel’s luxury suites.

For other guests, a 15,000 square foot pool is equipped with lounge chairs, cabanas and is the ideal relaxing point for many of the casino resort’s patrons. Guests looking for a bit of pampering can pop into one of nine spa treatment rooms for a touch of massage, face and nail treatments, and other goodies.

The Chumash Casino Resort comes with plenty of retail options. The Boutique dishes out designer apparel, whilst the Sundries Shop offers snacks and treats for players eager for a quick bite.

Many entertainment events can also be enjoyed on your visit to the Chumash Casino Resort, including comedians, concerts, wrestling, and more. If that still doesn’t sell Chumash to you, there is also a tour of the local wine country.

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History Of Chumash Casino

Chumash Casino Resort operates legally according to gambling agreements made between California tribes and the California state government. It originally opened in 1994 as a much smaller casino.

In 2002, the Chumash tribe began to expand the casino, making it one of its largest assets and totaling over 190,000 ft.². After the renovations, the new casino opened its doors again in 2003. The 106-room hotel opened in 2004, allowing the casino to offer a full resort experience.

In 2016, the casino closed once again for renovations that would add more gaming space and entertainment venues. Since reopening, the casino has received 13 AAA Four-Diamond Awards.


Chumash Casino Resort FAQ

How old do you have to be to gamble at Chumash Casino Resort?

Visitors must be 21-years-old or older to enter. The casino serves alcohol openly on the gambling floors, so the age limit is meant to prevent underage drinking. See our guide to 18+ gambling in California.

Is there valet parking at Chumash Casino Resort?

Yes. Chumash Casino offers both valet and options for self-parking.

What is "THE CLUB"?

“THE CLUB” is the name of Chumash Casino Resort’s membership program. If you sign up for the program and get a card, you’ll be able to earn special benefits and rewards. You get reward points for anything you do on casino premises. This includes playing games, purchasing food, and spa services.

Are there other promotions at Chumash?

Yes. The casino hosts daily promotions and drawings across all of its games except for poker. If you’re part of THE CLUB membership program, you’ll get additional rewards points if you win any of these promotions.

Who regulates the gambling activity at Chumash Casino Resort?

The National Indian Gaming Commission regulates Chumash Casino as well as other Indian casinos in California and across the country.

About the Author

Amber Hoffman

Amber is the Managing Editor of California Casinos. She writes for a variety of websites in diverse industries, including gaming and travel and is a fan of international football (not "soccer") and Gaelic sports.