About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is a writer and contributor for California Casinos with plenty of experience under his belt. Dan has written three books about sports and previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. Currently, Dan is residing in Michigan with his family.

Marina City Council Reverses Decision on Parkwest Casino Card Room

February 17, 2023 | By: Dan Holmes

In a rapid reversal of its decision a month ago, the Marina City Council voted not to adopt proposed amendments regarding card rooms in the city, following pressure from citizens. That means development of a proposed new card room — Parkwest Casino Marina — is stalled. For now, at least. Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado admitted […]

Identity of $2 Billion Powerball Winner From California Revealed

February 16, 2023 | By: Dan Holmes

A California man named Edwin Castro has been identified as the winner of the record-setting $2.04 billion Powerball drawing from November 2022. The multi-state lottery jackpot winning ticket was sold at a retail location in Altadena on Nov. 7, 2022. Joe Chahayed, owner of Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, has been awarded a $1 million […]

Takeaways: CNIGA Chairman’s State of California Tribal Gaming Speech

February 15, 2023 | By: Dan Holmes

Calling California Indian Tribes “as resilient as ever,” California Nations Indians Gaming Association Chairman James Siva delivered a message of unity and strength in his annual State of the Tribal Nations speech earlier this week. Siva spoke in the general session portion of the Western Indian Gaming Conference held at Sycuan Casino Resort on Feb. […]

How San Diego Changed the Super Bowl Experience 35 Years Ago

February 8, 2023 | By: Dan Holmes

Visitors to San Diego enjoy the downtown and Gaslamp Quarter. Both amenities make the downtown area a joy for locals and tourists. San Diego also frequently tops list of best places to live or vacation in the US. But here’s a little-known fact: Many of the great attractions in San Diego wouldn’t exist if it […]

Top Super Bowl Daily Fantasy Contests on California DFS Sites

February 6, 2023 | By: Dan Holmes

For daily fantasy sports enthusiasts in California, the Super Bowl is the end of an exciting season, but also an opportunity for one final payoff. The top DFS apps — FanDuel DFS, DraftKings DFS, and others — have many Super Bowl DFS contest with big cash prizes. DraftKings DFS Super Bowl Contests The longest-running Super […]

Thunder Valley Casino Resort Set to Unveil $100 Million Concert Venue

January 24, 2023 | By: Dan Holmes

Valentine’s Day will be a sweetheart deal for everyone when Thunder Valley Casino Resort officially christens its new 4,500-seat, $100 million, state-of-the-art entertainment complex called The Venue at Thunder Valley on Feb. 14. Guests will be able to take a guided tour of the 150,000-square-foot venue days before it hosts its first event, a concert […]

No New Casinos in Sonoma County Until at Least 2035 … Probably

January 10, 2023 | By: Dan Holmes

A binding agreement between the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians and Sonoma County that prohibits the tribe from building a casino on its 277-acre property south of Petaluma will be extended. The agreement began in 2008 and was extended for 10 years in 2015. It will now be in place for another decade, […]

Why a Las Vegas Company Bought a Tiny California Town for $2.5 Million

January 5, 2023 | By: Dan Holmes

A Las Vegas-based entertainment company has purchased the California town of Nipton, a former mining community, with the intention of making it a circus town. Spiegelworld has paid a reported $2.5 million for Nipton, located in Ivanpah Valley in San Bernardino County, only an hour drive from Las Vegas. According to its website, the privately […]

Win-River Resort & Casino Relocation: Is It Going to Happen?

January 4, 2023 | By: Dan Holmes

The future of Win-River Resort & Casino in Redding, California, is up in the air. In late December, the Redding City Council voted unanimously to oppose the proposed move of the Win-River Resort & Casino to tribal-owned property near the city that many feel should remain agricultural land. The federal government will decide the issue. […]

Red Hawk Casino Adds Go-Kart Track, Bowling, Golf Simulators, Sports Bar

December 29, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

Red Hawk Casino, one of California’s largest casinos, has opened a new attraction called The Apex that features amusement and entertainment activities designed to attract families to the Sacramento-area venue. The Apex is an 80,000-square foot facility constructed on a parking garage adjacent Red Hawk Casino, which is located in Placerville, about 30 miles from […]