About the Author

Matthew Bain

Matthew Bain started as News Editor and Content Manager at California Casinos in 2022. Before that, he spent six years as a sports reporter and then deputy sports editor for the Des Moines Register, during which time he won nine statewide journalism awards, including the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award. As deputy sports editor, Matthew oversaw the Register's recruiting coverage while also innovating the outlet's high school sports coverage. Matthew graduated from San Diego State and grew up in California, but he's somehow a Boston Celtics fan. Long story.

The 10 Biggest Casinos in California – December 2022

December 6, 2022 | By: Matthew Bain

Currently, California tribal casinos are the only locations CA residents can legally play casino games such as slots and table games. Online casinos aren’t legal in the state. And California card rooms can only offer poker. So you’d better believe these California Indian casinos are popular. In fact, the state’s 66 operating casinos from 63 […]

Global Poker 25 Days of Christmas: Everything You Need to Know

November 30, 2022 | By: Matthew Bain

Now that California sports betting has been firmly rejected by the state’s voters, chances are more and more California residents seeking online gambling will turn to online poker. And there’s no better option in California than Global Poker. (In fact, there’s no other option. At least not a legal one.) Global poker is a sweepstakes […]

Sacramento’s Magnolia House Casino May Open New Card Room

November 28, 2022 | By: Matthew Bain

A new card room could be coming to California. Or, perhaps just a rebranded card room at a familiar site. Epoch Casino Inc. has filed with the state for a license to sell alcohol at the Magnolia House Casino site in Rancho Cordova, just east of Sacramento. The license application, which was filed Nov. 16 […]

FanDuel President: CA Tribes Weren’t Always Anti-Online Sports Betting

November 17, 2022 | By: Matthew Bain

During a company presentation Wednesday, FanDuel President Christian Genetski claimed the large California tribes who so vehemently fought against Prop 27 weren’t always so opposed to online sports betting in California. “I don’t want to go into too much detail about all the conversations we had along the way,” Genetski said. ” … Suffice it […]

New Poker TV Series to Be Filmed at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in CA

November 16, 2022 | By: Matthew Bain

Already a poker star on YouTube, The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens, California, will now be the setting for a poker TV series. Bally Sports will broadcast a new show, called “Bally’s Big Bet Poker,” that expands on its already wildly popular YouTube series, “Live At The Bike.” New episodes will air Fridays […]

Report: Most & Least Expensive NBA Arenas to See a Game

November 16, 2022 | By: Matthew Bain

Watching basketball at home or at a bar is an experience, but there’s nothing like watching a slam dunk in person or hearing a crowd of thousands cheer on their favorite NBA team. However, going to a sports game comes at a price, and it’s not always cheap. Our new report uses data to determine […]

Record-Breaking $2.04 Billion Powerball Ticket Bought in California

November 8, 2022 | By: Matthew Bain

A ticket bought in California won a world-record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot on Tuesday — which is, ironically, the day voters determine California’s sports betting future. This is the largest jackpot (Powerball or Mega Millions) ever. The winning numbers: 10, 33, 41, 47, 56. And the Powerball was 10. The winning ticket was sold just […]

Here’s the Language for Prop 26 and Prop 27 on the California Ballot

November 7, 2022 | By: Matthew Bain

The 2022 midterms election is tomorrow. For Californians, that means we’ll finally get an answer to the sports betting question: Prop 26 or Prop 27? Or neither? When California voters head to the polls on Nov. 8, they’ll have the option to vote for Prop 26 (in-person sports betting at Indian casinos and horse racetracks), […]

Final NASCAR Race at Auto Club Speedway to Be Called Pala Casino 400

November 7, 2022 | By: Matthew Bain

One of the best California Indian casinos has landed a major sponsorship deal with NASCAR. Pala Casino Spa Resort, owned by the Pala Band of Mission Indians in Pala, California, is the title sponsor for the final NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway. It will be called the Pala Casino 400, the casino announced in […]