San Diego Casinos


Locations – Most Casinos are East of I-15 either along Highway I-8 or North of SR-78

Features: Comparison of San Diego Casinos Including Types of Games offered by the Casinos, What Casinos Offer Non-Smoking Gambling, What Casinos Allow Gambling for Those Under 21, What Casinos offer Live Entertainment, and What Casinos offer Resort Facilities. Also, Information on Gambling Addiction Help.

Comparison of San Diego Casinos

There are nearly a dozen Indian Casinos in San Diego County, more than any other county in the country. This web site includes information on the six largest casinos. Going from north to south, they are Pala Casino, Harrah’s Rincon Casino, Valley View Casino, Viejas Casino, Barona Valley Casino, and Sycuan Casino. (Note that the Ocean’s Eleven Casino in Oceanside is not an Indian Casino but rather a card room offering Poker, Blackjack and Pai Gow. Oceans Eleven does not offer slots or the other games that will be mentioned for the Indian Casinos.) The following information will give you an idea of what casinos may interest you. For more details, select the casino of interest for a more extensive profile and links to additional information on the casino web site.

Casino Games

Following is a list of games offered by the Indian Casinos:

  • All of the Indian Casinos in San Diego offer Slot Machines (including Penny Slots), Poker, Blackjack, and Pai Gow.
  • Almost all of the Indian Casinos offer Baccarat and Roulette. The only exception is Valley View Casino.
  • Craps is available at all but Viejas Casino and Valley View Casino.
  • Bingo is played at all but Pala Casino and Valley View Casino.

Age Limits

Players must be 21 at Pala Casino, Valley View Casino, and Harrah’s Rincon Casino.

Players must be 18 at Viejas Casino, Barona Valley Casino, and Sycuan Casino.

California Law on Casino Games Using Dice

California law requires the outcome of all games to be determined by the use of cards. Thus, visitors who have played casino games in Las Vegas involving dice will find slight variations when gambling in California. For example, Harrah’s Rincon Casino uses a traditional craps table game that starts off with the use of colored dice. The dice are used to determine which cards will be played to decide the outcome of the game. (Learn more about the California Craps variation used by Harah’s Casino.) Pala Casino uses a traditional roulette layout with the roulette wheel selecting a card to be played, which then determines the winning number. (Learn more about the California Roulette variation used by Pala Casino.)

Off Track Betting in San Diego

Both Viejas Casino and Barona Valley Casino offer off-track horse betting. You can also find off-track horse betting at the Surfside Race Place in Del Mar.

Non-Smoking Casinos in San Diego

A growing number of San Diego Casinos offer separate non-smoking facilities or non-smoking rooms. Here is a list of non-smoking options provided by those casinos.

Valley View Casino – Separate non-smoking Casino addition includes poker, blackjack, and slots. There is also a non-smoking bar.

Sycuan Casino – Separate non-smoking Casino ‘Boutique’ includes poker, table games, and slots. There is also a non-smoking bingo area on the 2nd floor.

Viejas Casino – The East side of the building is separated from the main floor and is non-smoking. Here you will find slots and bingo. An area of the main floor also has a non-smoking slots area. On the 2nd floor, the Off Track Betting and Poker areas are non-smoking.

Barona Valley Casino – The Poker Room is non-smoking.

Pala Casino – Non-smoking room with Slots and Black Jack.

Harrah’s Rincon Casino – Non-smoking Slots area near the Cafe

Casinos with Live Entertainment

Pala Casino – Daily

Harrah’s Rincon Casino – Daily

Barona Valley Casino – Daily

Valley View Casino – Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Viejas Casino – Friday, Saturday

Casino’s Hosting Major Entertainment Performances

In addition to regular live entertainment, some casinos provide major event venues that host national and international acts. You can check the entertainment schedules at the following casinos to see if your favorite band, musician, or other entertainer is heading to San Diego.

Pala Casino – Three event venues, in-door and out-door, hosting Marque Names and Major Events.

Harrah’s Rincon Casino – Marquee Names in an intimate 500 seat indoor theatre.

Viejas Casino – Marquee Names in an outdoor 1,500 seat theatre. (Summer months only.) Smaller, indoor venue also hosts notable names throughout the year.

Sycuan Casino – Notable Names hosted in an intimate 500 seat indoor theatre.

Resort Hotel Casinos in San Diego

Whether you are looking for casino golf courses near San Diego or a casino where you can spend the weekend being pampered, here is a list of San Diego Casinos with hotels and other amenities.

Pala Casino – 507 rooms with Spa, Pool & Fitness Center

Harrah’s Rincon Casino – 653 Rooms with Spa, Pool & Fitness Center

Barona Valley Casino – 400 Rooms with Spa, Pool & Fitness Center and one of the Top Golf Courses in California

Sycuan Casino – 100 Rooms with Spa & Pool, 54 holes of Golf, and Tennis.

Additional Casino Related Resources

More Indian Casinos – There are a few more smaller Indian Casinos not listed at TourGuideTim Reveals San Diego. They are generally located a little farther east, closer to the mountains. To see the full list, visit the casino page on the web site.

Gambling Addiction – Take a simple test to learn if you may be addicted to gambling. There are a number of California Gambling Addiction Resources, including information on Gamblers Anonymous and the 24-Hour National Hotline, which can be reached at 1-800-522-4700.

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