Gambling at Home in California: Is It Legal?

For many people, there home is their safe haven and sanctuary. They use it as a place to escape from the world and relax with trusted friends and family members. People like to relax in all sorts of ways. Some people prefer a nice massage, while other prefer playing a game with friends.


Most games are harmless, while there are others that could potentially get its participants into trouble. Games where gambling is involved do run the risk of getting their players into trouble since gambling is illegal in the state of California. Luckily, for most people, playing poker amongst family members and friends is legal. It is when a poker game is run for profit by the host, then it becomes illegal.


Another issue that people may run into, is owning slot machines. Some people enjoy going to casinos and playing with the various slot machines. Some people decide to cut out the middleman and buy a slot machine of their own to enjoy while at home. Unfortunately, unless the machine is an antique that is older than 25 years, this is illegal in the state of California. Slot machines are outlawed in the state unless they are on tribal grounds, being transported through the state, or are antiques not being operated for gambling purposes.

Sadly, this means that anyone looking to have a bit of fun with family and friends playing these sorts of games need to be careful. They do not want to do something that is illegal. Getting caught for something like that would definitely ruin the relaxation the person was trying to achieve.

For the sake of yourself, and your family do not play any forms of illegal gambling within your home.