Home to Disneyland and Hollywood, Southern California is a popular travel destination for Canadians. In the winter, Southern California welcomes a large number of Canadian snowbirds looking to escape the cold. For those who like to gamble, Southern California is home to a large number of casinos. But not all casinos are created equal; some are known for poker, bingo, blackjack, and the loosest slots.
Whatever it is you like to play, gambling winnings by non-U.S. residents are subject to a 30% withholding tax by the IRS. When it comes to ease of reclaiming a portion or all of your withheld winnings, no one is more successful than Refund Management Services (RMS).
Best Southern California Casinos
California is one of the top travel destinations for Canadians, with approximately 1.9 million making the trip annually to the Golden State.1 Like many states, California does not have any commercial casinos, but you can find 69 Indian Casinos and 90 Poker Casinos on numerous Native America reservations. California Indian casinos range from mini-casinos to sprawling, award-winning, Vegas-style resorts.2
Below is a list of some of the best casinos in Southern California as voted on by those who actually visit the casinos.3
Best Casino Overall: Pechanga Resort Casino
Big is best in So. Cal. and Pechanga Resort Casino is the largest casino in the state of California, It’s also rated the best overall casino. Located in Temecula, halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, Pechanga is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.4
The 188,000-square foot casino boasts 4,000 slot machines, 154 table games, a non-smoking poker room with 43 table games, a 700-seat bingo hall, and a High Limit Salon.
The resort has more than 500 guestrooms and has received the AAA Four Diamond Award every year since 2002. The resort also has a full-service spa, championship golf course, fine and casual dining, and several entertainment venues.
Best Casino Resort: Morongo Casino Resort
Morongo is a luxury casino resort just 25 minutes west of Palm Springs. The resort is owned and operated by the Morongo Indian Reservation and offers Vegas-style gaming and upscale accommodations.
The 150,000-square foot casino features over 2,600 slots, 74 table games, and a 440-seat Bingo Hall.5
Morongo also has a 27-storey hotel with 272 guest rooms, 32 suites, and six casitas featuring separate living areas, private pools, hot tubs, and verandas and chaise lounges. At Morongo you’ll also find a spa, golf, shopping, bowling, entertainment, nightlife, and a wide array of dining options.
Casino with the Loosest Slots: Barona Resort and Casino
Barona Resort and Casino is a short, 40-minute drive northwest of San Diego on the Barona reservation. Barona has had a lock on the loosest slots category for a while now: five years running in the annual San Diego’s Best U-T Readers Poll.6
At Barona you can put the loosest slot theory to test on any of the 2,000 games. The casino also has a 15-table, non-smoking poker room and variety of table games. Barona also has a 400-room hotel, spa, golfing, and dining.
In addition to winning Loosest Slots, Barona is also home to the “Best” Romantic Restaurant, Steakhouse, Day Spa, Golf Course, San Diego Hotel, and Place to Get Married.7
If you’re travelling to Las Vegas we can direct you to the loosest slots in Vegas too.
Luckiest Casino: Sycuan Casino and Resort
If you’re not feeling all that lucky it might be a good idea to head to the Sycuan Casino and Resort. Sycuan Resort Casino, just minutes from San Diego, features a casino covering 200,000 square feet.8 There, you’ll find more than 2,000 slots, more than 40 table games, restaurants, poker, bingo, off-track betting, and a variety of restaurants to choose from. The hotel has over 100 guestrooms and suites, a swimming pool, spa, and fitness facility.
Best Casino for Poker: Harrah’s Resort Southern California
Harrah’s Southern California is a destination resort that is 10 minutes north of Hellhole Canyon Reserve and 50 minutes east of Carlsbad and the Pacific Ocean.
The casino features 1,700 slots and 68 table games, but it seems a lot of people like Harrah’s Resort Southern California for its poker. The most popular game at Harrah’s Poker Room is 3-6 Limit and 1-3 No Limit. It also offers weekly Texas Hold’em tournaments, Bad Beat jackpots, and lots of promotions.9
RMS, the Easiest, Fastest Way to Get Your Gaming Tax Back
If you plan to visit a casino in Southern California or anywhere else in the U.S, and you win a substantial amount of money at the slots, playing Bingo, sports betting, in a poker tournament, or on Keno, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will withhold 30% of your winnings. That’s because gaming winnings are considered income in the U.S. and the IRS wants its share.
But, if you live in a country like Canada, which has signed a U.S. tax treaty, you may be eligible for a refund. Best of all, RMS can help you reclaim a portion or all of your taxable winnings.
There are a number of countries that currently do not have a U.S. tax treaty. However, if you reside in any of the following countries, you could still be eligible for a refund: Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kuwait, Mexico, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and the U.A.E.
Established in 1998 by a Canadian Chartered Accountant, the specialists at RMS have CA designation and a long -standing relationship with the IRS for efficient processing. Over the years, RMS has helped thousands of people from around the world recover taxes on their U.S. gaming wins.
Only RMS has the One Simple StepTM process. Our Customer Service Agents take care of the rest. It can take a minimum of one year for the IRS to review the claim and for RMS to receive the refund. It’s worth the wait. RMS has never been refused an eligible refund.
1. “Southern California,” Government of Canada, last accessed October 12, 2016; http://can-am.gc.ca/business-affaires/fact_sheets-fiches_documentaires/cas.aspx?lang=eng.
2. “California Casinos,” 500 Nations, last accessed October 12, 2016; http://500nations.com/California_Casinos.asp.
3. “Reader’s Choice Best Casinos,” Gaming Guide, last accessed October 12, 2016; http://thegamingguide.com/index.php/advertise-with-us/2455.html.
4. “Pechanga,” Pechanga Resort and Casino, last accessed October 12, 2016; https://www.pechanga.com/.
5. “Gaming,” Morongo Casino Resort, last accessed October 12, 2016; http://www.morongocasinoresort.com/gaming.
6. “San Diego’s Best Union Tribune Readers Poll,” The San Diego Union Tribune, last accessed October 12, 2016; http://sd.sandiegouniontribune.com/bestof/.
7. “Awards,” Barona Resort and Casino, last accessed October 12, 2016; https://www.barona.com/about-barona/awards/.
8. “Casino,” Sycuan Casino and Resort, last accessed October 12, 2016; http://www.sycuan.com/casino.
9. “Casino,” Harrah’s Resort Southern California, last accessed October 12, 2016; https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-socal/casino.