Casinos Near Sacramento, CA. – Closest Ones and Map

California’s capitol city is a mecca of sorts for gambling, as there are six Indian casinos within easy driving distance of Sacramento, with another one on the way.

There are 41 casinos in Northern California, meaning the Sacramento area is home to 14% of NorCal’s casinos.

You should note that in addition to the six casinos, there are ten card rooms within a 20 mile radius of downtown.

Thunder Valley Casino is 28 miles from downtown Sacramento
Thunder Valley Casino is 28 miles from downtown Sacramento

However here we’re just talking about Indian casinos, which – unlike card rooms – have slot machines, video poker machines, craps tables (albeit without dice), and the like.

As you can see from the map below, these six casinos are spread out to the north and outskirts of Sacramento.

Here’s a little more information on each of the six Sacramento-area casinos, in order of their exact driving distances as measured when starting from the Sacramento city hall downtown:

Thunder Valley Casino Resort (Black star) – 28 miles

One of the largest of the 66 casinos in California, Thunder Valley is the closest casino to Sacramento.

It’s also the biggest. The Auburn Journal reports the Lincoln casino sees 16,000 customers per day. The casino has 3,500 slot machines/video poker machines, and 110 table games. The resort claims it has 250,000 square feet of gaming space, making it one of the country’s biggest casinos.

(Each colored star represents one of the 6 Sacramento-area casinos. The blue star is the Sky River Casino, which is currently under construction.)

There is also a bingo room with room for 800 players, and a beautiful 50 table poker room that plays host to World Series of Poker satellite events, as well as nationally televised tournaments, such as the Heartland Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour.

In addition to an ultra lounge, standard casino bars and a pool bar, there are three sit-down restaurants, a buffet, and a food court that has six options, including a Peet’s Coffee, Pizza Hut Express, Fatburger and Panda Express.

On the entertainment side, Thunder Valley has three venues: a lounge band type of stage, a 2,000 seat indoor venue, and a 5,000 seat outdoor amphitheater, however they are currently building a 5,000 seat indoor stadium at a cost of $100 million dollars. It’s expected to be completed in late 2022. Thunder Valley’s 17 story hotel tower has 408 rooms.

Address, Phone & Website

1200 Athens Avenue
Lincoln, CA. 95648
(877) 468-8777

Website: ThunderValleyResort.com

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain (Brown Star) – 36 miles

The Hard Rock Sacramento Fire Mountain opened in October 2019.

Inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain
Inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain

It’s located 36 miles due north of Sacramento, near Wheatland, just south of Yuba City.

Built at a cost of $450 million, the resort boasts 1,587 slot machines, 57 table games, and the loud party-vibe the Hard Rock casino chain in known for. You’ll find all of the favorites here, including blackjack, roulette, mini-baccarat and California craps.

You won’t however, find a poker room. Nor is there a sports book of course, as sports betting is still not allowed in the Golden State.

The 300,000 square foot resort includes a 170 room hotel, a pool, 8,500 square feet of convention space, bars, spa, and six restaurants, ranging from a pricey steakhouse to the Fresh Harvest Buffet, and of course, a Hard Rock Cafe.

While they have live music at bars, and at Club Velvet, they don’t have their own huge concert venue, as found at other Hard Rock casinos around the country. The HRC Sacramento at Fire Mountain has, however, partnered with the Toyota Amphitheater just a tad over a mile down the road.

Address, Phone & Website

3317 Forty Mile Road
Wheatland, CA. 95692
(833) 337-3473

Website: https://www.hardrockhotels.com/sacramento

Red Hawk Casino (Red star) – 37 miles

Located north and east of Sacramento on Highway 50 in Placerville, the Red Hawk has 88,000 square feet of casino floor space. It’s full of 2,500 slot machines, 75 table games, which includes tables in their poker room.

Red Hawk says that they have $5 minimum black jack games – even on weekends!

While it does not have a hotel, the Red Hawk has 4 sit down restaurants, including the requisite buffet.

They even have a kid’s play area, in which they offer baby sitting for kids from 6 weeks of age to 12.

Address & Phone

1 Red Hawk Parkway
Placerville, CA. 95667
(888) 573-3495

Cache Creek Casino & Resort (Green star) – 46 miles

Cache Creek is about 46 miles from Sacramento
Cache Creek is about 46 miles from Sacramento

The only casino east of town, Cache Creek Casino is a growing resort 46 miles away in Brooks, California.

The resort sets on a beautiful acreage, across from vineyards. There’s even some grapes growing on open space in front of the resort.

Popular with residents of San Francisco and Sacramento alike, Cache Creek recently completed a $200 million dollar expansion, which brought the hotel’s room count to 659 rooms.

(Related: Distance and Drive from Sacramento to Las Vegas)

As for the casino, it won’t be expanded. However it’s plenty big as it stands, with 94,000 square feet of casino floor space, 2,400 slots and video poker machines, and 122 table games, (this includes the resort’s 14 table poker room).

Cache Creek has four sit-down restaurants, a buffet, and four counter-style to-go restaurants.

Cache Creek’s golf course, Yocha Dehe Golf Club, sits just a few hundred feet to the east of the casino, but is not your typical casino golf course. Golfing publications give it very high marks. In fact, in 2015, GolfAdvisor.com ranked it the number one public course in the country.

Cache Creek Address, Phone & Website

14455 Highway 16
Brooks, CA. 95606
(530) 796-3118

Website: CacheCreek.com

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort (Yellow star) – 51 miles

The second most distant of the Sacramento-area casinos, the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort sits around 51 miles southeast of downtown in, well, Jackson, California.

Seventeen hundred slots and video poker machines dot the resort, along with 32 table games (blackjack, mini-baccarat and all the usual favorites), and a six table poker room.

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is just over 50 miles from Sacramento
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is just over 50 miles from Sacramento

There are four restaurants, an 1,800 seat outdoor event area that plays host to concerts and MMA fights, and an indoor ballroom with concert seating for 800.

Jackson Rancheria has an 86 room hotel and a popular 100 spot RV park nearby with free, 24 hour a day shuttle service to and from the casino.

Address, Phone & Website

12222 New York Ranch Road
Jackson, CA. 95642
(800) 822-9466

Website: JacksonCasino.com

Harrah’s Northern California (Purple Star) – 53 miles

Opened in April of 2019, Harrah’s Northern California is located to the southeast of Sacramento, near Ione, California. It’s about an hour’s drive from downtown Sacramento.

Inside Harrah's Northern California
Inside Harrah’s Northern California

The 71,000 square foot casino has 950 slot machines, and 20 table games. In addition to three quick-service restaurants, there is one full service restaurant. There’s not a hotel here, nor are there entertainment venues.

Address, Phone & Website

4640 Coal Mine Road
Ione, CA 95640
Phone: (866) 915-0777

Website: Harrah’s Northern California

Sky River Casino

Once completed, the Sky River Casino will be the closest casino to downtown Sacramento
Once completed, the Sky River Casino will be the closest casino to downtown Sacramento

The Wilton Rancheria Tribe is currently constructing a spacious 1/2 billion dollar casino on land just off Highway 99 and Grant Line Road in Elk Grove. Once completed, (the forecast is for the second half of 2022), it will be the closest casino to Sacramento – at a distance of just 18 miles south of downtown.

By Steve Beauregard (Photos courtesy of each respective casino, except for Cache Creek, which comes from the city of Vallejo)