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Cardroom Safety and Coronavirus


On June 5, California’s Governor issued State guidelines for the re-opening of california cardrooms. The guidelines address sanitizing, hand washing, distancing or alternative measures such as plexiglass barriers, the wearing of masks, and other safety procedures. Before re-opening, cardrooms will need to be in a County that has met State readiness requirements, need to develop written safety plans, and coordinate their opening with local public health orders.

Under the guidelines and local public health orders, what will the experience be like for our customers?

At least at the beginning, customers will have temperature checks and wear masks. The cardroom games also may look different. There may be plexiglass barriers, and movement around the cardroom may be subject to marked lanes. It may be difficult to operate short-handed poker games with only a few players per table, so poker games may not open immediately. Some games may be dealt face up so players don’t have to touch their cards. And don’t be surprised if the game mix changes and there are new games to try that are easier to operate under the new procedures.

Of course any procedures will be subject to public health orders and guidance, which may change over time. But hopefully our customers will understand and become accustomed to the new procedures, as well as exploring new games.

The new health and safety protocols may initially include:

  • Temperature checks
  • Using masks
  • Hand washing and sanitizing
  • New cleaning procedures before a customer takes a chair
  • Removing chairs or using plexiglass partitions between seats
  • New air systems that kill many germs
  • Health checks on employees
  • New procedures for signing up, waiting for a seat or using the cage
  • Food service changes
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When Will California Cardrooms Open?

When will California Card Rooms Reopen?

UPDATE:  Many California Card Rooms are open again, most often with outdoor facilities.  The California Grand Casino is OPEN in our outdoor facility, with Texas Hold ‘Em, Pai Gow Poker, Hot Action Blackjack, Three Card Poker and EZ Baccarat.

The California Grand Casino has robust written protocols designed to protect the health and safety of guests and employees in our heated outdoor facility. We will be operating all the same games: Texas Hold’em, Pai Gow Poker, Hot Action Blackjack, Three Card Poker and EZ Baccarat.

While every cardroom may need a written plan, not all plans will be the same. California cardrooms are diverse and spread across the state. They range in size from 1 table to 270 tables. They have different operations, lay-outs, and staffing. They will be subject to different county public health orders, and some cardrooms are located in areas with low infection rates. But working with public health authorities and public safety will be the important elements in each reopening plan.


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Casino Near Richmond, CA

The Bay Area has so much to offer that the City of Richmond is often overlooked. The climate is the Goldilocks climate of the Bay Area, not too hot and not too cold. That weather makes the turn along 35 mile long Richmond Bay trail excellent for Hikers, Bikers, Walkers and Photographers. The bay views give some people an entirely new perspective on the Bay Area’s majesty. If you are coming, don’t forget the pooch! Richmond has three separate dog parks so that bowser can get his exercise.

In town, Richmond features numerous breweries, coffee shops and art. There are 13 Museum and Art Centers in Richmond. The Rosie The Riveter memorial park and visitor center was started as a local art’s project. It was so successful it was turned into a national park site, featuring an outdoor walk that memorializes the contributions of women during World War II. Inside the Visitor center are fun and educational interactive exhibits that make a stop here fun for the whole family.

The Best Casino Near Richmond, CA

The Casino that locals love is the California Grand Casino. In nearby Pacheco, California Grand has been around for over a hudred and fifty years and now features the latest in gaming action. A long time favorite, California Grand has been voted the best casino in East Bay each year from 2012 to 2019. Come see why people from Richmond, and all over the bay come to California Grand.

Just a short drive down highway 4, into Pacheco you will find the California Grand. If you’re looking to play check out our Directions page now and come by anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have free valet parking, great food and are smoke free. Our games include Texas Hold ?Em poker, Pai Gow Poker, Hot Action Blackjack, Three Card Poker and EZ Baccarat.

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Play all your favorite games! California Grand Casino is your Best Bet in the Bay Area!

Ever wonder which casino in the Bay Area is the best one to play at? From 2013 to 2019 the California Grand Casino has been voted Best Casino in the San Francisco East Bay by the Bay Area News Group, which includes the Contra Costa Times, San Jose Mercury News and the Oakland Tribune. From all your favorite games like Blackjack, Hold?Em, Pai Gow, Baccarat, and more, to terrific food, such as our breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials, you’re sure to love everything about our casino. Dine tableside while you play, or take a break and have fun dining in The Grand Cafe — we offer a variety of great entrees and even a Noodle Bar where you can make your own delicious Asian dishes.

All the Extras that Make California Grand Casino Special

The big attraction is of course playing the casino games and discovering all the extras that make California Grand Casino special. Did you know that during football season we show all the games and offer contests with cash prizes? Or come see us on holidays like Thanksgiving where you can enjoy a great holiday meal while you play your favorite card games.

California Grand Casino is open 24/7, what are you waiting for?! Get the gang together and come play! Our popular Progressive Bad Beat Jackpots start at $70,000 and increase daily.  Join the ever growing number of people who win at California Grand Casino – We’ve paid our players over $17,000,000 in jackpots and prizes. Get ready to come out and see us and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook!

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Progressive Jackpots

Progressive Jackpots – Your Chance at a HUGE Payday!

Welcome back readers! While the weather may be getting colder, the action is always hot inside the California Grand Casino! Many of you are familiar with our huge bad beat jackpots, which allow a person who loses a pot with a superior hand to make a large amount of money. With the recent addition of double jackpot hours from 2-4am and 8-10am daily, the total prize has the potential to swell to $200,000! There are a multitude of ways to claim your share of the many big cash prizes we have…here’s how it’s done.

High Hand Bonuses

On Mondays through Saturdays we offer $100 to the best poker hand made every four hour period across all of the Texas Hold’em games. It doesn’t matter if you play 3-6 limit hold ’em or $500 buy in no-limit, everyone is in the mix. If you make a hand that is aces full or better (AAA22, both of your cards must be used), and that is the highest hand so far in the time period, your name goes on the board! The person with the highest hand at the end of the four hour period wins $100, and then it resets and starts all over again! It gets even better on Sundays with our current extended summer/fall High Hand Explosion promotion! On Sundays during certain times the High Hand is awarded every hour and sometimes the prize doubles to $200! Considering our $500 added no limit hold ’em tournament Sunday mornings, dozens of flat screens and great football food specials, you don’t want to miss out on Sundays at the California Grand Casino.

Progressive Royal Flush Bonuses

There’s no limit to how much you can win by making the best hand in poker, the royal flush. For Texas Hold ’em the royal flush bonuses for each suit start at $50 and increase by $50 every day they are not hit. Earlier this week the diamond royal flush was approaching $1,000! Don’t worry Omaha players, we’ve got great bonuses for you too including progressive royal flush bonuses. When these get big the game catches fire! Be sure to check the monitors on the west wall when you come in to see how much the bonuses are worth.

Texas Hold’em Mini Bad Beat Jackpot

We also have a mini bad beat jackpot. To hit the jackpot, all you need is to make aces full of jacks or better (AAAJJ), and have it beat by four of a kind or better, and you win a share of $5,000! $3,000 goes to the losing hand and $2,000 gets split up among the remaining eligible players at the table. So, if you were dealt into the hand that qualifies you win a share of that cash prize, even if you folded!

Omaha Bad Beat Jackpot

Our Omaha game has a jackpot of its very own. Make get quad jacks or better (JJJJx) beat by anything and you win half of the $5,000 prize while the rest of the table splits the other half. Just like the other jackpots, if you are dealt into the jackpot hand, you share in the prize!

Texas Hold ‘Em Super Bad Beat Jackpot and Double Jackpot

This is the big one folks. California Grand has already paid over $15,000,000 to players! The jackpot starts at $70,000 and increases $200 every day it’s not hit. Between 2-4am and again from 8-10am, if you hit the super jackpot, your table will split the lion’s share of at least $140,000 and all it takes to win a $200 room share is to be an eligible player at any live poker game when the double jackpot is hit! We just had one player win $83,600 last month. Twenty-two players also won $200 each and the other 8 players at his table got $9,900 each! That’s a lot of happy winners! As I write this blog (10/24/14), our double jackpot is currently at $155,200! You too could be one of the many lucky winners at California Grand Casino The potential is there to score a $100,000 payday if lady luck happens to swing your way!

With all of the action and so many different ways to win, make sure you don’t get left out in the cold this fall and get in to the action at California Grand Casino! Until next time, see you at the tables!

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The Billy Beane Report

California Grand Casino is excited to bring the A’s General Manager Billy Beane Report to you every Thursday at 4pm on 95.7 The Game during the Damon Bruce Show. The A’s have won two consecutive division crowns and are currently holding serve with the early returns so far for 2014 season. Billy is considered the master architect of the A’s resurgence. Dealing out of the front office as both General Manager and part owner Billy Ball as his style is coined has been a winning hand for A’s fans.

Cal Grand Casino is working weekly with Billy to bring you the inside edge on all things Athletics. Pull up a seat at the A’s table Thursdays at 4pm on 95.7 The Game and be dealt the latest front hand and back hand scoop on players coaches moves and future deal strategy to best position the A’s for a deep playoff run.

Of note is Billy’s uncanny timing and career winning hands he has played. Not only was he an MLB player he also co-authored Money Ball (along with the East Bay’s own Michael Lewis) which is regarded as the modern authority on how to use statistical counting to draft the best players. Billy has learned how to draw two cards and come up with a flush as it related to building a winning MLB hand. When Money Ball became an Oscar nominated Hollywood film Billy Beane was played by no less than Brad Pitt.

The Oakland Athletics green and gold make the East Bay a winning MLB franchise home. Cal Grand Casino puts the green and gold in your wallet daily and now into your favorite broadcast station 95.7 The Game right in the heart of the East Bay. Cal Grand Casino the Billy Beane Report and the excitement of A’s playoff baseball come to you all season long. Know the four aces (starting pitching) pull the inside draw (best bullpen in the league) and queue up the lumber (heart of the line-up) for major power plays you don’t want to miss.

Go A’s!