The Sho-ka-wah Casino is located just east of Hopland. If you are driving northbound on the 101 take a right at Highway 175. The sign at the junction here may say its only 3 minutes to the casino – but in reality its at least 10 minutes. You will certainly see the large billboards advertising this casino on your drive along the 101. Highway 175 is called the Hopland Road. You will pass though the tiny town of Old Hopland on your way to the casino. It is located about 7 miles from the town of Hopland on the grounds of the Hopland Indian Rancheria. The building is rather large and is located by itself.
There is plenty of parking at this casino. There is always one or two staff standing at the entrance. Gambling age in California is 18. During a recent revisit we found the main entrance completely empty and very few people inside playing the slot machines. This casino is one of the further ones from the population center in the ‘north bay’ and perhaps has been hurt by the opening of the Graton Casino near Rohnert Park. We remember many more people here in prior years.
The machines are either operated by a push button or a side lever you pull down. If you come out ahead, you can get cash by pressing the “pay” button and a receipt will be printed. This is then taken to the cashiers office.
What is now a ‘relic’ in the general public these days can be seen inside the casino – that is an automatic cigarette dispensing machine (similar to soda machines).
Visit their website for more info: www.shokawah.com