It’s been a good decade to be a sports fan in Oakland.  The Golden State Warriors, who played out of Oracle Arena in Oakland until 2019, have won four NBA Championships over the past decade (three in Oakland). The Warriors are coming off an NBA Championship win in 2022 and should continue to be contenders for the next several years.

The Warriors moved to Chase Center in 2019, but a quick half hour jaunt across the I-80 can get you to San Francisco where you can take in a Warriors game or a Giants ball game at Oracle Park.  You also have the option to catch an NFL, NHL or MLS game down in San Jose, which is only about an hour drive.  Overall, Oakland is a great spot to be a sports fan in California.  Unfortunately, the State of California does not allow you to bet on any of these sports at California based casinos.  Instead you’ll need to open an account at an offline sports betting site to place your wagers.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Oakland?

It is not legal to set up a betting operation that takes wagers in the State of California.

That said, it is legal for California residents to open an online betting account at an offshore sportsbook, such as the ones I’ve outlined below.  These sportsbooks are licensed outside of the United States, which allows them to safely and securely offer sports betting options to American residents.

**There are two ballot measures related to sports betting that will be voted in on the State of California in November of 2022. One measure proposes to allow in-person sportsbooks at tribal casinos, while the other proposes to legalize online sports betting and allow regulated betting sites to operate in the state. Learn more on our California betting page.

Best Sports Betting Sites for Oakland Residents

Bet Now
  • Built for American bettors
  • Wide variety of competitive betting lines
  • Easy to navigate betting platform
50% up to $250
  • Accepts players worldwide
  • Competitive betting lines
  • Fast & easy deposits and withdrawals (including Bitcoin)
50% up to $1000

Above are our two recommended betting sites for Oakland residents.  Both Bovada and BetOnline are hugely popular across the United States and offer a safe and secure environment for Americans to wager on sports online.

Offline Sports Betting in Oakland

There is currently no offline sports betting allowed in California.  In order to wager on sports at a brick and mortar casino you will need to venture across state lines into Nevada.

That said, the State of California does allow you to wager on horse races in Oakland.  I’ve outlined a very popular horse race track very close to Oakland below.

Golden Gate Fields

Golden Gate Fields is a popular horse racing track located a quick 15 minute drive north of Oakland.  The racetrack offers live racing most days of the week, and also allows you to wager on races from other top tracks across California and the United States.

***You are not able to place sports betting wagers at Golden Gate Fields.  Your wagers are restricted to horse racing at all tracks across California.

Oakland Major Sports Teams

  • Golden State Warriors (NBA)
  • Oakland Athletics (MLB)