The Chicken Ranch Casino has been nestled in the Sierra foothills for over 25 years and has undergone some significant changes since that time. The friendly little casino started out as a bingo hall and has grown ever since. The Chicken Ranch Rancheria band of Me-Wuk Indians adapted to the changing of the gaming industry and migrated over to slot machines to add to their business.
“We still keep the bingo today, it is still prevalent to our tribe,” said General Manager Randy Clark. “The slot machines are the most dominant part of our industry.”
Three years ago the casino underwent a remodel and their Ranch House Restaurant was included. The restaurant offers burgers, sandwiches, breakfast, appetizers, salads, a variety of entrées, dinner specials and sweets.
“The Ranch House, it is not large but it is very good and very well done,” said Clark. “This is a friendly local’s casino.”
There are 349 modern slot machines to choose from and, according to Clark, they are the loosest slots in the area.
People from all over have visited the Chicken Ranch and guests as young as 18 years old are welcome.
If slot machines are not your thing, then you may want to try your hand at the high stakes bingo that can include approximately 400 people.
“We have a lot of promotions like car giveaways,” added Clark.
The Chicken Ranch Casino is in historic Jamestown just minutes from Sonora and is open seven days a week. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and the casino is open 24 hours a day Thursday through Saturday.
“We have a great atmosphere and are like a family,” said Clark. “We aren’t a big company so you can come in and talk to any of us at any time.
“Come visit us. I think people will be very surprised how unique we are and how modern we are.”