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California Tribes Sue Card Clubs Over ‘Illegal’ House-Banked Games

NOVEMBER 19, 2018 BY PHILIP CONNELLER

California’s Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and Santa Ynez Band of Cumash Indians have launched legal action against many of the state’s card rooms for operating what the tribes consider to be house-banked card games.

California’s 55 tribal operators have exclusivity on Class III casino gaming, per a 2000 ballot initiative, but have become increasingly enraged over the card clubs offering so-called “California games.”


These are usually variations of blackjack or Pai Gow Poker in which players are permitted to play in a dealer position. The card rooms take a rake on each bet as they would in a regular poker game, and so because they are not acting as the house the games are legal.

Complete article: California Tribes Sue Card Clubs Over ‘Illegal’ House-Banked Games