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California tribes sue card rooms over ‘player-banked’ games

BY Peter Amsel ON November 18, 2018

Two prominent California tribal casino operators are suing commercial card rooms over the latter’s use of ‘player-banked’ games that the tribes claim violate state gaming regulations.


On Friday, the Times of San Diego reported that the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians had filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against cardroom operators, based on the tribes’ claim that these cardrooms are offering games that contravene state gaming regulations.


California card rooms are prohibited from offering so-called ‘house-banked’ games, such as blackjack, in which the players are betting against the house. But the card rooms have skirted this restriction through the use of ‘player-banked’ games, in which a player seated at the gaming table effectively serves as the house.

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