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California tribes sue state in federal court over cardroom rules

Dave Palermo, CDC Gaming Reports · January 7, 2019

 

Three of California’s lucrative American Indian casino tribes filed a federal lawsuit against the state claiming it has breached tribal-state compacts and violated state laws and a constitutional amendment granting tribes exclusive right to operate house-banked card games.


The lawsuit, filed Thursday in the Ninth Circuit U.S. District Court, alleges that Governor Jerry Brown and state regulators have been “complicit … and at times even encouraging” unlawful conduct by cardrooms in the playing of banked games such as blackjack. Brown leaves office Monday.

The 38-page complaint and 114 pages of attachments filed by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the Viejas and Sycuan Bands of Kumeyaay Indians seeks “an injunction directing the state to enforce its laws prohibiting the play in cardrooms of banking card games and twenty-one.”
The legal action culminates a nearly seven-year dispute between tribes, cardrooms and state regulators over the play of card games banked by third-party proposition players, or TPPPs.

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