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California Tribes Sue State Over Card Clubs’ ‘Brazen’ Offering of Alleged House Banked Games

JANUARY 07, 2019 BY PHILIP CONNELLER

Three of California’s powerful tribal operators are suing the state and Governor Jerry Brown in a federal court for failing to prevent cardrooms offering what they claim are house-banked games, to which the tribes hold exclusivity in accordance with their gaming compacts.


The tribes have had enough of the card clubs so-called “California games,” which they say are flouting state law and tribal compacts by being too close to traditional casino tables games. (Image: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)


The lawsuit — filed Thursday in the Ninth Circuit US District Court by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the Viejas and Sycuan Bands of Kumeyaay Indians — accuses the state of being “complicit [in] … and at times even encouraging” the playing of house-banked games like blackjack at California’s cardrooms.


It argues that this a violation of not just the gaming compacts that exist between the state and the tribes, but also the state constitution, which grants exclusivity to the tribes through an amendment approved by voters in 2000.

Complete article: California Tribes Sue State Over Card Clubs’ ‘Brazen’ Offering of Alleged House Banked Games