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Tribes, including Sycuan and Viejas, file federal suit over some gambling offered at state card rooms

Greg Moran Contact Reporter Jan. 7, 2019

A long-simmering dispute between tribal casino and state regulators over regulation of gambling in card rooms came to a head last week when two powerhouse San Diego tribes joined in a federal lawsuit against the state.
The suit was filed by the Sycuan and Viejas tribes as well as the Yocha Dehe tribe near Sacramento. All operate casinos on tribal lands — Sycuan and Viejas in San Diego County, and each is among the most influential tribes on gambling issues in the state.


The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Sacramento, says state gambling regulators are violating both state law and the constitution by allowing card rooms to offer so-called “house banked” card games. Those are Las Vegas-style games in which gamblers bet against the house and hands are dealt by a casino dealer.

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