California Tribes To Appeal Court Ruling On Card Game Exclusivity

A federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by three tribes accusing the state of California of failing to enforce a ban on “banking and percentage” games in commercial cardrooms, an initial defeat for tribes who claim exclusivity over the games.

U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez in Sacramento ruled that tribal-state gaming compacts signed by the Yocha Dehe Wintun, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation do not confer a right of exclusivity beyond what is provided in California’s constitution.

Tribal-state compacts negotiated by the tribes in 2015 and 2016 do not guarantee the same right of exclusivity that was included in earlier agreements from 1999, Mendez ruled on Tuesday.

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