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California Tribes File Suit Against Cardrooms Over House-Banked Games

For more than a decade, Native American tribes that operate casinos in California have warned law enforcement and state gaming regulators they would file lawsuits over cardrooms' use of house-banked card games, which are illegal under state law.

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians made good on that warning Friday by becoming the first tribes to file a lawsuit against several southern California cardrooms.

In a joint announcement, Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon tribe near San Diego, said the tribes were not “challenging the right of a business to operate … [they’re] challenging their noncompliance with state law.”

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