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Courtroom Win For Casinos, Governor

The U-S Supreme Court is sidestepping a dispute over tribal gambling.

It´s a victory for California tribes and their new high-profile supporter, Governor Schwarzenegger.

Justices refused today to consider whether states can let tribes operate casinos while barring others from this enterprise.

The court was told that more than 20 states allow tribes to run gambling business firms, but not private companies.

The appeal had been filed this past spring by four San Francisco-area card clubs and some charity organizations.

They contended California tribes were wrongly given a six billion-dollar a year monopoly on gambling.

Since then, Schwarzenegger has banked on an expansion in Indian gambling to help the state´s ailing finances.

In August, he announced agreements with five Indian tribes to add thousands of

new slot machines statewide and create one of the world´s largest casinos in the heart of the Bay Area.

Plans for that urban Indian casino have been scaled back because of criticism over the size.