Appeal Due In Indian Gambling Ruling
Four San Francisco Bay area card rooms filed notice today that they will appeal a judge´s ruling this week that California’s Indian gambling law does not violate federal law.
The judge says state law gives tribes a monopoly to operate casinos – but says that violates neither federal law nor the U.S. constitutional guarantee of equal protection.
A card room attorney predicts the issue will ultimately reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
A representative from the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne City declined to comment this afternoon on the issue.
The card rooms are challenging Proposition 1-A that in March 2000 amended the state’s Constitution to permit tribes to operate casinos on their reservations.