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State Say Slots OK For Indian Casinos

A state appeals courts says it´s OK for the state to allow Indian tribes to offer slot machines but prohibit card rooms from offering the same games. Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and two Los Angeles card rooms last year sued the California Gaming Control Commission and the state attorney general. They claimed that letting some Indian tribes offer slot machines and other games created a monopoly and put the card rooms at a competitive disadvantage.

Card rooms allow some forms of gambling and are off Indian lands. They´re not allowed to offer Class Three games, which include slots and other high-stakes casino-type games. Those games are only allowed on some Indian lands under compacts with the state.

A state appeals court today said the state´s compacts with Indian tribes are constitutional because they relate to fulfilling Congress´ obligation toward Indians.