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The Supreme Court grants review to determine whether New Jersey (and likely other states) can permit sports wagering.  (Legal Sports Report)

The Supreme Court rules that Tribal Gaming Employees cannot invoke the tribe’s sovereign immunity to avoid suit if they are being sued in their individual capacity even if the employee acted within the scope of their authority.  Lewis v. Clarke, April 25, 2017

The North Fork and Enterprise lawsuits challenging whether the state ceded jurisdiction over newly acquired lands for tribal gaming, and whether a tribe can conduct Class III gaming without a state compact.

Court of Appeal limits Governor's Power to Approve New Tribal Casinos

Flynt Lawsuit Against California's restrictive card room ownership laws preventing out of state ownership

California Bureau of Gambling Control Letter on California Table Games, June 30, 2016

PUBLICATIONS

Derby Wars Ruling a Legal Blow Across DFS Industry ( iGaming Business North America, June/July 2017)

So We Beat On ... California and the I Poker Dream (iGaming Business North America 2016)

The Battle over Online Poker in California and the Impact of UIEGA  (Online Poker Report 2016)

Setting the Standard (E Gaming Review 2016)

I Gaming Regulation in California: The Odds are Improving (iGaming Business 2016)

Moving Beyond Tainted Assets in California (iGaming Business North America 2015)

NEWS LINKS

CALIFORNIA GAMBLING LAW

1)   Card Clubs offer poker games and table games, like Blackjack, Baccarat and Pai Gow.  The card clubs do not bank the table games.  Instead, the players bet against each other rather than against the casino.  The card rooms are regulated by an independent state commission, the California Gambling Control Commission, and by the Bureau of Gambling Control in the Department of Justice.

2)   Tribal Casinos.   These facilities offer slot machines and house banked table games.  Some offer poker and bingo.  These casinos are largely self-regulated.

3)   Parimutuel Horse Racing. There are also advance deposit wagering companies that take online horse wagers.   Horse racing and ADW is regulated by the California Horse Racing Board.

4)   There is a California State Lottery.  All other lotteries and promotions that contain the elements of a lottery (prize, chance and consideration) are prohibited.

5)   Charities are permitted to offer bingo games.

6)   Raffles are permitted under prescribed rules, including raffles sponsored by sports teams.

7)   The law permits free play and home games without charge to the players.

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