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In a decision bound to have a big impact on the state's multibillion-dollar gambling industry, the California Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the State Lottery Keno game is illegal.

The unanimous court decision effectively slams the door on casino-style gambling in California by prohibiting blackjack, roulette and any other "banking game" in which the house -- or any operator -- has a stake in the winnings.

The court said state law permits only lottery games, in which players compete among themselves and the prize is determined by the amount that they bet.

California Attorney General Dan Lungren hailed the decision as a tremendous boost for the state in its long legal struggle with Indian tribes about the use on reservations of slot machines, which the state claims are banking games.

"The bottom line is, the use of these machines in this state is illegal -- on or off tribal land," Lungren said. The state estimates that there are roughly 12,100 video slot machines in use on 38 tribal reservations in California.

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But lawyers for the Indian tribes disagreed.

"It still leaves the tribes in the hunt," said Sacramento attorney Howard Dickstein, who is representing several tribes. "The real thrust of the (state Supreme Court's) case is that it limits the way you play, not the types of games or technology that are used."

There was no question, however, that the California State Lottery was a big loser in the decision. The lottery announced that it would immediately shut down its Keno operation, which brings in about $380 million per year out of total lottery revenue of about $2.3 billion per year.

In Keno, players pick up to 10 numbers that fall between one and 80 in hopes of matching a state computer that randomly draws its own set of 20 numbers. The participant can also make a "quick pick" in which the computer selects the numbers. Payoffs are predetermined and don't depend on how much is bet.

In shutting down the Keno game, the court relied on the 1984 initiative that voters passed creating the lottery. The measure, Proposition 37, specifically prohibited casinos like those in Nevada and New Jersey with banking games.

The justices said that the state Keno game was not considered a lottery under the initiative because the operator has a stake in whether someone wins or loses.

In a lottery, the court found, the winnings are formed from a pool of the players' wagers, and not paid for by the state. Furthermore, a streak of bad luck in Keno can cause a house to go broke, the court said. In contrast, a lottery cannot go broke.

"As operated by the California State Lottery, Keno does not meet the statutory definition of a 'lottery game' or that of a 'lottery,' " wrote Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar in the court's decision. Keno is "a house banked game, in which the participants bet individually against the game's operator, the California State Lottery."

In passing the 1984 State Lottery Act, she said, "the voters . . . did not establish a state gambling house, but a state lottery."

The decision was a big-bucks win for two groups that had challenged the state's Keno game -- a pachinko parlor company and a trade group of thoroughbred race horse trainers and owners.

Western Telcon Inc., which runs Pachinko Palace arcade-type rooms in the Los Angeles area, and the California Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association Inc. claimed that the state's Keno game was essentially a slot machine and illegal in California. A trial judge ruled in favor of the State Lottery and threw out the suit.

In March 1995, a state appeals court in Los Angeles ruled that Keno was allowed.

Yesterday's decision "makes it very clear that extending prohibitions against Las Vegas-style gambling under California law applies to everyone," said Bob Forgnone, the Los Angeles attorney for the horse racing group.

Indian tribes had hoped that the decision would be broad enough to expand the scope of gambling on reservations. The tribes have been locked in a five- year battle with state officials, led by Lungren, over the use of slot machines on the reservations.

Under federal law, Indian tribes may offer any type of gambling that is permitted elsewhere in the state.

In the dispute over slot machines on reservations, the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the Indian tribes were limited to those games specifically permitted under the state lottery. But the federal appeals court put off making its decision final pending the state Supreme Court's ruling in the Keno case.

Lawyers for the tribes said yesterday's decision does not hurt their case because the court specifically states that it is not barring the use of all video or electronic games. Tribe lawyer Dickstein said that there are several online games that are not banking games.

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