The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal judge’s temporary injunction against the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s offering of Texas Hold ‘em poker.
The appeals court on Wednesday also upheld U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill’s denial of the tribe’s motion to dismiss the state of Idaho’s action to shut down the poker rooms.
In May 2014, the state sued the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to shut down its new poker room at its North Idaho casino in Worley. The state contends that poker is illegal in Idaho, prohibited both by the state Constitution and law.
The tribe argued that Texas Hold ‘em is not illegal gambling but a contest of skill.
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Winmill granted the preliminary injunction in September.
The tribe’s next options include asking the 9th Circuit for a rehearing or taking the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.