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Pasqui Yaqui Tribe Files Motion to Dismiss Case Againt Poker Room Owners

On January 12th, 2009, the Pasqui Yaqui Tribe has filed a motion to dismiss the remainder of their suit against those people or groups involved in the establishment of Club Royale, a private poker room that is currently under investigation. Last month, the tribe reached a settlement with Donna and Johnny Ray Rogers to shut down the poker room the couple opened on July 25th at 2665 N. Campbell Avenue in exchange for ending its lawsuit against the poker room's owners.

The filing of the notice of voluntary dismissal applies to the part of the August 17th lawsuit that was against the International Card and Game Players Association and its founder, Harold Lee. Lee, a Tombstone resident and former Maricopa County justice of the peace, aided Donna and Jay Ray Rogers in opening the poker room. Lawyer Shannon Giles said that the tribe has accomplished its goal for its lawsuit and that is to shut down the Club Royale.

Club Royale stopped operations on December 18th, but 5 days later agents from the Arizona Department of Gaming and the Tucson Police Department served search warrants at the poker room and at the residence occupied by the couple. State gambling officials began sending undercover agents into Club Royale in late July, according to an investigative report the gambling office posted on its online site. The report stated that Club Royale and its owners violated the state's gaming laws.

That report and the findings from the December 23rd, 2008 searches made by the officers have been forwarded to the Pima County Attorney's Office to determine if criminal charges will be filed against the owners of the poker room. Giles said that the Pascua Yaqui Tribe is fully prepared to pursue legal action against any other poker rooms that will open in the Tucson area.


02/04/2009, Wednesday