Purpose: A recreational gaming activity (RGA) is not a gambling activity and its purpose is purely entertainment. Organizations must be in existence for at least six months before sponsoring an event. Sponsoring organizations may hire a licensed fund-raising event equipment provider to bring in professional gambling tables, and/or staff to operate the games; or, they can get a permit from the commission to possess gambling equipment during the event. Currently, poker is not allowed at these events. At the request of the industry poker will now be allowed at these events and organizations that haven't been in existence for six months or more may offer an RGA. Furthermore, staff added language to: (1) Clarify that each organization, association, or business, or department thereof, may offer two RGAs each year; (2) Require distributors to notify us of events they put on; and (3) require distributors to ask the sponsoring business how many RGAs they have sponsored during the past year.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 230-02-505.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-13-117 on June 20, 2005, with a published date of July 6, 2005.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: August 12, 2005.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 224, filed 7/17/91, effective 8/17/91)
WAC 230-02-505 Recreational gaming activity -- Defined. A recreational gaming activity is a nongambling activity ((
utilizing)) using poker tables and/or gambling devices
authorized for use in fund-raising events, conducted no more
than two times per calendar year, by or on behalf of an
organization (( that has been in existence for at least six
months)), business, or association, or department thereof.
Only members and guests of the sponsoring organization,
business, or association, or department thereof, may
participate and (( such)) the activity (( shall be)) is subject
to the requirements of WAC 230-25-330.
If a licensed distributor contracts with an organization, business, or association, or department thereof, to organize and conduct the recreational gaming activity on their behalf, the licensed distributor must send the commission a monthly schedule of activities for which they have contracted. This schedule must include the name of the organization, business, or association, or department thereof, and the date, location, and time of the activity. The schedule must identify any prior recreational gaming activities conducted by all licensed distributors on behalf of the organization, business, or association, or department thereof, within the last calendar year.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 9.46 RCW. 91-15-040 (Order 224), § 230-02-505, filed 7/17/91, effective 8/17/91.]