WSR 07-03-104

PROPOSED RULES

GAMBLING COMMISSION


[ Filed January 22, 2007, 8:07 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-24-057.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 230-40-120 Wagering limits in card games.

Hearing Location(s): Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia, WA 98502, (360) 943-4000, on March 9, 2007, at 9:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: March 9, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Susan Arland, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, e-mail Susan2@wsgc.wa.gov, fax (360) 486-3625, by March 1, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Shirley Corbett, Executive Assistant, by March 1, 2007, TTY (360) 486-3637 or (360) 486-3447.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The petitioner, a poker player, requests that poker wagering limits be increased from $25 to $40.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The petitioner states that the change will provide more betting options for players.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.

Statute Being Implemented: Not applicable.

Name of Proponent: Mr. Kimmerlee, a poker player, private.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Susan Arland, Rules Coordinator, Lacey, (360) 486-3466; Implementation: Rick Day, Director, Lacey, (360) 486-3446; and Enforcement: Mark Harris, Assistant Director, Lacey, (360) 486-3579.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. A small business economic impact statement has not been prepared pursuant to RCW 19.85.025, and/or the proposed rule change clarifies language of rules without changing the effect.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The Washington state gambling commission is not an agency that is statutorily required to prepare a cost-benefit analysis under RCW 34.05.328.

January 22, 2007

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator

OTS-9508.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 453, filed 1/17/06, effective 2/17/06)

WAC 230-40-120   Limits on wagers in card games.   Social and public card room licensees shall not allow wagering limits set by the commission to be exceeded in any card game. The number and value of wagers in card games are limited as follows:


Nonhouse-banked card games.


(1) Poker:

(a) There shall be no more than five betting rounds in any one game;

(b) The maximum number of wagers in any betting round shall be four, comprised of an initial wager plus three raises; and

(c) The maximum amount of a single wager shall not exceed ((twenty-five)) forty dollars;

(2) Games based on achieving a specific number of points - each point shall not exceed five cents in value;

(3) An ante, except for panguingue (pan), shall not be more than the maximum wager allowed for the first betting round for any game. The ante may, by house rule, be made by one or more players, but the total ante may not exceed the maximum wager allowed for the first betting round. An ante, by house rule, may be used as part of a player's wager;

(4) Panguingue (pan) - the maximum value of a chip for a payoff shall not exceed ten dollars. An ante will not exceed one chip. Doubling of conditions is prohibited. Players going out may collect not more than two chips from each participating player;


House-banked card games.


(5) Licensees authorized to conduct house-banked card games shall not allow a single wager to exceed two hundred dollars;

(6) A single wager may be made for each decision made by the player before additional cards are dealt or revealed. In addition, for blackjack, an additional wager may be placed for doubling down or splitting pairs; and

(7) Bonus wagers for house-banked progressive jackpots shall not exceed one dollar. Bonus wagers with a predetermined prize amount based upon a separate element of chance within the same game shall not exceed the authorized maximum table limits as described in subsection (5) of this section.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 and 9.46.0282. 06-03-110 (Order 453), 230-40-120, filed 1/17/06, effective 2/17/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 04-19-068 (Order 437), 230-40-120, filed 9/16/04, effective 10/17/04; 04-06-005 (Order 427), 230-40-120, filed 2/19/04, effective 7/1/04; 03-17-044 (Order 422), 230-40-120, filed 8/15/03, effective 9/15/03; 01-13-091 (Order 403), 230-40-120, filed 6/19/01, effective 7/20/01; 00-09-052 (Order 383), 230-40-120, filed 4/14/00, effective 5/15/00; 94-13-098 (Order 252), 230-40-120, filed 6/15/94, effective 7/16/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 34.05.220(4), [34.05].230 and 9.46.070 (11) and (14). 90-05-032 (Order 205), 230-40-120, filed 2/14/90, effective 3/17/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (8), (11) and (14). 89-15-039 (Order 194), 230-40-120, filed 7/18/89, effective 8/18/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.050(3) and 9.46.070 (1), (2) and (11). 86-15-025 (Order 159), 230-40-120, filed 7/14/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (2) and (11) and 9.46.110. 85-21-046 (Order 154), 230-40-120, filed 10/14/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.020 (20)(d) and 9.46.070(11). 82-23-050 (Order 125) and 83-01-045 (Order 125A), 230-40-120, filed 11/15/82 and 12/13/82. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070(11). 82-04-010 (Order 118), 230-40-120, filed 1/22/82; 81-19-073 (Order 112), 230-40-120, filed 9/15/81. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070(10). 80-03-059 (Order 98), 230-40-120, filed 2/25/80; Order 80, 230-40-120, filed 12/28/77; Order 51, 230-40-120, filed 4/30/76; Order 48, 230-40-120, filed 3/23/76; Order 23, 230-40-120, filed 9/23/74.]

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