WSR 08-11-063

PROPOSED RULES

GAMBLING COMMISSION


[ Filed May 16, 2008, 2:29 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-08-011.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 230-15-135.

Hearing Location(s): Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel/Convention Center, 201 North Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801, on August 15, 2008, at 9:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: August 15, 2008.

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 August 1, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Gail Grate, executive assistant, by August 1, 2008, TTY (360) 486-3637 or (360) 486-3453.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The commission filed a petition for rule change submitted by the Recreational Gaming Association (RGA) requesting to increase the maximum amount of a single wager in nonhouse-banked card games from $40 to $500. This change will only apply to house-banked card game licensees who offer nonhouse-banked card games (i.e., poker) and meet the surveillance requirements specified in WAC 230-15-280.

Class E and Class F nonhouse-banked card game licensees will continue to be limited to a maximum single wager of $40.

The RGA states that tribal casinos are authorized to offer $500 betting limits while house-banked card room licensees are limited to $40. The strict regulations and controls required in security, surveillance and licensing of employees in these establishments are more than adequate to protect the public.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.

Statute Being Implemented: Not applicable.

Name of Proponent: Recreational Gaming Association, 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 because the change would not impose additional costs on businesses.

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.

May 14, 2008

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator

OTS-1558.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 617, filed 10/22/07, effective 1/1/08)

WAC 230-15-135   Wagering limits for nonhouse-banked card games.   Card room licensees must not exceed these wagering limits:

(1) Poker -

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

(b) There must be no more than four wagers in any betting round, for example, the initial wager plus three raises; and

(c) The maximum amount of a single wager must not exceed forty dollars, or five hundred dollars for house-banked card game licensees meeting the surveillance requirements specified in WAC 230-15-280;

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

(3) Ante - No more than the maximum wager allowed for the first betting round for any game, except for Panguingue (Pan). The ante may, by house rule:

(a) Be made by one or more players, but the total ante may not exceed the maximum wager allowed for the first betting round; and

(b) Be used as part of a player's wager;

(4) Panguingue (Pan) - The maximum value of a chip must not exceed ten dollars. An ante must not exceed one chip. We prohibit doubling of conditions. Players going out may collect no more than two additional chips for going out from each participating player.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 07-21-116 (Order 617), 230-15-135, filed 10/22/07, effective 1/1/08; 07-09-033 (Order 608), 230-15-135, filed 4/10/07, effective 1/1/08.]

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