Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 09-05-019.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Amending WAC 230-15-145 Making wagers with chips and coins.
Hearing Location(s): Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662, (360) 254-3100, on July 10, 2009, at 9:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: July 10, 2009.
Submit Written Comments to: Susan Arland, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, e-mail SusanA@wsgc.wa.gov, fax (360) 486-3625, by July 1, 2009.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Gail Grate, executive assistant, by July 1, 2009, TTY (360) 486-3637 or (360) 486-3453.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: WAC 230-15-145 requires players to make wagers and pay fees using chips. There is an exception that allows players to use half dollars and quarters in house-banked card games. The petitioner is requesting that players in nonhouse-banked games, primarily poker, be allowed to use half dollars or quarters to pay fees. This would allow poker operators to collect additional fees.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See above.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.
Statute Being Implemented: Not applicable.
Name of Proponent: Lance Dodd, 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.
April 6, 2009
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 632, filed 11/14/08, effective 1/1/09)
WAC 230-15-145 Making wagers with chips or coin. Players in card games must make all wagers and pay fees to play card games with chips, except that:
(1) Players may use half dollars or quarters in house-banked card games; and in nonhouse-banked card games to pay fees.
(2) Players may use dimes and nickels in any game that allows a commission to be charged.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 08-23-061 (Order 632), § 230-15-145, filed 11/14/08, effective 1/1/09; 07-09-033 (Order 608), § 230-15-145, filed 4/10/07, effective 1/1/08.]