WSR 09-09-022



[ Filed April 6, 2009, 8:53 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

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, 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

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator


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.]

Washington State Code Reviser's Office