Effective Date of Rule: July 1, 2009.
Purpose: The petitioner's request that house-banked card game jackpot payout verification limits be increased from $1,000 to $3,000 was approved.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 230-15-320.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 09-08-030 filed on March 24, 2009, and published on April 15, 2009.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.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: May 18, 2009.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 638, filed 11/18/08, effective 1/1/09)
WAC 230-15-320 Surveillance room requirements for house-banked card game licensees. House-banked card game licensees must maintain one or more surveillance rooms. They must:
(1) Control access to the surveillance room so that only surveillance department employees use the room. Owners or their approved supervisory or management personnel may also enter the surveillance room to monitor activities. Licensees may allow authorized personnel to escort any other person into the surveillance room for educational, investigative, or maintenance purposes; and
(2) Ensure that surveillance room entrances are not easily observed from the gambling floor; and
(3) Ensure that a surveillance employee is present in the room and monitoring activities using the equipment any time the card room is conducting gambling and during the count process. However, subject to subsection (4) of this section, licensees may operate the surveillance room without staff:
(a) For routine breaks that are less than thirty minutes per shift; or
(b) When only nonhouse-banked card games are operated with wager limits of forty dollars or less and such limits are documented in their internal controls.
(4) Ensure that any time a winning wager, a jackpot, or
bonus pay out greater than ((
one)) three thousand dollars is
won, they use pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras to verify:
(a) Winning hands; and
(b) Amounts of the wager; and
(c) Amounts of the pay out; and
(d) Players who won the prize.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 08-23-080 (Order 638), § 230-15-320, filed 11/18/08, effective 1/1/09; 07-10-034 (Order 611), § 230-15-320, filed 4/24/07, effective 1/1/08.]