PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
[Filed July 22, 2020, 9:35 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The gambling commission is considering amending current, and possibly adopting new, house-banked card game rules to address and clarify house-banked card room offering of jackpot prizes with approved house-banked card games and rules related to: Authorizing new and changes to existing card game rules; requirements for card games; wagering; adding merchandise and cash to card games; minimum cash on hand requirements; paying out prizes for card games; and maintaining funds to pay jackpot prizes and odds-based games.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 9.46.070
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Current rules generally allow house-banked card rooms to offer and operate jackpot prizes; however, new and/or amended rules need to be updated for clarity on scope and procedures for house-banked jackpot prizes and card game procedures, including a definition of "jackpot" prizes and procedures/requirements for operation of these jackpots and current card games procedures.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Ashlie Laydon, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, phone 360-486-3473, fax 360-486-3632, TTY 360-486-3637, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.wsgc.wa.gov.
July 21, 2020