WSR 97-19-079

PERMANENT RULES

GAMBLING COMMISSION

[Filed September 16, 1997, 1:36 p.m., effective January 1, 1998]

Date of Adoption: September 12, 1997.

Purpose: These rule amendments represent housekeeping changes to the definition of standards for disposable bingo cards and rule on bingo equipment to be used.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 230-20-192 and 230-20-240.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 97-15-093 on July 17, 1997.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 2, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 1998.

Soojin Kim

Rules and Policy Coordinator

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 94-01-033, filed 12/6/93, effective 1/6/94)

WAC 230-20-192 Standards for disposable bingo cards--Definitions. Disposable bingo cards sold for use in the state of Washington ((after December 31, 1993,)) shall be manufactured and controlled using processes and procedures that ensure integrity of the activity and facilitates regulation by the commission. Manufacturers of disposable bingo cards shall comply with the following requirements:

(1) Manufacturers shall establish quality control procedures necessary to ensure manufacturing processes, including collating of cards into packs or packets, meet the requirements of this section. Quality control procedures shall be documented and provided to commission staff upon request;

(2) For purposes of this title, the following definitions apply:

(a) "Card" or "face" means a unique group and configuration of numbers or symbols imprinted on paper, cardboard, or other materials, and designed to be used to conduct bingo games;

(b) "Card number" means the number assigned by the manufacturer to identify a single card or face. A "card number" may also be referred to as a "face" or "perm" number;

(c) "Collate" means the process of cutting and/or assembling master sheets or precut sheets of cards from one or more sets of cards into packets or books for marketing purposes. "Collate" may also be referred to as "finish" or "finishing";

(d) "Collation" means a group of packets or books of cards assembled from more than one set of cards;

(e) "Consecutively numbered" means a numbering system normally beginning with the number one, increased by one for each individual unit added to the group, and ending with a number identical to the total number of units assigned to that group;

(f) "Cut" means the layout or orientation of cards or sheets of cards subdivided from a master sheet of cards or faces. A "cut" will be either square, horizontal, or vertical;

(g) "Disposable bingo card" means a nonreusable paper bingo card manufactured by a licensed manufacturer;

(h) "Duplicate cards" means two or more cards that are imprinted with the same numbers or symbols, regardless of the configuration or location of such numbers or symbols on the card;

(i) "On" means the number of cards or faces imprinted on a sheet or "cut." The term is normally preceded by the number of cards;

(j) "Pack" or "packet" means a group of cards or sheets of cards collated into a book when each page or sheet in the book is intended for use to play a separate bingo game, including "on-the-way" games, within a session;

(k) "Product line" means a specific type of card, identifiable by features or characteristics that are unique when compared to other types of cards marketed by the manufacturer. A "product line" includes all series and all cards within each series as identified by the manufacturer;

(l) "Serial number" means a number assigned to a set of cards by a manufacturer for identification and tracking purposes when the same number is not used to identify another set of cards from the same product line, color, border pattern, and series in less than 999,999 occurrences or twelve months, whichever occurs first: Provided, That if the product line is used as a determining factor for assignment of a serial number, the difference between various product lines must be readily identifiable by observation;

(m) "Series" of cards means a specific group of cards or faces that have been assigned consecutive card or face numbers by a manufacturer. Series are typically identified by the first and last card number in the group of cards, such as "1 to 9000 series";

(n) "Set" of cards means a specific group of cards from the same product line, which are the same color, border pattern, and imprinted with the same serial number. A "set" of cards may include more than one series of cards or faces;

(o) "Sheet number" means the number assigned by the manufacturer to identify an arrangement of more than one card that results from dividing master sheets of cards to facilitate marketing;

(p) "Skip" means the standard spread or difference between card or sheet numbers at different page levels in packs or packets;

(q) "Subset" means a portion of a set of cards or collation of packets that has been divided by a licensed distributor to facilitate marketing; and

(r) "Up" means the number of pages or sheets collated into each packet or book of cards. The term is normally preceded by the number of pages or sheets.

(3) Each card or face in a particular type or product line must be imprinted with a unique set of numbers or symbols and configuration of numbers or symbols. Duplicate cards within a specific product line are prohibited. Manufacturers of disposable bingo cards are responsible for ensuring that there are no duplicate cards in a set or collation of cards sold to distributors or operators: Provided, That duplicate cards can be collated into packets if they are located at different page levels in the packets and intended only for use during separate games, including "on-the-way" games, within a session. If a manufacturer discovers a duplicate card error or is notified of such by the commission staff or a licensee, it shall immediately comply with the following steps:

(a) Stop marketing the product line containing duplicate cards in Washington;

(b) Recall all sets of cards and/or collations of packets or books containing duplicate cards at the same page level;

(c) Take steps to correct manufacturing or collating processes necessary to ensure duplicate cards are not sold to operators, and inform the commission in writing regarding steps taken;

(d) Reimburse all operators who submit a claim for prizes paid as a result of selling sets or collations containing duplicate cards when such claim has been validated by commission staff; and

(e) Reimburse the commission for all cost incurred investigating duplicate card complaints that result in findings that the error was caused by manufacturers.

(4) Packets of cards must be collated so that each page of the packet:

(a) Is from a different set of cards;

(b) Has skips that are consistent throughout the entire collation and contains cards that are different when compared to other cards or faces in the pack or packet; and

(c) Has a different color or border pattern.

(5) Each set must include an audit system that allows identification of that specific set and each specific card within that set, allows tracking of the transfer of cards from the point of manufacture to operators, and facilitates sale by the operator to the player: Provided, That audit systems that accomplish regulatory requirements using alternative controls may be approved by the commission staff. The audit system shall meet the following requirements:

(a) Each set of cards manufactured as a specific product line, using the same color and border pattern, will be assigned a unique serial number by the manufacturer. The serial number must be imprinted on each card or face;

(b) Each card or face must be identified by a card number imprinted on the face of the card: Provided, That cards used in "player selection" games, authorized by WAC 230-20-241 and "keno bingo" games, authorized by WAC 230-20-247, are exempted from this requirement ((if an alternative control numbering system is used)); and

(c) Each sheet of cards within a set must be consecutively numbered: Provided, That sheets of cards do not have to be numbered if alternative audit controls are available and disclosed to the operator.

(6) Each set of cards or collation of packets of cards shall be sold intact as a single unit: Provided, That for ease of marketing to Class E and below operators and to operators of authorized unlicensed activities, distributors may divide sets or collations as authorized below:

(a) Cartons or packages assembled by manufacturers can not be opened prior to sale to an operator, except that distributors may open cartons or packages as authorized below:

(i) At an operator's request to change the "on," "up," and "cut." When such modification is made, the distributor shall be responsible for resealing the carton and noting all changes on the packing label;

(ii) To provide cards to Class A or B bingo games and for unlicensed activities authorized by RCW 9.46.0321 or 9.46.0355; and

(iii) To provide cards to individuals for noncommercial recreational activities.

(b) Subsets must contain at least one carton or package: Provided, That cartons or packages may be broken and cards sold in smaller quantities under conditions described in subsection (6)(a)(i) and (ii) of this section; and

(c) Subsets of cards used for "hidden face" bingo games must contain at least one thousand cards or sheets of cards.

(7) In addition to the requirements of subsections (1) through (6) of this section, cards sold to operators for use in the operation of "hidden face" bingo games, authorized by WAC 230-20-243, must meet the following requirements:

(a) Each card or sheet of cards must be printed, folded, and sealed in a manner that prohibits determination of numbers or symbols, configurations of such on the card, or the card number prior to opening by the player;

(b) Each card or sheet of cards must have a separate numbering system that is randomly distributed when compared to the card number imprinted in the "free" space. Manufacturers must utilize procedures that mix cards or sheets of cards in a manner that ensures no consistent relationship exists between the "card numbers" and separate numbering system within a set or subset and that there are no patterns or consistent relationships of the location of a specific card number between subsets from different sets;

(c) The serial number and the additional card or sheet number, required by (b) of this subsection, must be imprinted on the outside of the cards or sheets of cards and visible for recording without opening the card or sheet of cards; and

(d) Each set of cards must contain at least six thousand unique faces or patterns of numbers or symbols.

(8) In addition to the requirements of subsections (1) through (6) of this section, cards sold to operators for use in "player selection" bingo games, authorized by WAC 230-20-241, must be printed on two-part, self-duplicating paper that provides an original and duplicate copy;

(9) A packing record must be completed for each set of cards or collation of packets and either enclosed inside or in an envelope attached to the carton or package. If the marketing unit contains more than one carton or package, the packing record must be located on carton or package number one. The packing record must include at least the following:

(a) Name of manufacturer;

(b) Description of product, including the "series," "on," "cut," and "up";

(c) Records entry labels that match the identification and inspection services stamp attached to the packing label on the outside of the carton or package;

(d) Serial number or, if packets, serial number of the top page;

(e) Color and border pattern or, if packets, colors and border patterns of all sets and the sequence they are collated in the packet; and

(f) A record of any missing cards, sheets of cards, or packets.

(10) Each separate packing or marketing unit containing a set of cards or collation of packets of cards must be identified in a manner that allows determination of the contents without opening the package. If the marketing unit contains more than one case or carton, each unit shall be labeled and numbered. Minimum information to be disclosed on each carton or package:

(a) The identification and inspection services stamp number;

(b) Serial number or, if packets, serial number of the top page;

(c) Color and border pattern or, if packets, color and border pattern of the top page; and

(d) Number of the carton and the total number of cartons included in the marketing unit.

(11) Sets of cards, collations of packets, or any other marketing units established by a manufacturer shall be complete and contain the correct number of cards or packets and the specific cards or packets noted on the packing slip: Provided, That up to one percent of the cards in the set may be missing if all missing cards, sheets, or packets are documented on the packing record enclosed in carton or package number one of the marketing unit; and

(12) To provide the commission and operators the ability to verify the authenticity of winning cards, each manufacturer shall prepare and make available a master verification system for each type or product line of cards it manufactures. This master verification system shall provide a facsimile of each card within a set of cards by the card number. The master verification system shall display the exact numbers or symbols and the location or configuration of numbers or symbols on the card.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 94-01-033, 230-20-192, filed 12/6/93, effective 1/6/94.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 97-05-056, filed 2/19/97, effective 7/1/97)

WAC 230-20-240 Bingo equipment to be used. The conduct of bingo must include the following required items:

(1) A mechanical device that uses air flow for mixing and randomly withdrawing balls to determine the letters and numbers or symbols to be called must be utilized by all Class D and above operators. This device shall be constructed in the following manner:

(a) It will allow participants full view of the mixing action of the balls; and

(b) The operation cannot be interrupted to change the random placement of the balls at the exit receptacle of the device, except when the device is shut off as allowed by WAC 230-20-246;

(2) A set of seventy-five balls bearing the numbers one through seventy-five and the letters B, I, N, G, or O. Provided, That the letters B, I, N, G, O need not appear if the balls are used for speed or hidden face bingo games. The following additional requirements regarding bingo balls must be met:

(a) The entire set of balls shall be available for inspection by the players before a bingo session begins to determine that all are present and in operating condition;

(b) Each numbered ball shall be the same weight as each of the other balls and free from any defects; and

(c) Each set of balls in play must be distinguishable from all other sets of balls in play;

(3) Flashboards shall be utilized to display numbers called at all Class D and above bingo games. They must be visible to all players and clearly indicate all numbers that have been called: Provided, That malfunctions occurring during a bingo occasion need not be repaired during that occasion, but must be repaired before use on any other occasion;

(4) Bingo cards must be preprinted, manufactured cards that meet the following standards:

(a) Have twenty-five spaces, one of which may be a free space, arranged in five even columns headed with the letters B, I, N, G, and O, and except for the free space, imprinted with numbers and symbols: Provided, That bingo cards used for conducting player selection games are exempt from the requirements of this subsection if the requirements of WAC 230-20-241 are followed: Provided further, That bingo cards used for conducting keno bingo games are exempt from the requirements of this subsection if the requirements of WAC 230-20-247 are followed;

(b) Be manufactured by a licensed manufacturer: Provided, That electronically generated bingo cards authorized by WAC 230-20-106 may be produced by the operator using a printer interfaced with an electronic data base system: Provided further, That cards used in player selection games and keno bingo games may be manufactured by unlicensed manufacturers if:

(i) The primary activity of such manufacturer is producing nongambling products;

(ii) Cards must meet the requirements of WAC 230-20-192 and 230-20-241 or 230-20-247. The licensee that initially purchases such cards from the unlicensed manufacturer shall assume responsibility for compliance with all commission requirements;

(iii) In addition to the requirements set out in WAC 230-08-024 and 230-08-040, the invoice transferring these cards must include the beginning card number. If an operator purchases such cards directly from an unlicensed manufacturer, the operator shall assume responsibility for compliance with this requirement.

(c) All disposable bingo cards must meet the requirements of WAC 230-20-192; ((and))

(d) No licensed operator shall have disposable bingo cards with the same serial number, color/border pattern, and card number on the premises. This includes player selection and keno bingo cards; and

(e) Electronically generated cards and supporting equipment must meet the requirements of WAC 230-20-106;

(5) Effective January 1, 1997, all Class F and above bingo licensees shall conduct bingo games using disposable bingo cards or electronically generated cards. All income must be receipted for by using the audit system required by WAC 230-20-192 in conjunction with appropriate receipting system required by WAC 230-20-106, 230-20-107, or 230-20-108;

(6) Duplicate cards, as defined in WAC 230-20-192, are prohibited in the operation of bingo games conducted by Class D or above licensees. Operators are advised that conducting games using cards manufactured by different manufacturers may result in duplicate cards being placed in play and that the majority of cards in the "1 to 9000 series" are duplicate, regardless of the manufacturer. Duplicate card violations that result from use of cards from different manufacturers shall be the responsibility of the operator: Provided, That this section shall not apply to braille cards, authorized by WAC 230-20-246(4), if the operator takes steps to prevent duplicate cards and informs players regarding limitations to prizes when winners have duplicate cards because braille cards are being played;

(7) If duplicate cards are inadvertently sold at bingo games conducted by Class D or above licensees, the following procedures and restrictions apply:

(a) If all winners with duplicate cards are paid the entire prize amount that would be due if there were no duplicate cards, the licensee shall not be deemed to be in violation of this section;

(b) The amount of the prize for games with winners having duplicate cards shall be computed and paid using the following guidelines:

(i) Games that provide a bonus for a single winner - If all winners have duplicate cards then all winners shall be paid the bonus;

(ii) Games that result in multiple winners, some of which are players with duplicate cards - The split of the prize pool will be computed by counting all duplicate card winners as one. After the prize pool split is computed using this method, all winners will be paid according to the computed prize split;

(iii) If the prize pool contains noncash or merchandise prizes, the amount added to the prize pool for computing the split shall be the licensee's cost or retail value, whichever is posted in the game schedule: Provided, That manufactures [manufacturers] shall not be responsible for increases to the prize pool required by this subsection; and

(iv) If the prize is greater than one thousand dollars, the operator shall not be required to increase the total prize pool by more than fifty percent or five thousand dollars, whichever is less: Provided, That this limitation shall only be authorized once within a twelve-month period. If this limitation has been used within the last twelve months, the full prize amount shall be paid to all holders of duplicate cards;

(c) Increases to prize pools as a result of duplicate card errors, for which the manufacturer is responsible, may be deducted from prize payouts for computing compliance with WAC 230-20-064;

(d) Details of circumstances that resulted in duplicate cards being sold shall be documented and maintained as a part of the daily bingo record for the session;

(e) The commission shall be notified within forty-eight hours after discovery of a duplicate card error if:

(i) Caused by manufacturer printing, packaging, or collation errors; or

(ii) Any player winning with a duplicate card was not paid the entire prize amount;

(f) Licensees shall pursue reimbursement of all prizes paid due to errors from the manufacturer responsible for such errors.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (4), (20). 97-05-056, 230-20-240, filed 2/19/97, effective 7/1/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (1), (8) - (11), (14), (20). 96-13-067 (Order 293), 230-20-240, filed 6/18/96, effective 7/19/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 95-19-070, 230-20-240, filed 9/18/95, effective 1/1/96; 94-01-033, 230-20-240, filed 12/6/93, effective 1/6/94; 90-24-005 (Order 218), 230-20-240, filed 11/26/90, effective 12/27/90tatutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (11) and (14). 88-17-050 (Order 182), 230-20-240, filed 8/16/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.020 (1) and (10) and 9.46.070 (3), (11) and (14). 86-09-036 (Order 157), 230-20-240, filed 4/11/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (5), (6), (8), (10) and (11). 84-01-026 (Order 139), 230-20-240, filed 12/12/83. Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070 (8), (11) and (14). 83-13-050 (Order 134), 230-20-240, filed 6/14/83.]

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