WSR 06-22-051



[ Order 604 -- Filed October 27, 2006, 8:51 a.m. , effective January 1, 2008 ]

Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2008.

Purpose: The gambling commission is rewriting its rules manual using plain English techniques. The rules manual has been divided into sections and is being rewritten a section at a time. Rules pertaining to fund raising events have been rewritten in plain English and titled as chapter 230-09 WAC.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-17-133 on August 22, 2006, with a published date of September 6, 2006.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: WAC 230-09-020, 230-09-131, 230-09-150 and 230-09-165 were updated to reflect changes to current rules filed under WSR 06-17-083 with a published date of September 6, 2006, and adopted under WSR 06-21-114. The amendment allows poker to be played at fund-raising events.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 35, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 35, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 35, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: October 25, 2006.

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator


Chapter 230-09 WAC


WAC 230-09-001   Purpose.   Licensees may only hold fund-raising events (FREs) to raise funds for organizational purposes. Licensees must operate the FRE with a profit motive. A "profit motive" means a gambling activity conducted for purposes of obtaining funds for a charitable or nonprofit organization's programs. FRE licensees must make a good faith effort to ensure that the expenses paid for all phases of the FRE are less than the total gross receipts received.


WAC 230-09-005   Notify local law enforcement.   Licensees must notify local law enforcement agencies in writing of the time and place of the FRE at least ten days before conducting the FRE.


WAC 230-09-010   Ten thousand dollars net receipts limit.   (1) The calendar year net receipt limits of RCW 9.46.0233 apply to all FRE licensees. Net receipts are all wagers and bets received minus money used to purchase prizes and pay out cash prizes.

(2) Any licensees exceeding the calendar year net receipt limit must distribute excess net receipts within thirty days to another bona fide charitable or nonprofit organization that either:

(a) We license; or

(b) Meets the criteria set forth in RCW 9.46.0209.


WAC 230-09-015   Fund-raising events on December 31.   Licensees who hold FREs which continue past midnight on December 31 into the new calendar year may treat each hour of the event held as if the hours had occurred solely in the calendar year recorded on their license application. These hours are counted in computing and applying limits on the net receipts and on the number of FREs, or consecutive hours of those FREs, in the calendar year for which the license was issued.


WAC 230-09-020   Post house rules.   Licensees must develop house rules to govern the scope and manner of all gambling activities they will conduct during the FRE and prominently post these rules in the area where they will conduct the FRE. At a minimum, these rules must:

(1) State that single wagers must not exceed ten dollars. Raffle wagers may exceed ten dollars, but must not exceed the limits set forth in RCW 9.46.0277; and

(2) State that there are no limits on wagers made with scrip and no limits on the number of poker tournament chips that may be wagered; and

(3) Prohibit tipping.


WAC 230-09-025   No wagering among participants.   Licensees must not allow any participants at FREs to wager money or other items of value against any other participant, such as in side bets in poker, at the FRE.


WAC 230-09-030   Use chips or scrip.   Licensees must use chips or scrip or coin for wagering at FREs. Limited FRE licensees must use chips and scrip only. Licensees must issue the chips or scrip only during and at the FRE itself. Licensees must not redeem chips or scrip after the FRE has concluded.


WAC 230-09-035   Prepare membership list.   FRE licensees must prepare a list of all persons from their organizations participating in the management or operation of the FRE. The list must be available on the premises of the FRE and contain, at a minimum, the name, address, telephone number, and a brief statement signed by the chief executive officer certifying that each member listed is a full and regular member of the organization.


WAC 230-09-040   Separation of duties for central accounting system required.   Licensees must set up and maintain a central accounting system in a format we prescribe for all activities conducted at the FRE. Licensees must obtain accounting forms from us. The central accounting system must provide for the following minimum separation of duties:

(1) A cashier to handle the beginning bank, provide chips to the games, redeem chips and cash checks for the players; and

(2) A runner to transport money, chips, and lock boxes between gambling stations at the event; and

(3) Floor supervisors to supervise not more than six gambling stations each and who must supervise the transfer of lock boxes and chips and change trays to the count room; and

(4) Gambling station operators to control the activity at a specific gambling station.


WAC 230-09-045   Counting money.   Licensees must have an area for counting money separate from the area where gambling is taking place. Licensees must use the forms and format we prescribe for the count. Licensees must:

(1) Bring all money from the FRE to the counting area; and

(2) Assign three cashiers to count the money. Two cashiers must be in the counting area at all times money is present; and

(3) Have at least two cashiers verify the beginning count and sign the record; and

(4) Restrict access to the counting area to the cashiers and to the runner(s) who transport money or chips to or from those stations; and

(5) Transfer all money and chips to the counting area at the end of the day or event for final tabulation, reconciliation, and verification; and

(6) Have at least three bankers or cashiers verify the final tabulation and reconciliation and sign the verification.


WAC 230-09-050   Use lock boxes and money paddles.   Licensees must have numbered games stations with separate lock boxes and money paddles for each station. "Money paddle" means a wooden or plastic implement used to push money into the lock box slot.

(1) The money paddle must remain in the lock box slot whenever it is not in use. The money slot of the lock box must not exceed three and one-half inches in length and one-half inch in width; and

(2) Dealers must exchange all currency presented by the players for coin or chips and the dealer must immediately place it in the lock box; and

(3) Licensees must keep the keys to all lock boxes in the counting area at all times; and

(4) Only cashiers may open the lock boxes and they must open them only in the counting area.


WAC 230-09-055   Maintain records of net receipts.   Licensees must maintain records in sufficient detail to determine the net receipts of each gambling station operated. Licensees must:

(1) Record a reconciliation of the ending cash on hand to net receipts; and

(2) Deposit the ending cash on hand within two banking days of the conclusion of the fund-raising event and must include a validated deposit slip as part of the records; and

(3) Not spend any of the ending cash before the deposit.


WAC 230-09-060   Winners must be present and participating to win.   Winners must be present and participating to win at a fund-raising event.


WAC 230-09-065   Use only full and regular members to operate the fund-raising event.   (1) Licensees must use only full and regular members of the charitable or nonprofit organization to manage or assist in the operation of an FRE. "Full and regular membership" is defined in WAC 230-03-140.

(2) Licensees may also use "members" and "bona fide members" as defined in RCW 9.46.0261 to manage or assist in the operation of an FRE.


WAC 230-09-070   Compensation of other authorized employees.   Generally, licensees must not pay people to work at an FRE. However, in the following circumstances, licensees may compensate people:

(1) Licensees may allow people who are not members of the organization to perform incidental functions, which we will not consider "management or operation" under RCW 9.46.120. These incidental functions include:

(a) Serving food and drink to participants in the FRE; or

(b) Parking cars; or

(c) Maintaining general crowd control and order at the FRE; or

(d) Detecting people cheating, as long as that employee is a commissioned law enforcement officer with the power to make arrests in the jurisdiction in which the FRE is being held or is the employee of a commercial securities service firm licensed to provide these services by the city, town, or county in which the FRE is being conducted; or

(e) Providing janitorial functions; or

(f) Supervising these people, as long as the licensee does not pay these employees more than the local prevailing level of payment for supervising at events other than FREs.

(2) Licensees may also furnish food and nonalcoholic beverages to full and regular members who volunteer as long as the food or drink does not exceed twenty dollars per volunteer per FRE.

(3) If a licensee's employee is also a full and regular member of the organization or its auxiliary and is not scheduled for assigned employee duties at the time of the FRE, the employee may assist in the FRE.


WAC 230-09-075   Workers must wear name tags.   All fund-raising event workers must wear a name tag at all times. Name tags must include at least the member's first initial and last name or first name and first initial of the last name and the name of the organization.


WAC 230-09-080   Holding fund-raising events on commercial business premises.   (1) Licensees may operate FREs on commercial business premises only if:

(a) The commercial business is closed to the public at all times during which the licensee conducts the FRE; or

(b) The portion of the business premises in which the licensee conducts the FRE is separate and apart from the portion used by the commercial business. In this rule, "separate and apart" means having a permanent or temporary partition. The partition must:

(i) Have not more than two designated openings to limit pedestrian flow; and

(ii) Provide a solid, distinct separation between the portion of the premises where the licensee conducts the FRE and the portion of the premises the commercial business uses.

(2) Licensees must not conduct an FRE on or within a commercial business premises while any other organization is conducting an FRE on or within the same commercial business premises.


WAC 230-09-085   Commercial business must not participate in fund-raising events.   (1) Licensees must ensure the owners, managers, or employees of the commercial business premises used for the FRE do not participate in the operation of any of the FRE activities.

(2) Licensees must not hold an FRE on the premises of a commercial business if any of the licensee's officers are owners, managers, or employees of the commercial business.


WAC 230-09-090   Control of premises.   Licensees must have, and exercise, complete control over the portion of the premises where the FRE takes place at all times they conduct the FRE. However, if the sale, service, or consumption of liquor is permitted in that portion of the premises, the liquor licensee or permittee must be responsible for compliance with liquor laws and regulations.


WAC 230-09-095   Using, leasing, or renting equipment.   (1) FRE licensees must purchase, lease, or rent gambling equipment only from a licensed distributor or another FRE licensee.

(2) FRE licensees may sell their equipment to other FRE licensees or distributors.

(3) FRE licensees may loan or rent their own equipment for up to four events per year without obtaining an FRE equipment distributor license if:

(a) The FREs take place within the twelve calendar month period following the licensee's last FRE; and

(b) The licensee ensures their equipment is only used in FREs or other authorized activities, such as bingo.

(4) FRE equipment distributor licensees must sell, rent, or lease gambling equipment, premises, or services for use in an FRE on commercially reasonable terms.

(5) Licensees must make all rentals at a lump sum or hourly rate and rentals must not be based on a percentage of the income or profit from the FRE.


WAC 230-09-100   Pull-tabs authorized.   Licensees must operate pull-tabs solely under their FRE license, not under a separate pull-tab license. If licensees sell pull-tabs, they must:

(1) Purchase the pull-tabs for specific use at FREs and record the identification and inspection services stamps on the form we provide; and

(2) Mix the pull-tabs and sell them out of a clear container. Licensees must not use a coin-operated dispensing device; and

(3) Use the manufacturer's set price for each specific series; and

(4) Have no more than three pull-tab series out for play at one time; and

(5) Sell all pull-tabs from a booth or similar confined area which prohibits public access to the pull-tabs; and

(6) Treat each pull-tab series as a separately numbered gambling station. Each series must have a separate corresponding lock box, money paddle, and chip tray for making change and payment of prizes. The attendant(s) on duty must immediately place all currency, coins, or chips used to purchase pull-tabs in the corresponding lock box. All change given back to players must be in the form of chips or coins from the chip tray; and

(7) Deface all winning pull-tabs when they are cashed in and put them in the corresponding lock box; and

(8) Pay winning pull-tabs in chips and coins only, or players may cash in winning pull-tabs for additional pull-tabs only from the same series; and

(9) Comply with all other rules and laws for pull-tabs in Title 230 WAC and chapter 9.46 RCW.


WAC 230-09-105   Processing pull-tabs after play.   When attendants remove a series from play, a runner must take the series, including the flare, the corresponding lock box, and chip tray to the count room.

(1) Cashiers must immediately record all gross gambling receipts collected, prizes paid, and tabs sold and write the totals on the pull-tab accounting report we furnish according to the instructions attached; and

(2) After completing the count, cashiers must package or band winning pull-tabs separately and place them with the unused portion of that particular series in the original shipping container. The licensee must retain the used series for one year; and

(3) At the completion of the FRE, licensees must:

(a) Take all series still out for play to the count room and follow count room procedures; and

(b) Return all unopened pull-tab series to the licensed distributor who sold the series for a full refund. Licensees must not sell or operate the unopened series under their separate pull-tab license.


WAC 230-09-110   Punch boards not authorized.   Fund-raising event licensees must not operate punch boards as part of the FRE.


WAC 230-09-115   Bingo authorized.   Licensees must operate bingo solely under their FRE license, not under a separate bingo license. If licensees operate bingo, they must:

(1) Count income from bingo against the maximum net receipts authorized for FREs; and

(2) Comply with all of our rules for Class A, B, and C bingo.


WAC 230-09-120   Disposable bingo cards.   (1) Licensees that have a separate bingo license and use disposable bingo cards at the FRE must follow the inventory control procedures for disposable cards in the bingo rules chapter.

(2) Licensees that do not have a separate bingo license must keep all unused disposable cards or packets as part of the FRE record. Licensees may return unused cards or packets to the distributor if there are no breaks in the consecutive card/audit numbers. Licensees must receive documentation from the distributor of the total number of cards or packets returned and the beginning and ending card/audit numbers.


WAC 230-09-125   Raffles authorized.   (1) Licensees may operate raffles at FREs in one of two ways:

(a) Solely under their fund-raising event license. Licensees must conduct all aspects of the raffle during the FRE. Income from this raffle counts toward the FRE limits; or

(b) Under a separate raffle license. Licensees must sell all tickets for the raffle and deposit all tickets in the drawing receptacle before the FRE and hold the raffle drawing at the FRE. Income from this raffle counts toward the limits of the licensee's raffle class.

(2) For raffles conducted under an FRE license, licensees must:

(a) Not sell single FRE raffle tickets for more than twenty-five dollars per ticket; and

(b) Not require a person to buy more than one ticket; and

(c) Use consecutively numbered tickets; and

(d) Ensure that each ticket has a separate and equal chance to win; and

(e) Randomly draw the winning ticket; and

(f) Operate and account for raffles as independent gambling stations at the FRE; and

(g) Maintain records to verify gross sales of tickets; and

(h) Report all FRE raffle income, prizes awarded, and other expenses and these amounts count toward the maximum net receipts authorized for FREs.


WAC 230-09-130   Blackjack or "21" authorized.   Licensees may operate blackjack or "21" at licensed FREs according to the following requirements:

(1) Dealers must deal all cards from a dealing shoe. The deal must begin with a shoe containing at least four full decks of cards and proceed until the cards are reshuffled, withdrawn for examination, or replaced. The shoe must then be refilled with at least four decks of cards and the process repeated; and

(2) Dealers must deal cards to the players face up on the table; and

(3) Players must not pick up, shuffle, or cut the cards; and

(4) Licensees must use only standard size playing cards; and

(5) Dealers may shuffle the cards using a device, apparatus, or mechanism.


WAC 230-09-131   Poker tournaments authorized.   Licensees may operate poker tournaments at fund-raising events. Licensees must:

(1) Adopt and prominently post tournament rules; and

(2) Count all money paid to enter a tournament or purchase chips as a wager when determining their ten thousand dollar net receipts limits; and

(3) Not allow chips used in poker tournaments to have a monetary value; and

(4) Allow chips to be redeemed for merchandise prizes only; and

(5) Maintain a record of all prizes awarded, including, at least:

(a) The amount paid for each prize; and

(b) For donated prizes, the name of the donor and a description of the prize(s) donated; and

(c) The name and complete address of each winner.


WAC 230-09-135   Joining together with other licensees to conduct a fund-raising event.   FRE licensees may jointly conduct an FRE if they:

(1) Do not exceed their individual FRE limit for the calendar year or a single event; and

(2) Prepare a list of all persons from their organizations participating in the management or operation of the FRE. The list must be available on the premises of the FRE and contain, at a minimum, the name, address, telephone number, and a brief statement signed by the chief executive officer certifying that each member listed is a full and regular member of the organization; and

(3) Keep records which clearly disclose the amount of money received and spent in connection with the joint FRE.


WAC 230-09-140   Lead organization responsibilities.   The lead organization must:

(1) Be responsible for the central accounting system; and

(2) Comply with all recordkeeping and reporting rules; and

(3) Deposit the ending cash on hand; and

(4) Prepare and submit a fund-raising event report; and

(5) Disburse all funds due to any participating organizations by check within thirty days following the event.


WAC 230-09-145   Limited fund-raising event defined.   A limited FRE means:

(1) Only members and guests of the organization may participate in a limited FRE. A limited FRE is not open to the public; and

(2) Only merchandise prizes, not cash, are awarded; and

(3) The organization may hire a licensed FRE equipment distributor to provide the equipment and staff to operate gambling stations; and

(4) The organization may deduct the cost of equipment rental and services when calculating the FRE net receipts limits.


WAC 230-09-150   Operating a limited fund-raising event.   (1) Licensees must:

(a) Require participants to purchase scrip with cash; and

(b) Exchange scrip at gambling stations for chips; and

(c) Allow only full and regular members to make cash transactions for scrip and maintain records during the FRE; and

(d) Disclose the prizes offered. The costs of prizes must not exceed fair market value. The organization may advertise the prize to the participants at the retail value; and

(e) Prevent the cost of all prizes from exceeding ten percent of the gross revenue of the event; and

(f) Comply with all other FRE rules.

(2) Licensees may allow unlimited wagering when using scrip and poker tournament chips.


WAC 230-09-155   Recordkeeping at limited fund-raising events.   Limited FREs licensees must comply with WAC 230-06-070. In order to show compliance with FRE limits, licensees also must provide details regarding how much of the admission fees from the limited FRE they allocate to gambling scrip and how much they allocate to other activities, such as meals and entertainment.


WAC 230-09-160   Fund-raising event distributor rules at limited fund-raising events.   (1) The FRE equipment distributor must not share in any way in the proceeds of the FRE.

(2) Employees of the FRE equipment distributor must:

(a) Wear a name tag with, at a minimum, their first name and the full name of the distributor; and

(b) Not handle cash transactions; and

(c) Not allow participants to purchase chips with cash.


WAC 230-09-165   Restrictions on gambling activities at limited fund-raising events.   (1) Licensees must not sell pull-tabs at limited FREs.

(2) Licensees may operate poker tournaments. Tournament rules must be established and prominently posted.

(3) Licensees must ensure that participants play only for merchandise prizes.

(4) Licensees may allow participants to exchange chips or scrip for raffle tickets at the end of a limited FRE to determine who will win merchandise prizes.

(5) Licensees may only sell bingo cards to participants in exchange for scrip.


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