WSR 08-17-122



[ Filed August 20, 2008, 11:42 a.m. ]

     Original Notice.

     Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-08-002.

     Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 230-15-055 Limit on number of players at each table.

     Hearing Location(s): Red Lion Hotel, 303 West North River Drive, Spokane, WA 99201, (509) 326-8000, on October 10, 2008, at 9:30 a.m.

     Date of Intended Adoption: October 10, 2008.

     Submit Written Comments to: Susan Arland, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, e-mail, fax (360) 486-3625, by October 1, 2008.

     Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Gail Grate, executive assistant, by October 1, 2008, TTY (360) 486-3637 or (360) 486-3453.

     Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: At their May 2008 meeting, the commission filed a petition for rule change from the Recreational Gaming Association (RGA) to increase the number of players at a card table to:

     (1) Seven to nine at house-banked games, unless limited by manufacturer's rule; and

     (2) Ten to twelve at nonhouse-banked games.

     The RGA states that tribal venues are allowed up to nine players in house-banked card games and up to twelve players at poker tables, which is the industry standard. The RGA states that house-banked card rooms should be able to offer games at the same levels being offered at tribal casinos.

     Alternative #1: At the August 2008 commission meeting, the commission filed an amended petition submitted by the RGA requesting only an increase in the number of players a [at] house-banked games and withdrew their request to increase the number of players at nonhouse-banked card games. The RGA states this increase would allow:

Players to wager on multiple hands. For example, three players wagering on three hands of cards.
For the development of new games.
Small operators in eastern Washington to add two additional players to a game, rather than opening an additional gaming table. This saves the operating expenses of paying dealers and floor supervisors to operate an additional card table.

     Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.

     Statute Being Implemented: Not applicable.

     Name of Proponent: Recreational Gaming Association, 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.

August 20, 2008

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 608, filed 4/10/07, effective 1/1/08)

WAC 230-15-055   Limit on number of players at each table.   Card game licensees must only allow:

     (1) Up to ((seven)) nine players or areas for wagering at any table in house-banked card games.

     (2) Up to ten players at any table in nonhouse-banked card games.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. 07-09-033 (Order 608), § 230-15-055, filed 4/10/07, effective 1/1/08.]

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