Keeping funds to pay prizes, progressive jackpot prizes, and odds-based wager prizes.

(1) House-banked card game licensees must ensure that they have sufficient funds available to pay prizes, progressive jackpot prizes and odds-based wager prizes. An "odds-based wager" means a wager where the player wins an amount over and above the amount he or she wagered if a fixed pattern or combination of cards occurs, for example, a royal flush, four aces, or a pair.
(2) Licensees must not offer card games until they have met all of these requirements:
(a) Progressive jackpot prizes.
(i) Keep a separate bank account for progressive jackpot prizes. The account must be kept in a bank, mutual savings bank, or credit union located in Washington state;
(ii) Deposit all funds accrued for progressive jackpot prizes at least weekly; and
(iii) If the prize bank account is reduced below the level required, licensees must immediately stop operating games until they are in compliance.
(b) Odds-based wager prizes.
(i) Licensees offering more than one individual odds-based wager prize greater than twenty-five thousand dollars must keep an amount equal to the second highest odds-based wager prize offered in a bank, mutual savings bank, or a credit union located in Washington state; or possess a verifiable line of credit from a Washington state financial institution for at least the amount required; and
(ii) Use the highest wager they allow to calculate the individual odds-based wager prize amount to determine the amount for this requirement.
(3) Licensees may limit pay outs by using table and/or individual player aggregates.
(4) A licensee's failure to keep funds as required in this rule is prima facie evidence of defrauding the public and a violation of RCW 9.46.190.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 9.46.070. WSR 09-15-070 (Order 654), § 230-15-455, filed 7/13/09, effective 1/1/10; WSR 07-09-033 (Order 608), § 230-15-455, filed 4/10/07, effective 1/1/08.]
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