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Category: gaming


Gambling Commission meeting July 12 will discuss cardroom rule changes

The State Gambling Commission will hold a one-day regular meeting on July 12 at the Embassy Suites in Tukwila, 15920 West Valley Hwy.

Along with a report from Director Rick Day, commissioners will hear a report on adjustments to the 2013 budget and will consider taking final action on a change to gaming rules concerning house-banked card games. The new rule wold allow carry-over pots at cardrooms.

Other rules up for discussion include allowing bonus features at various games at a cardroom and whether to allow photographs of pull-tab prizes rather than the prize itself where chances are sold.

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Comic Book Ink closing in July; Magic the Gathering and HeroClix groups can still meet, and subscriptions will be honored through closure

Loyal customers have already heard the news that Comic Book Ink will close in early July.

Founder and owner John Munn recently sent an e-mail announcing that the store – which opened in the Proctor District a decade ago, then moved to Tacoma’s East Side, and now resides just west of I-5 on South 84th Street – was no longer financially viable.

Munn’s bank would not extend further credit. “My banker looked at me as if she had shot me on accident,” he wrote. “’I can’t do it,’ she said. ‘They won’t let me.’”

Munn said he soon realized, “I

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April Gambling Commission meeting in Tumwater: petitions ask to allow changes in card room betting

The Washington State Gambling Commission will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 12, at the Comfort Inn Conference Center at 1620 74th Ave. S.W.. in Tumwater. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.

In a release on Wednesday, the commission said the agenda will include discussions concerning a petition to allow carryover pots for house-banked card games, and a public petition to allow certain special “bonus,” “envy” and “share the wealth” bonus bets to be connected between different tables in card rooms.

The meeting will also include an opportunity for public comment on items of interest.


New casino building slated for Kingston

A Kitsap Peninsula tribe broke ground Monday for a major new building to replace its existing casino at Kingston.

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is building a 52,000-square-foot structure that will augment the existing Point Casino at Kingston on the northeastern end of the Kitsap Peninsula.

When the new building opens in the first half of 2012, the 20,000-square-foot existing casino building will be repurposed as office space and casino backup space.

The casino expects to hire about 60-80 more casino workers, the tribe said.

The general contractor for the new casino project is Lonestar/KHS&S, a joint venture. 


That’s a whole lot of Bingo cards! Among other items, State Gambling Commission to discuss an increase in electronic daubers

If you have an opinion either way on whether the number of Bingo cards in electronic Bingo daubers should be increased from 66 to 144, then Vancouver will be the place the place to be next week.

That’s when the Washington State Gambling Commission will conduct its next meeting – on August 11 and 12 – at the Vancouver Heathman Lodge, 7801 Greenwood Dr.

Along with daubers, the commission will hear presentations concerning or discuss tribal gaming, linking progressive jackpots between various house-banked card rooms, the reduction of fees for charitable licenses and details concerning the manufacture of pull-tabs.


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Mini-casino lobbying group releases study – and will support legislation – in favor of “slot machine” expansion in state

The Recreational Gaming Association, which represents non-tribal mini-casinos in the state, will support a bill expanding machine gaming in the state.

According to Dolores Chiechi, association executive director, the bill will be introduced in the state House as soon as next week.

“Look for bill to be introduced Monday,” she said Thursday afternoon.

The bill will propose that mini-casinos, or “house-banked card rooms,’ be allowed to offer customers a chance to bet on slot-machine-like devices similar to those in tribal casinos.

Although previous efforts to legalize the machines have failed, Chiechi said this proposal may gain favor with legislators.


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AG reaches settlement with Publishers Clearing House over promotional tactics

Attorney General Rob McKenna wants you to know you don’t have to buy any magazines from Publishers Clearing House to have the Prize Patrol knock at your door.

The magazine subscription service, best known for its multi-million dollar sweepstakes prizes, has agreed to make clear that no purchases are needed for you to be eligible for their prizes, under a deal announced by McKenna and other attorneys general this week.

Several states previously had reached an agreement with PCH about its promotional practices, said McKenna, but an investigation showed the firm was not fully complying with those agreements.

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Lucky Dog Casino is still hiring

The Lucky Dog Casino is back open year-round after a 10-month hiatus, David Owens, general manager said Friday.

The Skokomish Tribe casino also is still looking to hire a few more folks with casino experience, Owens said. Lucky Dog is on U.S. Highway 101 north of Shelton. Officials plan a grand opening the weekend of Aug. 27-29.

“We have rebranded and redesigned the casino,” Owens said. “Anybody who comes in here will have a new experience.”

About 50 people currently work at the casino and its restaurant, the Northfork Bar and Grill. When the casino closed for the winter because

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