Iowa Admin. Code r. 491-11.7 - Table game requirements
Current through Register Vol. 44, No. 20, April 6, 2022
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491—11.7(99F) Table game requirements.
11.7(1) Devices that determine or affect the outcome of wagers or are used in the collection of wagers on table games are subject to the requirements of rule 491—11.4(99F) and subrule 11.5(3). Removable storage media shall be sealed with tamper-evident tape by a commission representative prior to implementation.
a. All wagers at table games shall be made by placing gaming chips or coins on the appropriate areas of the layout or by making a cashless wager using an approved wagering device.
b. Information pertaining to the minimum and maximum allowed at the table shall be posted on the game.
c. A facility may impose an aggregate payout limit on a per round basis for approved table game odds payouts that are greater than 50 to 1. If imposed, aggregate limits shall be at least the highest available award at the posted minimum bet, or $25,000, whichever amount is greater, and the amount shall be posted on the game. When applying the aggregate payout limit to multiple players’ wins, facilities shall calculate each player’s win as a pro rata share of the aggregate payout limit. Alternate aggregate or individual player payout limits may be established, as determined by the administrator.
d. Any other fee collected to participate in a table game shall be subject to the wagering tax pursuant to Iowa Code section 99F.11.
a. Wagers must be made before the dice are thrown. “Call bets,” or the calling out of bets between the time the dice leave the shooter’s hand and the time the dice come to rest, not accompanied by the placement of gaming chips, are not allowed. A wager made on any bet may be removed or reduced at any time prior to a roll that decides the outcome of such wager unless the wager is a “Pass” or “Come” bet and a point has been established with respect to such bet or the wager is a proposition bet contingent on multiple rolls.
b. The shooter shall make a “Pass” or “Don’t Pass” bet and shall handle the two selected dice with one hand before throwing the dice in a simultaneous manner.
c. Each die used shall be transparent.
a. Before the first card is dealt for each round of play, each player shall make a wager against the dealer. Once the first card of any hand has been dealt by the dealer, no player shall handle, remove, or alter any wagers that have been made until a decision has been rendered and implemented with respect to that wager. Once a wager on the insurance line, a wager to double down, or a wager to split pairs has been made and confirmed by the dealer, no player shall handle, remove, or alter the wagers until a decision has been rendered and implemented with respect to that wager, except as explicitly permitted. A facility or licensee shall not permit any player to engage in conduct that violates this paragraph.
b. At the conclusion of a round of play, all cards still remaining on the layout shall be picked up by the dealer in a prescribed order and in such a way that they can be readily arranged to indicate each player’s hand in case of question or dispute. The dealer shall pick up the cards beginning with those of the player to the far right and moving counterclockwise around the table. The dealer’s hand will be the last hand collected. The cards will then be placed on top of the discard pile. No player or spectator shall remove or alter any cards used to game at twenty-one or be permitted to do so by a casino employee.
c. Each player at the table shall be responsible for correctly computing the point count of the player’s hand. No player shall rely on the point counts announced by the dealer without checking the accuracy of such announcement.
a. No person at a roulette table shall be issued or permitted to game with nonvalue gaming chips that are identical in color and design to value gaming chips or to nonvalue gaming chips being used by another person at that same table.
b. Each player shall be responsible for the correct positioning of the player’s wager on the roulette layout, regardless of whether the player is assisted by the dealer. Each player must ensure that any instructions the player gives to the dealer regarding the placement of the player’s wager are correctly carried out.
c. Each wager shall be settled strictly in accordance with its position on the layout when the ball falls to rest in a compartment of the wheel.
11.7(6) Big six.
a. Wagers must be made before the spin of the wheel.
b. Each player shall be responsible for the correct positioning of the player’s wager on the layout regardless of whether that player is assisted by the dealer.
c. The wheel may be spun in either direction, but must complete at least three revolutions to be considered a valid spin.
d. Each wager shall be settled strictly in accordance with its position on the layout when the wheel stops with the winning indicator in a compartment of the wheel. In accordance with subrule 11.4(3), the rules shall include procedures addressing wheel stops that land between two compartments of the wheel. These procedures shall be posted at the game.
a. When a facility conducts poker with an imprest dealer gaming chip bank, the rules in 491—Chapter 12 for closing and distributing or removing gaming chips to or from gaming tables do not apply. The entire amount of the table rake is subject to the wagering tax pursuant to Iowa Code section 99F.11. Proposals for imprest dealer gaming chip banks must be submitted in writing and approved by a commission representative prior to use and must include, but not be limited to, controls to regularly monitor, investigate, and report table bank variances.
b. All games shall be played according to table stakes game rules as follows:
(1)Only gaming chips or coins on the table at the start of a deal shall be in play for that pot.
(2)Concealed gaming chips or coins shall not play.
(3)A player with gaming chips may add additional gaming chips between deals, provided that the player complies with any minimum buy-in requirement.
(4)A player is never obliged to drop out of contention because of insufficient gaming chips to call the full amount of a bet, but may call for the amount of gaming chips the player has on the table. The excess part of the bet made by other players is either returned to the players or used to form a side pot.
c. Each player in a poker game is required to act only in the player’s own best interest. The facility has the responsibility of ensuring that any behavior designed to assist one player over another is prohibited. The facility may prohibit any two players from playing in the same game.
d. Poker games where winning wagers are paid by the facility according to specific payout odds or pay tables are permitted.
e. The facility shall comply with and receive approval pursuant to subrule 11.4(3) for each type of poker game offered.
f. The facility may elect to offer a jackpot award generated from pot contributions at a table or group of tables for predesignated high-value poker hands, subject to the following requirements:
(1)Approval of the jackpot award rules must be obtained from a commission representative prior to play.
(2)Jackpot award rules and jackpot award amounts shall be posted in a conspicuous location within the poker room. Jackpot award amounts shall be updated no less than once per day.
(3)The facility shall divide pot contributions for any single qualifying award circumstance or event into no more than three jackpot award pools.
(4)The jackpot award pool containing the highest monetary value amount shall be the amount posted in the poker room and awarded to a qualifying player or players.
(5)If additional jackpot award pools are in use, the award pool containing the highest monetary value shall be used to seed the primary jackpot award pool.
(6)All moneys collected as pot contributions to a jackpot award payout shall be distributed in their entirety to the players; no facility shall charge an administration fee for distribution of a jackpot award.
11.7(8) Baccarat. Before the first card is dealt for each round of play, each player is permitted to make a wager on the Banker’s Hand, Player’s Hand, Tie Bet, and any proposition bet if offered. All wagers shall be made by placing gaming chips on the appropriate areas of the layout. Once the first card has been dealt by the dealer, no player shall handle, remove, or alter any wagers that have been made until a decision has been rendered and implemented with respect to that wager.
11.7(9) Preverified cards. Cards that are verified prior to arrival at the facility may be approved by the administrator for use in table games authorized by this rule. Preverified cards may be shuffled or sequenced according to the licensee’s specifications. Each manufacturer of preverified cards shall request approval of its cards, pursuant to subrule 11.4(1), and is subject to the following additional requirements:
a. Each device used to verify or automate the randomization of the cards before they are shipped to a licensee shall be certified by a commission-designated independent testing facility.
b. The manufacturer shall develop and submit to the administrator a process for producing, shuffling, and packaging preverified cards that includes the following:
(1)A visual inspection of the back of each card, ensuring the cards are not flawed or marked in any way that might compromise the integrity of the gambling game.
(2)A verification that each package of cards contains the correct number of suits and cards in accordance with the commission-approved rules of the game for the game with which the package of cards is intended for use.
(3)Insertion of the cards in a package with a tamper-evident seal that bears conspicuous indication if the package has been opened. The exterior of the package shall indicate:
1. The total number of decks contained within the package.
2. The commission-authorized game with which the cards are intended for use.
3. The color of the cards within the package.
(4)Generation of a receipt in the package or a label on the sealed package to include the following information:
1. The total number of cards and decks contained within the package.
2. The date and time the cards were shuffled, verified and packaged.
3. Information sufficient to determine the specific details regarding any persons or devices involved in the production, verification or packaging of the cards.
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