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Washington Casino and Card Room Gaming

Card rooms are allowed to operate in Washington State. Non-tribal card room establishments cannot operate slot machines, video lottery terminals or video pull-tabs.

Card rooms are regulated by the Washington State Gambling Commission (WSGC), which uses no general state tax revenues for its operations; it is funded solely by licensing and regulatory fees paid by licensees.

In 1981, legislation was changed to increase the tax on card games from 5% to 20%.

In 1996, the WSGC created a pilot program for card room enhancements, which allowed more tables, alternative collection methods, and player-supported progressive prizes. Fifteen card rooms participated in the study. The card room pilot program was revised by the WSGC the following year to conform to new legislation authorizing house-banked and player-banked card games. On 15 May 2000, the pilot program rules became permanent.

Card room rules have changed significantly four times since then. In 2006, card room betting limits were raised to allow $200 wagering limits at all tables in a house-banked card room. Previously, a card room could only have $200 wagers on at most three tables.

In 2008, card room hours of operation changed from 20 hours a day, seven days a week, to 24 hours a day, five days a week.

In 2012, the WSGC authorized carryover pots, for up to 10 games, in house-banked card games. Previously, pots could not be carried over. Texas Hold'em wagering limits were raised from $40 to $100.

In 1999, the City Council of Tacoma, Washington voted to ban mini-casinos. The City Council decided to allow existing card rooms to stay open for six more years to try to recoup their investments. When the six-year deadline was near, a campaign to overturn the ban began. A Pierce County Superior Court judge ruled that the card rooms may stay open while awaiting the vote. September 2006, voters elected to shut the card rooms down in a ballot initiative. As a result, the three card rooms in Tacoma were immediately closed.

In November 2008, a vote in the City of Lakewood to ban house-banked card rooms failed.

Washington Casino and Card Room Gaming Properties

All Star Lanes & Casino
Black Pearl Restaurant and Card Room
Buzz Inn Steakhouse and Casino
Caribbean Cardroom
Casino Caribbean - Kirkland
Casino Caribbean - Yakima
Chips Casino Lakewood
Clearwater Saloon & Casino
Club Hollywood Casino
Coyote Bob's Roadhouse Casino
Crazy Moose Casino - Mountlake
Crazy Moose Casino - Pasco
Fortune Casino - Renton
Fortune Casino - Tukwila
Goldie's Shoreline Casino
Great American Casino Everett
Great American Casino Lakewood
Great American Casino Tukwila
Hawk's Prairie Casino & Restaurant
Iron Horse Casino
Joker's Casino and Sports Bar
Lancer Lanes Fun Center and Casino
Lilac Lanes and Casino
Macau Casino - Lakewood
Macau Casino - Tukwila
Mr. Z's Casino
Nob Hill Casino
Palace Casino La Center
Palace Casino Lakewood
Papa's Casino Restaurant and Lounge
Red Dragon Casino
Riverside Casino
Roman Casino
Roxy's Casino
Royal Casino
Silver Dollar Casino - Mill Creek
Silver Dollar Casino - Renton
Silver Dollar Casino - Seatac
Slo Pitch Sports Grill & Casino
The Last Frontier Casino
Valley Lanes Casino
Wild Goose Casino
Wizards Restaurant and Casino
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