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Washington regulator agrees gaming compact amendment

| By Robert Fletcher
The Washington State Gambling Commission has reached a tentative agreement with the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe to amend the Class III gaming compact for the Tribe’s gaming operations in the US state.
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The proposed amendments include a number of new provisions to provide new and expanded gambling opportunities for customers at the Tribe’s Snoqualmie Casino, as well as increased promotion of responsible gambling and increasing the Tribe’s contributions to the community.

Among the proposed changes are to permit the Tribe to run a maximum of 125 gaming tables at any single gambling facility, or a combination of two facilities. Some 25% of tables would be able to offer up to $1,000 wagers and a limited number of tables could accept bets up to $5,000 after customer screening.

This amendment would also allow the operation of 3,000 player terminals in one gaming facility or a combination of two facilities, with maximum wagers of up to $30 on these machines.

Other changes set out under the tentative agreement include the addition of near-field communication (NFC) devices, EMV or smart cards or similar secure payment technologies for approved customers.

In exchange for these operational improvements, the Tribe would work with the state to expand and maintain its ongoing responsible gambling program. This would include providing additional funding for problem gambling treatment and community impact and charitable contributions.

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