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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 11. Gaming
Agency 15. Charitable Gaming Board
Chapter 50. Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament Regulations

11VAC15-50-70. Charitable gaming supplies; approval of mechanical card shuffler and dealer shoes and other electronic and mechanical equipment.

A. Operators and organizations shall purchase charitable gaming supplies, including cards, chips, and electronic and mechanical devices, only from a charitable gaming supplier permitted pursuant to § 18.2-340.34 of the Code of Virginia.

B. Electronic and mechanical devices, including electronic poker tables, may be used to conduct poker games or tournaments, provided that such electronic or mechanical equipment or device is preapproved by the department in accordance with and subject to this section and such technical standards adopted by the department.

C. The department shall set testing criteria for all mechanical card shuffler and dealer shoes and other electronic and mechanical equipment used during a poker tournament. A mechanical card shuffler and dealer shoe or other electronic and mechanical equipment used during a poker tournament shall not be sold, leased, or otherwise furnished to any person in the Commonwealth of Virginia for use during a poker tournament until an identical sample card shuffler and dealer shoes or equipment containing identical software has been certified by a testing facility that has been formally recognized by the department as a testing facility that upholds the standards of integrity established by the department. The testing facility must certify that the mechanical card shuffler and dealer shoe, other mechanical equipment, associated hardware, and associated software conform, at a minimum, to the requirements of this chapter. Once the testing facility reports the test results to the department, the department will either approve or reject the mechanical card shuffler and dealer shoe or other mechanical equipment and inform the manufacturer of the results. If any such system or equipment does not meet the department's criteria, that system or equipment shall be recalled and shall not be distributed in the Commonwealth. The cost of testing shall be borne by the manufacturer of such equipment.

D. Notwithstanding any other testing criteria established by the department, the mechanical card shuffler and dealer shoe shall be tested to the standards established by Gaming Laboratories International for card shufflers and dealer shoes.

Statutory Authority

§§ 18.2-340.19 and 18.2-340.28:2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 17, eff. March 23, 2021.

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