Administrative Code

Creating a Report: Check the sections you'd like to appear in the report, then use the "Create Report" button at the bottom of the page to generate your report. Once the report is generated you'll then have the option to download it as a pdf, print or email the report.

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 11. Gaming
Agency 5. Virginia Lottery Board
Chapter 90. Casino Gaming
7/16/2024

11VAC5-90-100. General facility operator requirements.

A. Purpose.

1. The requirements of this section are in addition to any other requirements for licensees and permit holders.

2. The purposes of the casino gaming law and this chapter are to assist economic development, promote tourism, and provide for the implementation of casino gaming operations of the highest quality, honesty, and integrity and free of any corrupt, incompetent, dishonest, or unprincipled practices.

3. An application for a facility operator's license shall:

a. Be complete before it is fully evaluated by the department;

b. Shall include such information about the facility and its location as required by the department; and

c. Be evaluated as to whether:

(1) The application complies with the minimum standards provided in the casino gaming law and this chapter; and

(2) Gaming operations at the proposed location will be in furtherance of the purposes of the casino gaming law and this chapter.

B. Board and director responsibility.

1. No member of the board shall:

a. Have any direct or indirect financial, ownership, or management interest in any casino gaming operation.

b. Receive or share in, directly or indirectly, the receipts or proceeds of any casino gaming operation.

c. Have an interest in any contract for the manufacture or sale of gaming devices, the conduct of any gaming activity, or the provision of independent consulting services in connection with any gaming establishment or gaming activity.

2. The board may issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses before the board, administer oaths, and compel production of records or other documents and testimony of such witnesses whenever in the judgment of the board it is necessary to do so for the effectual discharge of its duties.

3. In addition to any other audits provided for under this chapter, the board may order such audits as it deems necessary and desirable.

4. The director shall have the authority to:

a. Inspect and investigate and have free access to the offices, facilities, or other places of business of any licensee or permit holder and may compel the production of any of the books, documents, records, or memoranda of any licensee or permit holder for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the casino gaming law, this chapter, and any other law, regulation, or condition of the department related to casino gaming.

b. Compel any person holding a license or permit to file with the department such information as shall appear to the director to be necessary for the performance of the department's functions, including financial statements and information relative to principals and all others with any pecuniary interest in such person.

c. Apply to the appropriate circuit court for an injunction against any person who has violated or may violate any provision of this chapter or any regulation or final decision of the department, and the order granting or refusing such injunction shall be subject to appeal as in other cases in equity.

d. In addition to and not limited by any action taken against a regulated entity, licensee, or permit holder, impose a fine or penalty not to exceed $1 million upon any person determined in proceedings commenced pursuant to § 58.1-4105 of the Code of Virginia to have violated any of the provisions of the casino gaming law, this chapter, any other regulation promulgated by the board, or any other law, regulation, or condition of the department related to casino gaming.

C. License or permit required.

1. A person may not operate a casino gaming establishment without having obtained an operator's license in accordance with the provisions of the casino gaming law and this chapter.

2. Only the holder of a supplier's permit may sell or lease, or contract to sell or lease, casino gaming equipment and supplies, or provide management services, to any licensee involved in the ownership or management of gaming operations to the extent provided in the permit.

3. Any person that supplies any casino gaming equipment, devices, or supplies to a licensed gaming operation or manages any operation, including a computerized network of a casino gaming establishment shall first obtain a supplier's permit.

4. A supplier shall:

a. Furnish to the department a list of all management services, equipment, devices, and supplies offered for sale or lease in connection with the games authorized under the casino gaming law, this chapter, and any other law, regulation, or condition of the department related to casino gaming;

b. Keep books and records for the furnishing of casino gaming equipment, devices, and supplies to gaming operations separate and distinct from any other business that the supplier might operate;

c. File a quarterly return with the department listing all sales and leases for which a permit is required; and

d. Permanently affix its name to all its equipment, devices, and supplies for gaming operations.

5. Gaming equipment, devices, and supplies may not be distributed unless the equipment, devices, and supplies conform to standards adopted by the department.

6. A supplier's equipment, devices, or supplies that are used by any person in an unauthorized gaming operation shall be forfeited to the Commonwealth.

7. No person shall participate in any gaming operation as a casino gaming employee or concessionaire or employee of either or in any other occupation that the department has determined to be necessary to regulate in order to ensure the integrity of casino gaming in the Commonwealth unless such person possesses a service permit.

8. A person who conducts a gaming operation without first obtaining a license to do so, or who continues to conduct such games after revocation of the person's license, in addition to other penalties provided, shall be subject to a civil penalty assessed by the board equal to the amount of gross receipts derived from wagering on games, whether unauthorized or authorized, conducted on the day, as well as confiscation and forfeiture of all casino gaming equipment, devices, and supplies used in the conduct of unauthorized games. Any civil penalties collected pursuant to this subdivision shall be payable to the State Treasurer for deposit to the general fund.

D. Facility operator requirements.

1. A facility operator shall be the person primarily responsible for the gaming operations under the facility operator's license and compliance of such operations, and the compliance of the facility operator's affiliates and contractors, with the provisions of the casino gaming law, this chapter, and any other law, regulation, or condition of the department related to casino gaming.

2. A facility operator shall submit to the department any updates or revisions to the capital investment plan the facility operator provided with its initial license application pursuant to subdivision B 4 of § 58.1-4109 of the Code of Virginia.

3. A facility operator may operate its own equipment, devices, and supplies and may utilize casino gaming equipment, devices, and supplies at such locations as may be approved by the department for the purpose of training enrollees in a school operated by the licensee and approved by the department to train individuals who desire to become qualified for employment or promotion in gaming operations.

4. A facility operator shall be subject to review by the department on an ongoing basis and annually to determine compliance with the casino gaming law, this chapter, and any other law, regulation, or condition of the department related to casino gaming.

5. Annual reviews under subdivision 4 of this subsection shall include a certification from the host city of the status of the operator's compliance with local ordinances and regulations.

6. If the certification under subdivision 5 of this subsection states that the facility operator is not in compliance, the department shall require the operator to submit a plan of compliance, corrective action, or request for variance consistent with this chapter.

7. Department staff may be present in any facilities under the control of a licensee.

8. A facility operator shall file an annual report with the department listing its inventories of casino gaming equipment, devices, and supplies related to its operations in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

9. Within 90 days after the end of each fiscal year, a facility operator shall transmit to the department a third-party, independent audit of the financial transactions and condition of the licensee's total operations.

10. Every five years, a facility operator shall submit to the department for review and approval a reinvestment projection related to the facility to cover the succeeding five-year period of operations.

11. Consistent with requirements of the casino gaming law and the contract between a host city and its preferred casino gaming operator, a facility operator shall submit to the department evidence that:

a. Any contractor hired for construction at the facility has:

(1) Paid the local prevailing wage rate as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor under the provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act, 40 USC § 276 et seq., to each laborer, workman, and mechanic the contractor employs on the site;

(2) Participated in apprenticeship programs that have been certified by the Department of Labor and Industry or the U.S. Department of Labor;

(3) Established preferences for hiring residents of the eligible host city and adjacent localities, veterans, women, and minorities for work performed on the site;

(4) Provided health insurance and retirement benefits for all full-time employees performing work on the site; and

(5) Required that the provisions of subdivisions 11 a (1) through 11 a (4) of this subsection are included in every subcontract; and

b. The facility operator has:

(1) Paid its full-time employees performing work at the facility an hourly wage or a salary, including tips, that equates to an hourly rate no less than 125% of the federal minimum wage;

(2) Established preferences for hiring residents of the host city and adjacent localities, veterans, women, and minorities for work performed at the facility in compliance with any applicable federal law;

(3) Provided access to health insurance and retirement savings benefit opportunities for all full-time employees of the facility operator performing work at the facility; and

(4) Required that any contract for goods or services performed at the facility, other than construction, with projected annual services fees exceeding $500,000, meet the requirements of subdivisions 11 b (1), 11 b (2), and 11 b (3) of this subsection with regard to full-time personnel of the subcontractor who performed services at the facility.

E. Junkets.

1. Junket agreements and final reports

a. A facility operator shall ensure that:

(1) A junket agreement between a facility operator and a junket enterprise, or junket representative, is in writing; and

(2) An executed copy of the junket agreement is submitted to the department before a junket arrives at the facility.

b. A junket agreement shall include at least the following provisions:

(1) If the department disapproves a term of the junket agreement or determines that a junket enterprise or junket representative has engaged in an activity prohibited under the casino gaming law, this chapter, or any other law, regulation, or condition of the department related to casino gaming:

(a) The department shall notify the facility operator that is a party to the junket agreement of the disapproval or determination; and

(b) The operations under the agreement shall be suspended as of the date of the department's disapproval until it is amended by the parties to the satisfaction of the department;

(2) The junket enterprise or junket representative shall:

(a) Maintain good standing with the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

(b) Obtain and maintain all required business licenses and permits; and

(3) The services of the junket enterprise and junket representative will comply with all applicable laws.

c. Junket final reports shall:

(1) Be prepared by a facility operator for a junket engaged in or on its property and shall include:

(a) The origin of a junket and its date and time of arrival and departure;

(b) The name of all junket enterprises and junket representatives involved in the junket;

(c) A junket manifest that lists the names and addresses of the junket participants;

(d) The nature, amount, and value of complimentary services, accommodations, and other items provided by the facility to a junket participant; and

(e) The total amount of services or other items of value provided to or for the benefit of a player participating in a junket that was paid for by the junket enterprise, a junket representative, or an agent or employee of a junket enterprise or junket representative;

(2) Be prepared and signed by an employee of the facility operator;

(3) Be prepared at the beginning of the month following completion of the junket; and

(4) Be submitted to the department by the 15th day of the month following completion of the junket.

2. Prohibited activities. A facility operator shall ensure that a junket enterprise or a junket representative or an agent or employee of a junket enterprise or a junket representative does not:

a. Unless approved in writing by the department, accept compensation on any basis other than theoretical win;

b. Engage in collection efforts;

c. Solicit, receive, or accept any fee or gratuity from a player for the privilege of participating in a junket or for performance of any function for which the junket enterprise or junket representative is licensed;

d. Unless disclosed in writing to the facility operator for which the junket was arranged, pay for transportation or any other service or item of value that is provided to or for the benefit of a player participating in a junket;

e. Extend credit to or grant credit on behalf of a facility operator to a player participating in a junket;

f. Accept an advance of money or a loan from a player participating in a junket;

g. Engage in conduct that would bring the Commonwealth of Virginia into disrepute;

h. Pursue economic gain in an occupational manner or context that is in violation of the laws of the Virginia, if the pursuit creates a reasonable belief that participation of the junket enterprise or junket representative would be inimical to the policies of the laws of the Commonwealth, including the casino gaming law, this chapter, and any other law, regulation, or condition of the department related to casino gaming;

i. Engage in activities that create a reasonable belief that the junket enterprise or junket representative is or is an associate of a criminal or criminal enterprise; or

j. Perform junket services under an agreement that has not been reduced to writing.

F. Central monitor and control system.

1. Each casino game that operates electronically shall be connected to a central monitor and control system established and operated by the department.

2. In addition to complying with the minimum design standards of 11VAC5-90-150 V, the central monitor and control system shall:

a. Provide the ability to audit and account for casino revenues and distributions in real time; and

b. Collect the following information from each electronically operated casino game, as applicable:

(1) Cash in;

(2) Cash out;

(3) Points played;

(4) Points won;

(5) Gross gaming income;

(6) Net gaming income;

(7) The number of plays of the game;

(8) The amounts wagered;

(9) Door openings;

(10) Power failures;

(11) Remote activations and disabling; and

(12) Any other information required by the department.

G. Conduct of casino gaming; prohibited acts.

1. A person licensed or holding a permit under this chapter shall allow no form of wagering that is not authorized by the casino gaming law and this chapter.

2. A facility operator may accept wagers only from an individual present at the facility.

3. A person present at a facility may not place or attempt to place a wager on behalf of another person who is not present at the facility.

4. No person younger than 21 years of age shall be permitted to make a wager or be present where casino gaming is being conducted.

5. No person shall place or accept a wager on youth sports.

6. No licensee or permit holder shall accept postdated checks in payment for participation in any gaming operation.

7. No licensee, permit holder, or any person on the premises of a casino gaming establishment shall extend lines of credit or accept any credit card for participation in any gaming operation.

8. Casino gaming wagers shall be conducted only with tokens, chips, or electronic tickets or cards purchased from the facility operator.

9. Tokens, chips, or electronic tickets or cards may be used only for the purpose of:

a. Making wagers on casino games;

b. Converting to cash; or

c. Making a donation to a charitable entity granted tax-exempt status under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, provided that the donated tokens, chips, or electronic tickets or cards are redeemed by the same charitable entity accepting the donation.

10. No person shall:

a. Operate casino gaming where wagering is used or to be used without a license issued by the department;

b. Operate casino gaming where wagering is permitted in a manner other than as specified by the casino gaming law, this chapter, or any other law, regulation, or condition of the department related to casino gaming;

c. Offer, promise, or give anything of value or benefit to a person who is connected with a gaming operation, including an officer or employee of a licensed operator or permit holder, pursuant to an agreement or arrangement or with the intent that the promise or thing of value or benefit will influence the actions of the person to whom the offer, promise, or gift was made in order to affect or attempt to affect the outcome of a game, or to influence official action of a member of the board, the director, a department employee, or a local governing body;

d. Solicit or knowingly accept a promise of anything of value or benefit while the person is connected with a gaming operation, including an officer or employee of a licensed operator or permit holder, pursuant to an understanding or arrangement or with the intent that the promise or thing of value or benefit will influence the actions of the person to affect or attempt to affect the outcome of a game, or to influence official action of a member of the board, the director, a department employee, or a local governing body;

e. Use or possess with the intent to use a device to assist in:

(1) Projecting the outcome of a game;

(2) Keeping track of the cards played;

(3) Analyzing the probability of the occurrence of an event relating to a game; or

(4) Analyzing the strategy for playing or betting to be used in a game except as permitted by department regulation;

f. Cheat at gaming;

g. Manufacture, sell, or distribute any card, chip, dice, game, or device that is intended to be used to violate any provision of the casino gaming law, this chapter, or any other law, regulation, or condition of the department related to casino gaming;

h. Alter or misrepresent the outcome of a game on which wagers have been made after the outcome is made sure but before it is revealed to the players;

i. Place a bet after acquiring knowledge not available to all players of the outcome of the game that is the subject of the bet or to aid a person in acquiring the knowledge for the purpose of placing a bet contingent on that outcome;

j. Claim, collect, or take, or attempt to claim, collect, or take money or anything of value in or from a game with intent to defraud, without having made a wager contingent on winning the game or claim, collect, or take an amount of money or thing of value of greater value than the amount won;

k. Use counterfeit chips or tokens in a game; or

l. Except for a permit holder or licensee authorized by the facility operator, possess any key or device designed for the purpose of opening, entering, or affecting the operation of a game, drop box, or electronic or mechanical device connected with the game or for removing coins, tokens, chips, or other contents of a game.

H. In addition to any criminal actions brought against the person, a person convicted of a violation of the activities listed in subsection G of this section shall be barred for life from gaming operations under the jurisdiction of the board.

I. Any credential, license, or permit issued by the department if used by the holder thereof for a purpose other than identification and in the performance of legitimate duties in a casino gaming establishment, shall be automatically revoked.

J. Voluntary exclusion; responsible gaming.

1. In addition to the requirements of 11VAC5-90-60, a facility operator shall comply with the requirements of this subsection.

2. A facility operator may disclose information about an individual on the voluntary exclusion list to:

a. The department;

b. The facility's:

(1) Manager;

(2) Security department;

(3) Surveillance department; or

(4) Employees who are directly responsible for excluding unauthorized individuals from the facility; and

c. If the facility operator pursues criminal charges against an individual on the voluntary exclusion list who is suspected of trespassing at a facility, to:

(1) A law enforcement officer; or

(2) A person who is legally authorized to be involved in the criminal prosecution of an individual on the voluntary exclusion list who is suspected of trespassing at a facility.

3. If an individual on the voluntary exclusion list is found on the premises of a facility, the facility operator:

a. Shall immediately notify the department; and

b. May pursue criminal charges against the individual for trespassing or any other appropriate criminal charge.

4. A facility operator may not:

a. Permit an individual on the voluntary exclusion list to:

(1) Enter the facility; or

(2) Play a casino game;

b. Knowingly fail to exclude from the premises an individual on the voluntary list; or

c. Disclose information about individuals on the voluntary exclusion list beyond the disclosures that are authorized by subdivision 2 of this subsection.

5. Responsible gaming plan.

a. A facility shall establish a responsible gaming plan that sets forth the facility's plan for addressing problem gambling at the facility.

b. The responsible gaming plan shall include at least the following elements:

(1) Goals;

(2) Procedures and deadlines for implementation;

(3) Identification of facility personnel responsible for implementation;

(4) Responsibilities of facility personnel identified as responsible for implementation;

(5) Training for facility personnel on problem gambling and voluntary exclusion;

(6) Means of controlling access to records pertaining to voluntary exclusion;

(7) Means of educating players about:

(a) Problem gambling;

(b) Problem gambling treatment resources; and

(c) Voluntary exclusion;

(8) Placement of responsible gambling awareness materials in the facility;

(9) Procedures for ensuring that an individual in the voluntary exclusion program is not permitted to:

(a) Enter the facility;

(b) Play a casino game; or

(c) Claim a jackpot;

(10) The facility's response to the discovery of an individual who is enrolled in the voluntary exclusion program on facility property, which may include pursuing criminal charges against the individual; and

(11) Any other element required by the department.

c. A facility operator shall submit to the department its responsible gaming plan at least 60 days before operations are to commence.

d. A facility operator shall submit any amendments to its responsible gaming plan to the department prior to implementation.

e. A facility operator shall submit to the department an annual report describing the facility's responsible gaming plan.

6. A facility operator shall:

a. Post signage that prominently bears the gambling assistance message and the underage warning message approved by the department at each customer entrance to the gaming floor;

b. Ensure that the gambling assistance message approved by the department is included in an advertisement that is intended to encourage casino game play at its facility, including advertisements that are:

(1) In print medium;

(2) On a billboard;

(3) Broadcast on radio, television, or other means, including social media;

(4) Printed on a paper product that is associated with player consumption of food or beverage if the paper product is:

(a) Special ordered; and

(b) Branded with the facility's logo; or

(5) Printed on ticket stock; and

c. Place in the facility responsible gambling awareness materials according to its responsible gaming plan.

K. Mandatory exclusion.

1. This subsection establishes a mechanism by which the department:

a. Maintains a list of individuals who are to be mandatorily excluded or ejected from a facility; and

b. Establishes standards that require a facility operator to:

(1) Exclude or eject an individual from the premises of the facility; and

(2) Ensure that intoxicated individuals and individuals younger than 21 years of age are not allowed:

(a) To play casino games, engage in sports betting, participate in on-premises mobile casino gaming; or

(b) To be in areas of the facility where casino games, sports betting facilities, are located or onsite mobile casino gaming is conducted.

2. The department shall establish and maintain a mandatory exclusion list that identifies individuals whom the department has directed be mandatorily excluded or ejected by a facility operator.

3. The director may place on the mandatory exclusion list an individual who:

a. Has exhibited behavior:

(1) In an occupational manner or context for the purpose of economic gain; and

(2) Utilizes methods that are deemed by the department as criminal violations inimical to the interest of the Commonwealth;

b. Has been convicted of a criminal offense under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States that is a criminal offense involving moral turpitude or a gambling offense;

c. Would adversely affect the interests of the Commonwealth, the licensee, or the individual if the individual were to be present at a facility;

d. Is the subject of any administrative or judicial order directing the individual to stay away from a casino or other gaming facility;

e. Presents a threat to the safety of any individual on the premises of a facility;

f. Engages in, or has a documented history of engaging in, disturbance of players or disruption of casino game play;

g. The director or a facility operator has a reasonable belief that such individual has cheated, or attempted to cheat at a facility by engaging in conduct including:

(1) Altering or misrepresenting the outcome of a game or event on which bets have been placed;

(2) Placing, canceling, increasing, or decreasing a bet based on knowledge that is not available to other players;

(3) Claiming or collecting a prize from a facility that the individual did not win or earn or that the individual was not otherwise authorized to claim or collect;

(4) Manipulating a casino game, a central monitor and control system, or associated equipment or software to affect the outcome of a game or bet; or

(5) Altering the elements of chance or methods of selection or criteria that determine the outcome of a game or bet;

h. Has been banned for life from casino play or operations pursuant to the gaming law or this chapter; or

i. Engages in any conduct that may adversely affect public confidence in, or perception of, casino gaming operations in the Commonwealth.

4. In evaluating whether to place an individual on the mandatory exclusion list related to an incident or series of incidents, the director may specify monetary amounts and circumstances, including:

a. The nature of the incident;

b. Whether the individual was an employee of a licensee or permit holder at the time of the incident;

c. If the individual was a licensee or the holder of a permit, whether the individual was working at a facility while the individual engaged in conduct described in subdivision 3 of this subsection;

d. Whether the incident or incidents had a direct impact on:

(1) A facility;

(2) A player;

(3) A licensee; or

(4) The amount or type of loss to:

(a) A facility;

(b) A player; or

(c) A licensee or permit holder;

e. Whether the individual made restitution;

f. Whether the individual was involved in a prior incident that meets the criteria of subdivision 3 of this subsection;

g. Whether a facility has other information the director finds relevant; and

h. Any other information the director finds relevant.

5. The entry of an individual on the mandatory exclusion list shall include sufficient information to identify the excluded individual.

6. The mandatory exclusion list shall be subject to disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).

7. Inclusion on mandatory exclusion list

a. Upon receipt of information that reasonably indicates that an individual meets any criteria under subdivision 3 of this subsection, and after making any considerations described in subdivision 3 of this subsection, the director shall:

(1) Evaluate the information;

(2) Ensure that the information sufficiently identifies the individual; and

(3) Decide whether to place the individual on the mandatory exclusion list.

b. Prior to placing an individual on the mandatory exclusion list, the director or the director's designee may provide a facility with:

(1) Information used to identify an individual who may be excluded;

(2) The factual basis for placing an individual on the mandatory exclusion list; and

(3) An opportunity to provide the director with information identified in subdivision 3 of this subsection.

c. If the director decides to place an individual on the mandatory exclusion list, department staff shall deliver to the individual via U.S. Postal Service mail, a written notice explaining:

(1) The factual basis for placing the individual on the mandatory exclusion list;

(2) The availability of a reconsideration meeting with the director or the director's designee;

(3) The requirements for submitting a request for a reconsideration meeting;

(4) That if a timely request for a reconsideration meeting is not submitted, the individual's name shall be:

(a) Placed on a mandatory exclusion list;

(b) Distributed to all Virginia facility operators; and

(c) Made publicly available; and

(5) That the excluded individual shall be:

(a) Prohibited from entering any facility and from playing any casino game in the Commonwealth of Virginia;

(b) Subject to criminal charges for trespassing or any other appropriate criminal charge; and

(c) Required to redeem or liquidate an unredeemed item with monetary value that the individual has received since being placed on the mandatory exclusion list and surrender those redeemed or liquidated sums to the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund established under § 37.2-314.2 of the Code of Virginia.

8. Reconsideration meeting.

a. An individual may submit to the director a written request for a reconsideration meeting within 15 days of the date of the individual's receipt of the notice described in subdivision 7 of this subsection.

b. If an individual fails to timely submit a request for a reconsideration meeting, the individual shall be placed on the mandatory exclusion list.

c. A reconsideration meeting may be held by the director or the director's designee.

d. During a reconsideration meeting, an individual may:

(1) Be represented by counsel; and

(2) Present evidence as to why the individual does not meet the criteria for mandatory exclusion.

e. The director or the director's designee shall deliver to the individual via U.S. Postal Service mail, a written notice of the decision following the reconsideration meeting.

f. An individual dissatisfied with the result of a reconsideration meeting may submit a written request to the board for an appeal hearing.

g. The request for an appeal hearing shall:

(1) Be submitted within 15 days of the date of the individual's receipt of the written notice of the decision following the reconsideration meeting; and

(2) Describe the individual's legal and factual bases for disagreeing with placement on the mandatory exclusion list.

h. If an individual fails to timely submit a written request for an appeal hearing, the individual shall be placed on the mandatory exclusion list.

i. Upon receipt of a timely written request for an appeal hearing, the board shall provide the individual with a notice for the appeal hearing.

9. Appeal hearing.

a. If after an appeal hearing the board decides that the excluded individual does not meet any criteria under subdivision 3 of this subsection, the individual's name may not be placed on the mandatory exclusion list.

b. If after an appeal hearing, the board decides that the excluded individual meets any criteria under subdivision 3 of this subsection:

(1) The individual's name shall remain on the mandatory exclusion list;

(2) The department shall notify all facility operators of the individual's addition to the mandatory exclusion list;

(3) The individual may seek judicial review of the board's decision; and

(4) The individual may request to be removed from the mandatory exclusion list only as provided in subdivision 10.

10. Removal from mandatory exclusion list

a. After an excluded individual has been on the mandatory exclusion list for at least five years, the individual may request removal from the mandatory exclusion list.

b. An excluded individual's request for removal shall be submitted to the director in writing and shall include a detailed statement about why there is:

(1) Good cause for removal of the individual from the list; and

(2) A material change in the individual's circumstances since the individual's name was placed on the list.

c. The director or the director's designee shall investigate the request and make a recommendation to the department whether to grant or deny the request.

d. If the director or the director's designee recommends removing the individual from the list, the department may approve the recommendation without a hearing, and department staff shall:

(1) Remove the individual from the mandatory exclusion list;

(2) Deliver to the individual via U.S. Postal Service mail a notice of removal from the mandatory exclusion list; and

(3) Notify all facility operators of the individual's removal from the mandatory exclusion list.

e. If the director or the director's designee recommends continued inclusion on the mandatory exclusion list, the excluded individual may submit to the board a written request for an appeal hearing.

11. Appeal hearing.

a. The request for an appeal hearing shall:

(1) Be submitted within 15 days of the date of the individual's receipt of the written notice of the recommendation of the director or the director's designee; and

(2) Describe the individual's legal and factual bases for disagreeing with the recommendation.

b. If an individual fails to timely submit a written request for an appeal hearing, the individual shall remain on the mandatory exclusion list.

c. Upon receipt of a timely written request for an appeal hearing, the director shall provide the individual with notice for a hearing.

12. If after a hearing the board denies the individual's request for removal, the board shall deliver to the individual via U.S. Postal Service mail a notice that the:

a. Request was denied; and

b. Individual shall remain on the mandatory exclusion list.

13. Separate from the individual's ability to request removal from the mandatory exclusion list, the director shall periodically review the mandatory exclusion list and may consider the following in order to determine if an individual should be removed:

a. Whether the individual is living;

b. Whether there are changed circumstances; or

c. Any other relevant information.

14. Judicial review. The board's decision under subdivisions 9 and 11 of this subsection may be subject to judicial review.

L. Enforcement. A facility operator may not:

1. Knowingly fail to exclude or eject from the facility premises an excluded individual;

2. Fail to notify the department if an excluded individual is excluded or ejected from the facility;

3. Permit an intoxicated individual or individual younger than 21 years of age to:

a. Play a casino game; or

b. Be in areas of the facility where casino games are located;

4. Knowingly allow the following individuals to collect a jackpot:

a. An excluded individual; or

b. An individual younger than 21 years of age; or

5. Fail to obtain any unredeemed items and prizes in the possession of an excluded individual and transfer them to the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund established under § 37.2-314.2 of the Code of Virginia.

M. Facility exclusion plan.

1. A facility operator shall establish a plan for identifying and:

a. Excluding or ejecting from a facility:

(1) Excluded individuals; and

(2) Individuals who may be eligible for placement on the mandatory exclusion list; and

b. Ensuring that intoxicated individuals and individuals younger than 21 years of age are not allowed:

(1) To play casino games; and

(2) In areas of the facility where casino games are located.

2. The plan required under subdivision 1 of this subsection shall include at least the following elements:

a. Goals;

b. Procedures and deadlines for implementation;

c. Identification of facility personnel responsible for implementation;

d. Responsibilities of facility personnel identified as responsible for implementation;

e. Training for facility personnel on the requirements of this chapter;

f. Regular monitoring of the mandatory exclusion list;

g. Prompt reports to the department about the presence on facility premises of an individual who:

(1) Is included on the mandatory exclusion list; and

(2) Is required to be prevented from playing casino games;

h. Prompt reports to the department about an individual who is permanently excluded from the facility;

i. The facility's response to the discovery of an individual who is on the mandatory exclusion list on facility property, which may include pursuing criminal charges against the individual; and

j. Any other element required by the department.

3. A facility operator shall submit to the department for its approval:

a. The exclusion plan required under subdivision 1 of this subsection at least 60 days before operations are to commence;

b. Any amendments to a facility's exclusion plan prior to implementation; and

c. An annual report describing the operation of the facility's exclusion plan.

N. Collection of taxes, fees, and civil penalties.

1. A tax on the adjusted gross receipts of each facility operator received from games authorized under this chapter other than for sports betting shall be imposed as required by § 58.1-4124 of the Code of Virginia.

2. A tax on adjusted gross revenue of each facility received from sports betting shall be imposed as required by § 58.1-4037 of the Code of Virginia.

3. The department shall send to facility operators an invoice for slot machine adjusted gross receipts on the first workday of each month, where "workday" means when Commonwealth of Virginia government offices are open for business.

4. A facility operator shall certify its adjusted gross receipts from gaming sources other than slot machines and submit the certification to the department on a monthly basis.

5. The taxes imposed on a facility operator for adjusted gross receipts as described in this subsection shall be paid by wire transfer to the department by a facility operator no later than the fifth day of each month for the month preceding when the adjusted gross receipts were received and shall be accompanied by any additional forms and returns required by the department, including the certification required by subdivision 3 of this subsection.

6. Funds received from an applicant, licensee, or permit holder for taxes, fees, or civil penalties shall be paid to the appropriate fund as established by the Code of Virginia.

7. For a fee or civil penalty:

a. The department shall issue an invoice or other order to pay; and

b. The applicant, licensee, or permit holder shall remit payment to the department within 30 days after the date of the invoice or order to pay by wire transfer or other method specified by the department.

8. The department may suspend or revoke a license or permit for willful failure to submit payments in full within the specified time.

9. The department may recover from an applicant or licensee whose payment of taxes, fees, or penalties is overdue:

a. The unpaid amount of the taxes, fees, or penalties;

b. Revenues lost to the Commonwealth as the result of the nonpayment;

c. Attorney fees; and

d. Any other penalty, interest, cost, and expense allowable by law.

10. The failure of a licensee or permit holder to timely pay a tax, fee, or penalty is a violation of an order of the department.

11. The department's election to seek recovery under subdivision 9 of this subsection does not preclude the department or the Commonwealth from enforcing other rights, or seeking other remedies, for the same failure to pay.

Statutory Authority

§§ 58.1-4101 and 58.1-4102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 38, Issue 13, eff. March 16, 2022; Errata, 38:19 VA.R. 2447 May 9, 2022.

Website addresses provided in the Virginia Administrative Code to documents incorporated by reference are for the reader's convenience only, may not necessarily be active or current, and should not be relied upon. To ensure the information incorporated by reference is accurate, the reader is encouraged to use the source document described in the regulation.

As a service to the public, the Virginia Administrative Code is provided online by the Virginia General Assembly. We are unable to answer legal questions or respond to requests for legal advice, including application of law to specific fact. To understand and protect your legal rights, you should consult an attorney.