Washington State Regulators Approve Larger Wager Limits at Cardrooms

Regulators voted 3-2 in favor of poker wager limit increase

by - Monday, July 24th, 2023 12:28

Following petitioning by Maverick Gaming to increase maximum bet size at cardrooms to $500 (to cope with an inflation-driven rise in operating costs & to level the field between cardrooms and competing Tribal casinos which offer higher wagering limits) Washington state regulators voted 3-2 in favour of upping the wager limit from $300 to $400 at house banked cardrooms.

In a letter to employees following the decision, Eric Persson, CEO of Maverick Gaming – which owns and operates 23 of 38 house-banked cardrooms licensed in Washington said “Today’s vote is evidence of the professional engagement of our entire team with our regulators”.

The competition – Washington’s federally recognized tribes were not amused.

Tribal casinos in the state which can offer later wager limits for poker players ($500+) as well as accept sports-bets strongly opposed the change, arguing that contradicts a state law requiring “social card games” serve only as a means to increase food and beverage sales and a “commercial stimulant”

“We believe the boundaries will be gone beyond if you adopt this petition,” said Luke Esser, representing the Kalispel Tribe, at the commissioner meeting.

Jenny Tang

iGaming journalist living in New York City - covering poker & gambling regulation in the US. Small-Stakes MTT lover.