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58 Pa. Code § 171.45. Wagering requirements.

§ 171.45. Wagering requirements.

 (a)  Wagering on races at a nonprimary location shall be conducted using the pari-mutuel system of wagering.

 (b)  A nonprimary location shall be equipped with:

   (1)  A communication system that permits communication among the pari-mutuel department of the nonprimary location and the pari-mutuel department and board of stewards of racetracks conducting races on which patrons of the nonprimary location may wager.

   (2)  A system capable of ensuring that money wagered on a particular race is included in the pari-mutuel pool of the racetrack conducting the race.

   (3)  A system capable of ensuring that pari-mutuel machines at the nonprimary location lock upon the ringing of the off-bell or upon the closing of wagering for any reason.

 (c)  Pari-mutuel wagering on races shall be conducted using pari-mutuel tickets sold from machines approved by the Commission. No pari-mutuel machine will be approved unless it is compatible with the system required by subsection (b)(2). No more than 20% of the pari-mutuel machines used in a facility may be stand-alone terminals, without the written consent of the Commission.

 (d)  The transmission of wagering data between the nonprimary location and the racetrack conducting a race upon which wagering is permitted shall be independent of the transmission of audio and video coverage of the race and race related information. The system shall be tested at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of wagering at the nonprimary location.

 (e)  Patrons at nonprimary locations shall be afforded the same wagering opportunities on a particular race as patrons at the racetrack. Patrons at the racetrack shall be afforded the same wagering opportunities on a particular race as patrons at nonprimary locations. Winning pari-mutuel tickets purchased at a facility within a racetrack enclosure shall be cashed at a facility within the racetrack enclosure.

 (f)  Notwithstanding §  171.41 (relating to facility requirements), persons employed in the pari-mutuel department of a nonprimary location operated by a licensed corporation of the Commission are subject to the requirements of § §  163.51 and 165.125 (relating to persons required to be licensed; and personnel) and shall be considered pari-mutuel employes of the licensed corporation for purposes of reports to the Commission and the Department of Revenue.

 (g)  Report of pari-mutuel wagering required by this part shall reflect the requested information separately for each nonprimary location operated by the licensed corporation.

 (h)  The stop betting command shall be noted by the ringing of the off-bell at the nonprimary location. The Commission may order that the stop betting command at the nonprimary location be given prior to the start of races.

 (i)  Pari-mutuel wagering shall be permitted at a nonprimary location only on the days authorized by the Commission. Sixty days prior to the date of proposed initial operation, and no later than November 1 of each succeeding year, a licensed corporation desiring to conduct pari-mutuel wagering at an approved nonprimary location shall submit a Request for Days of Operation stating the desired operational dates for the succeeding year to the Commission. In determining whether to grant the requested dates, the Commission will be guided by the act and this chapter.

 (j)  On authorized days of operation, no business may be conducted at a facility unless operated by or under a contract with the licensed corporation operating the nonprimary location and approved by the Commission.

 (k)  A licensed corporation shall submit written notice of its intention to suspend or terminate operations at a nonprimary location at least 60 days prior to the suspension or termination. This 60-day notification period may be reduced by the Commission for good cause shown.

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