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58 Pa. Code § 603a.9. Plaques; issuance and use, denominations and physical characteristics.

§ 603a.9. Plaques; issuance and use, denominations and physical characteristics.

 (a)  Plaques issued by a certificate holder must be a solid, one-piece object constructed entirely of plastic or other substance and have at least two but no more than six smooth, plane surfaces. At least two of the plane surfaces, each to be known as a face, must be opposite and parallel to each other and identical in shape, which must be either a square, rectangle or ellipse. Other surfaces of a plaque shall be known collectively as the edge.

 (b)  Plaques may not be issued by a certificate holder or utilized in a licensed facility unless:

   (1)  The design specifications of the proposed plaque are submitted to the Bureau of Gaming Operations and approved in accordance with §  601a.10(a) (relating to approval of table game layouts, signage and equipment). The submission must include a detailed schematic depicting the actual size and, as appropriate, location of the following:

     (i)   Each face.

     (ii)   The edge.

     (iii)   Any colors, words, designs, graphics or security measures on the plaque including the minimum identifying characteristics listed in subsection (f).

   (2)  A sample plaque of each denomination to be used, manufactured in accordance with its approved design specifications, is made available to the Bureau of Casino Compliance in accordance with §  601a.10(g) for its inspection and approval at the certificate holder’s licensed facility.

   (3)  A system of internal procedures and administrative and accounting controls governing the distribution, redemption, receipt and inventory of plaques, by serial number, is submitted and approved as part of the certificate holder’s internal controls, in accordance with §  465a.2 (relating to internal control systems and audit protocols).

 (c)  The face of a square plaque must have a surface area of no less than 9 square inches. The face of a rectangular or elliptical plaque may not be smaller than 3 inches in length by 2 inches in width. In the case of an elliptical plaque, the length and width of the plaque shall be measured by its axes.

 (d)  A plaque issued by a certificate holder shall be designed and manufactured with sufficient graphics or other security measures to prevent, to the greatest extent possible, the counterfeiting of the plaque.

 (e)  A certificate holder may issue and use plaques in denominations of $5,000 or $10,000 and other denominations approved by the Board’s Executive Director in accordance with §  601a.10(a). Each plaque of a specific denomination utilized by a certificate holder must be in a shape and of a size that is identical to the shape and size of all other plaques of that denomination issued by the certificate holder. The size and shape of each denomination of plaque issued by a certificate holder must be readily distinguishable from the size and shape of every other denomination of plaque issued by the certificate holder.

 (f)  Each plaque issued by a certificate holder must contain identifying characteristics that appear at least once on each face of the plaque and are applied in a manner which ensures that each identifying characteristic is clearly visible and remains a permanent part of the plaque. These characteristics must be visible to surveillance employees using the licensed facility’s surveillance system and include, at a minimum:

   (1)  The denomination of the plaque, expressed in numbers of at least 3/8 inch in height.

   (2)  The name, logo or other approved identification of the certificate holder issuing the plaque.

   (3)  A unique serial number.

 (g)  A certificate holder may not issue, use or allow a patron to use in its licensed facility any plaque that it knows, or reasonably should know, is materially different from the sample of that plaque approved in accordance with subsection (b).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  601a.10 (relating to approval of table game layouts, signage and equipment).

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