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58 Pa. Code § 651a.3. Cards; number of decks; dealing shoe.

§ 651a.3. Cards; number of decks; dealing shoe.

 (a)  Casino War shall be played with six or eight decks of cards that are identical in appearance and two cover cards.

 (b)  All cards used in Casino War shall be dealt from a manual dealing shoe. The dealing shoe must be located on the table in a location approved by the Bureau of Casino Compliance in accordance with §  601a.10(g) (relating to approval of table game layouts, signage and equipment).

 (c)  If an automated card shuffling device is utilized, Casino War shall be played with 12 to 16 decks of cards in accordance with the following requirements:

   (1)  The cards shall be separated into two batches with an equal number of decks included in each batch.

   (2)  The cards in each batch must be of the same design, but the backs of the cards in one batch must be of a different color than the cards included in the other batch.

   (3)  One batch of cards shall be shuffled and stored in the automated card shuffling device while the other batch is being dealt or used to play the game.

   (4)  Both batches of cards shall be continuously alternated in and out of play, with each batch being used for every other dealing shoe.

   (5)  The cards from only one batch shall be placed in the discard rack at any given time.

 (d)  The decks of cards opened for use at a Casino War table shall be changed at least once every 24 hours.

 (e)  A certificate holder may utilize a dealing shoe or other device that automatically reshuffles and counts the cards, provided that the device is approved by the Bureau of Gaming Laboratory Operations, in accordance with §  461a.4 (relating to submission for testing and approval), prior to its use in the licensed facility. If a certificate holder is utilizing the approved device, subsections (b) and (c) do not apply.

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  651b.1 (relating to Top Card).

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