Washington D.C. May Ban Baccarat Betting
The casino craze has spread to the new territory of Washington D.C. and its suburbs. Casinos in the Old Town Alexandria area, Alexandria Crossing mall and the Verizon Center have added baccarat as an available casino game. You may be wondering how this little game got a name different from other card games played in casinos, as baccarat seems so closely related to all other card games. There are some similarities, but there are also important differences.
Baccarat, or baka (abbreviated as bac) is an Italian card game, similar to blackjack. It is played with two decks of cards, called “cards” and “deal” or “game.” One player, called the” Dealer,” deals the cards to the players and tells them what cards they are dealing, usually telling them that one card is a “low card.” Once they reach that card, the dealer will tell the player to draw another card, call for the play, and then deal the cards once again.
Washington D.C. has allowed casinos to add a second card, called the “low card,” to their card games. This means that casinos can have more than two decks of cards, which can be used in combination with the “high card.” The first known baccarat games were held in a hall on Wisconsin Avenue, between shots at the Lincoln Theatre. No official rules have been established for the play of baccarat in Washington D.C. However, the District of Columbia is authorized to allow the playing of baccarat by tribal oringo bands, organized sports teams, and by nonprofit organizations wishing to provide casino gaming to city residents.
In April 2021, the United States Senate, acting on recommendations of a House committee, voted to allow Washington D.C. to conduct competitive gaming. The House had passed a bill that would ban U.S. citizens from wagering any money in the District of Columbia. The move came in response to complaints by members of the District of Columbia government and citizens who had come to participate in Washington D.C. tournaments of casino gambling. Currently, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate are currently negotiating an omnibus spending bill that includes a ban on playing cards in American casinos.
Washington D.C. is home to some twenty-three recognized American Indian tribes. Among them are the Cherokee, Lakota, Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and many others. Washington D.C. allows sporting events, cultural displays, ceremonial ceremonies, and other activities that recognize American Indian culture to take place in its public parks and historic sites. Many D.C. residents and visitors, however, are unaware that the city limits are based on whether a casino is licensed to operate in the area. Casinos must file an application with the Internal Revenue Service and pay a reasonable fee before they can run an operation.
One of the newest members of the Washington State delegation, Maryolesville College student senator Andy Barr was recently asked by the tribal gaming committee about the possibility of a Washington D.C. casino on Wash. Island. He told the committee that he was open to the idea if it didn’t come with a “heavy-handed” regulation. One of the latest recommendations from the Washington State Gaming Commission is that the city limit be changed so that Washington D.C. could host the first sportsbook ever allowed in the city.
Recently there have been efforts in the state of New Mexico to pass a baccarat ban. Although the proposal has not passed it is being pushed hard in the statehouse. It has already been banned in Texas. The gaming commission for the state of New Mexico views baccarat as “a bad economic choice” for gaming. Casinos in Las Vegas continue to operate with casino roulette tables, due to political pressure and legal concerns from the State of New Mexico.
In Washington D.C., some groups are trying to get the numbers changed on the amount that can be placed on a single wager. This would depend on whether or not the House of Representatives passes a bill that would allow any individual to place a bet over the odds on a single machine. If it passes the measure, individuals placing bets over the odds on any casino will be subject to fines. Some groups feel the current situation in Washington is unfair and a clear example of a “winner takes all” situation. Casinos in Washington will be undercutting local competition by increasing the number of bets that they put up.