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Gambling won't run 24/7 at the carnival

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The rules and regulations for gambling at the liberation carnival are closer to being finalized. The legislature held a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss the latest draft and proposed amendments. Senators will need to vote soon though, as the clock is ticking for the festivities to begin.

As the carnival organizer, the Mayor's Council successfully lobbied to reinstate gambling because it brings in the bulk of the $580,000 in concession bid revenues they're hoping to make. But under pressure from anti-gambling groups, senators tasked the mayors and the Department of Revenue and Taxation to come up with the rules and reg to make the gaming operations more accountable.

DRT director Dafne Shimizu says most of their focus will be on the card game house.

"So the compliance officers are there to check ages," she said. "They're also there because we talked about ensuring, for example, there's no chip running on the floor, so that that way all cash is controlled, and if there's any chip purchases, those chips are purchased within a cage or within a controlled area. That was very important to us and also to the mayors when we were discussing that. Making sure that there really good controls.

As a further control, cash won't be allowed at the card games, instead, similar to las vegas casinos, the operators will have to issue chips says Mayor's council director Angel Sablan.

"If it has to have a chip in it if it has to have a special marker on it, whatever, to make sure it is an official chip, only used for that operator location, only for the 75th liberation," he said.

The gaming will be limited only to the 60-day run of the carnival, and gaming won't be allowed 24/7 as in years past, Sablan said. 

"The proposed time now is actually 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, and then 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and Sunday and holidays," he explained. "And Saturday and Sunday sorry we want to open a little earlier. Because its gonna be a big carnival. So we also want the outside vendors to make their investment back. So we're looking at twelve noon."

Chairman Sen. Jose Pedo Terlaje said the committee will revise the bill to accommodate the proposed amendments. They'll be presented on the floor for debate before the final version is voted on.

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