(d) This article sets forth the minimum standards within which games offered by Riverboat licensees must be conducted.
Otherwise, gambling continues to be strictly prohibited by Indiana's anti-gambling laws. Schrenger v. Caesars Indiana, 825 N.E.2d 879, 883 (Ind.Ct.App.2005), trans. denied. The reason for allowing the riverboat to exist as an exception to illegal gambling is two-fold. Indiana Code section 4-33-1-2 provides that the intent of the General Assembly, in creating riverboat gambling, was to “benefit the people of Indiana by promoting tourism and assisting economic development.” The foregoing statute expressly contemplates “the strict regulation of facilities, persons, associations, and gambling operations[.]” See id.
1. We heard oral argument in this case on October 14, 2009, at Indiana University Southeast. We wish to thank counsel for their advocacy and extend our appreciation to the faculty, staff, and students of Indiana University Southeast for their hospitality.
68 IAC 10-2-2(a) provides: “In accordance with 68 IAC 10-1, the riverboat licensee or riverboat license applicant shall submit rules of the game covering blackjack if the riverboat licensee will offer the game of blackjack.” The rules of the game include, but are not limited to, specified options, variations of blackjack, use of an automatic shuffling machine, use of a shoe, touching of cards, visible hand signals, number of blackjack tables, minimum and maximum wagers, procedures for raising the house limit, location of the blackjack tables, number of decks of cards utilized during a round of play, the method of handling irregularities, “any additional rules of the game the riverboat licensee wants to impose that are in compliance with this article” and “any other information deemed necessary by the executive director, the commission, or the riverboat licensee to ensure compliance with the Act and this title and to ensure the integrity of the game.” 68 IAC 10-2-2(b).