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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: July 19, 2018 04:14 PM
From: Representative Cris Dush
To: All House members
Subject: Poker Run Permits
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to allow nonprofit organizations to utilize poker runs and dice runs to raise money for charity.

The Local Option Small Games of Chance Act (SGOC Act) authorizes nonprofit organizations, including private clubs, to conduct small gambling games to raise money for charitable purposes upon receiving a small games license from the county treasurer. A nonprofit organization that holds a small games license may only offer the gambling games enumerated in the SGOC Act. Because dice runs and poker runs are not listed in the SGOC Act, conducting such games would be considered illegal gambling under current law.

A poker run is a gambling game, typically used to raise money for charity, where participants travel to several locations and are dealt a playing card at each location. After the participants have collected cards at all locations, the participants with the highest hands are awarded prizes. A dice run is similar to a poker run, except that that the participant roles two or more dice at each location, and the value of the dice rolled at each location determines the winners.

Under my legislation, small games license holders could apply for a special permit from the county treasurer to conduct a dice or poker run, and the permit holder could conduct the game at locations where small games are not prohibited by a local ordinance. The cost for obtaining the permit shall not exceed $25 dollars, and each organization may receive no more than 4 permits a year.

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Introduced as HB2584