1Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania
2Consolidated Statutes, further providing for pool selling and

4The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
5hereby enacts as follows:

6Section 1. Section 5514 of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania
7Consolidated Statutes is amended to read:

8§ 5514. Pool selling and bookmaking.

9[A] (a) Offense defined.--Except as provided in subsection 
10(b), a person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree if

12(1) engages in pool selling or bookmaking;

13(2) occupies any place for the purpose of receiving,
14recording or registering bets or wagers, or of selling pools;

15(3) receives, records, registers, forwards, or purports
16or pretends to forward, to another, any bet or wager upon the
17result of any political nomination, appointment or election,
18or upon any contest of any nature;

1(4) becomes the custodian or depository, for gain or
2ward, of any property staked, wagered or pledged, or to be
3staked, wagered, or pledged upon any such result; or

4(5) being the owner, lessee, or occupant of any
5premises, knowingly permits or suffers the same, to be used
6or occupied for any of such purposes.

7(b) Authorized pools.--Any person who conducts or
8participates in a pool is not subject to prosecution under
9subsection (a) if all of the following apply:

10(1) Not more than 100 individuals participate in the

12(2) The maximum amount wagered for each individual entry
13in the pool is $20.

14(3) Other than the wager no other money or thing of
15value is paid or given for participation in the pool.

16(4) All wagers collected for entry into the pool are
17paid as prizes to one or more participants in the pool or to
18a clearly identified nonprofit organization.

19(5) No wagers or portions thereof are retained by the
20person or entity operating the pool and collecting wagers for

22(6) The transaction of entering the pool is incidental
23to a bona fide social, professional or familial relationship.

24Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.