senate Bill S4662A

Authorizes licensed authorized organizations to conduct certain poker tournaments as licensed games of chance fundraisers

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  • 14 / Apr / 2011
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 24 / May / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 31 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 31 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 4662A
  • 07 / Feb / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 15 / May / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.797
  • 16 / May / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 21 / May / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Authorizes licensed authorized organizations to conduct certain poker tournaments as licensed games of chance fundraisers.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6297A
Versions:
S4662
S4662A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
General Municipal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§185, 186, 189, 195-d & 195-e, Gen Muni L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S767B, A8832A
2007-2008: S1728

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BILL NUMBER:S4662A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the general municipal law, in relation to poker
tournaments

PURPOSE:
To allow organizations licensed under the Games of Chance law to
conduct poker tournaments.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Amends ** 185 and 186 of the general municipal law to (1) include
poker tournaments as a game of chance; (2) define a poker tournament
and (3) include poker tournaments within a definition of "one
occasion".

Amends § 189 of the general municipal law to eliminate restrictions on
prize limits for poker tournaments.

Amends 195-d of the general municipal law to limited the admission fee
to a poker tournament to $100.00, half of which goes to prizes and
half to the authorized organization; and Amends § 195-e of the
general municipal law to allow for the advertising of poker
tournaments in sections that define prize limits and the advertising
of games of chance.

EXISTING LAW:
Does not include poker tournaments as a game of chance.

JUSTIFICATION:
Poker tournaments have become a national craze, due to media attention
provided by such television shows as "World Series of Poker." At the
same time. traditional games of chance that are conducted by
charitable organizations that are licensed by the racing and wagering
board, such as black jack, roulette and other casino games, have
declined in popularity. It is believed that the interjection of poker
tournaments conducted under the strict licensing scheme that applies
to existing games of chance - will provide these charitable
organizations with new and needed revenue, while providing a social
outlet for its members and patrons.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-2010: A.8832A - Referred to Racing & Wagering

STATE AND LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Increased revenue to the state through Racing and Wagering. Increased
revenue to local governments through additional licensing fees

EFFECTIVE DATE:

180 days after enactment, with requirement for racing and wagering
board to adopt regulations prior to effective date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                 4662--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 14, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and  Wager-
  ing  -- recommitted to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering in
  accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to poker  tourna-
  ments

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.  Section 185 of the general municipal law,  as  amended  by
chapter 574 of the laws of 1978, is amended to read as follows:
  S  185.  Short  title; purpose of article. This article shall be known
and may be cited as the games of chance licensing law.  The  legislature
hereby declares that the raising of funds for the promotion of bona fide
charitable,  educational,  scientific,  health,  religious and patriotic
causes and undertakings, where the beneficiaries are undetermined, is in
the public interest. It hereby finds that, as  conducted  prior  to  the
enactment of this article, games of chance were the subject of exploita-
tion  by professional gamblers, promoters, and commercial interests, AND
IT FINDS FURTHER THAT, ALTHOUGH ELEMENTS OF SKILL MAY BE  INVOLVED,  THE
VARIOUS  GAMES  OF  POKER, INCLUDING THE GAME KNOWN AS "TEXAS HOLD 'EM,"
ARE GAMES OF CHANCE THAT SHOULD BE REGULATED UNDER THIS ARTICLE.  It  is
hereby  declared  to be the policy of the legislature that all phases of
the supervision, licensing and regulation of games of chance and of  the
conduct  of  games  of chance, should be closely controlled and that the
laws and regulations pertaining thereto should be strictly construed and
rigidly enforced; that the conduct of the game and all attendant  activ-
ities  should  be so regulated and adequate controls so instituted as to
discourage commercialization of gambling in all its forms, including the
rental of commercial premises for games of chance, and to ensure a maxi-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10053-02-2

S. 4662--A                          2

mum availability of the net proceeds of games of chance exclusively  for
application to the worthy causes and undertakings specified herein; that
the  only  justification  for this article is to foster and support such
worthy  causes and undertakings, and that the mandate of section nine of
article one of the state constitution, as amended, should be carried out
by rigid regulations to prevent commercialized gambling, prevent partic-
ipation by criminal and  other  undesirable  elements  and  prevent  the
diversion of funds from the purposes herein authorized.
  S  2.  Subdivision  3  of section 186 of the general municipal law, as
amended by chapter 531 of the laws  of  2011,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  3.  "Games  of  chance" shall mean and include only the games known as
"merchandise wheels", "coin boards", "merchandise boards", "seal cards",
"event games", "raffles", "POKER TOURNAMENTS" and "bell jars"  and  such
other  specific games as may be authorized by the board, in which prizes
are awarded on the basis of a  designated  winning  number  or  numbers,
color or colors, symbol or symbols determined by chance, but not includ-
ing  games commonly known as "bingo or lotto" which are controlled under
article fourteen-H of this chapter and also not including  "bookmaking",
"policy  or numbers games" and "lottery" as defined in section 225.00 of
the penal law. No game of chance shall involve wagering of money by  one
player against another player.
  S  3.  Section 186 of the general municipal law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 3-f to read as follows:
  3-F. "POKER TOURNAMENT" SHALL MEAN AND INCLUDE THOSE GAMES  OF  CHANCE
IN  WHICH  PARTICIPANTS COMPETE BY PLAYING POKER GAMES THAT ARE APPROVED
BY THE BOARD. PLACEMENT IN A POKER TOURNAMENT SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE
NUMBER OF POKER CHIPS THAT ARE ACCUMULATED DURING THE COURSE OF PLAY  OR
BY THE VARIOUS TIMES THAT CONTESTANTS ARE ELIMINATED FROM THE TOURNAMENT
DURING  THE COURSE OF PLAY. POKER CHIPS SHALL BE ALLOTTED TO CONTESTANTS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH RULES THAT ARE ADOPTED BY THE BOARD.
  S 4. Subdivision 14 of section 186 of the general  municipal  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  531  of  the  laws  of 2011, is amended to read as
follows:
  14. "One occasion" shall mean the successive  operations  of  any  one
single  type of game of chance which results in the awarding of a series
of prizes amounting to five hundred  dollars  or  four  hundred  dollars
during  any  one  license  period,  in accordance with the provisions of
subdivision eight of section one hundred eighty-nine of this article, as
the case may be. For purposes of the game of chance known as a  merchan-
dise  wheel  or a raffle, "one occasion" shall mean the successive oper-
ations of any one such merchandise wheel or raffle for which  the  limit
on a series of prizes provided by subdivision six of section one hundred
eighty-nine  of  this  article  shall apply. For purposes of the game of
chance known as a bell jar, "one occasion"  shall  mean  the  successive
operation  of  any one such bell jar, seal card, event game, coin board,
or merchandise board which results in the awarding of a series of prizes
amounting to three thousand dollars. For the purposes  of  the  game  of
chance  known as raffle "one occasion" shall mean a calendar year during
which successive operations of such game are conducted.  FOR THE PURPOSE
OF THE GAME KNOWN AS A POKER TOURNAMENT, "ONE OCCASION" SHALL  MEAN  THE
PERIOD  OF  TIME FROM THE COMMENCEMENT OF SUCH TOURNAMENT UNTIL A WINNER
OR WINNERS ARE DETERMINED OR A PRE-DETERMINED TIME TO CONCLUDE THE TOUR-
NAMENT HAS BEEN REACHED.

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  S 5. Subdivision 5 of section 189 of the  general  municipal  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  337  of  the  laws  of 1998, is amended to read as
follows:
  5.  No  single  prize  awarded by games of chance other than raffle OR
POKER TOURNAMENT shall exceed the sum or value of three hundred dollars,
except that for merchandise wheels, no single prize shall exceed the sum
or value of two hundred fifty dollars. No single prize awarded by raffle
shall exceed the sum or value of fifty thousand dollars, except that  an
authorized  organization  may  award  by  raffle a single prize having a
value of up to and including one hundred thousand dollars if its  appli-
cation  for  a  license  filed pursuant to section one hundred ninety of
this article includes a statement of its intent to award a prize  having
such value.  No single wager shall exceed six dollars and for bell jars,
coin  boards,  or  merchandise boards, no single prize shall exceed five
hundred dollars provided, however, that such limitation shall not  apply
to  the  amount of money or value paid by the participant in a raffle in
return for a ticket or other receipt. For coin  boards  and  merchandise
boards,  the  value  of  a prize shall be determined by its costs to the
authorized organization or, if donated, its fair market value.
  S 6. Subdivision 8 of section 189 of the  general  municipal  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  302  of  the  laws  of 2010, is amended to read as
follows:
  8. Except for merchandise wheels [and], raffles AND POKER TOURNAMENTS,
no series of prizes on any one occasion shall aggregate more  than  four
hundred  dollars when the licensed authorized organization conducts five
single types of games of chance during any one  license  period.  Except
for  merchandise wheels, raffles [and], bell jars AND POKER TOURNAMENTS,
no series of prizes on any one occasion shall aggregate more  than  five
hundred  dollars when the licensed authorized organization conducts less
than five single types of games  of  chance,  exclusive  of  merchandise
wheels,  raffles  [and], bell jars AND POKER TOURNAMENTS, during any one
license period. No authorized organization shall award by raffle  prizes
with  an  aggregate  value  in  excess  of five hundred thousand dollars
during any one license period.
  S 7. Section 195-d of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter
637 of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows:
  S 195-d. Charge for admission and  participation;  amount  of  prizes;
award  of  prizes. A fee may be charged by any licensee for admission to
any game or games of chance conducted under  any  license  issued  under
this  article. The clerk or department may in its discretion fix a mini-
mum fee.  NO MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS SHALL BE CHARGED AS AN ADMIS-
SION FEE TO A POKER TOURNAMENT. FIFTY  PERCENT  OF  SUCH  FEE  SHALL  BE
APPLIED  TO  A  PRIZE  OR PRIZES, AS MAY BE DETERMINED BY THE AUTHORIZED
ORGANIZATION, AND FIFTY PERCENT OF SUCH FEE SHALL  BE  RETAINED  BY  THE
AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATION, SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION SIX OF
SECTION  ONE  HUNDRED  EIGHTY-SIX OF THIS ARTICLE. With the exception of
bell jars, coin boards, seal cards,  merchandise  boards,  and  raffles,
every  winner  shall  be determined and every prize shall be awarded and
delivered within the same calendar day as that upon which the  game  was
played.  No  alcoholic  beverage shall be offered or given as a prize in
any game of chance.
  S 8. Section 195-e of the general municipal law, as amended by chapter
94 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows:
  S 195-e. Advertising games. A licensee may advertise  the  conduct  of
games  of  chance to the general public by means of newspaper, circular,
handbill and poster, and by one sign not exceeding sixty square feet  in

S. 4662--A                          4

area,  which  may  be  displayed on or adjacent to the premises owned or
occupied by a licensed authorized organization, and when an organization
is licensed to conduct games of chance  on  premises  of  an  authorized
games  of chance lessor, one additional such sign may be displayed on or
adjacent to the premises in which the games are to be conducted.   Addi-
tional signs may be displayed upon any fire fighting equipment belonging
to any licensed authorized organization which is a volunteer fire compa-
ny, or upon any equipment of a first aid or rescue squad in and through-
out  the  community  served by such volunteer fire company or such first
aid or rescue squad, as the case may be.  All  advertisements  shall  be
limited to the description of such event as "Games of chance" [or], "Las
Vegas Night" OR "POKER TOURNAMENT", the name of the authorized organiza-
tion  conducting such games, the license number of the authorized organ-
ization as assigned by the clerk or department and  the  date,  location
and time of the event.
  S 9. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly,  the  addition,  amendment  and/or  repeal of any rule or regulation
necessary for the implementation of this act on its  effective  date  is
authorized  to  be  made  and completed by the state racing and wagering
board on or before such date.

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