senate Bill S876A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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Jun 20, 2014 committed to rules
Mar 25, 2014 amended on third reading 876a
Jan 28, 2014 advanced to third reading
Jan 27, 2014 2nd report cal.
Jan 23, 2014 1st report cal.50
Jan 08, 2014 referred to racing, gaming and wagering
Jun 21, 2013 committed to rules
Jun 03, 2013 advanced to third reading
May 30, 2013 2nd report cal.
May 29, 2013 1st report cal.787
Apr 23, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 09, 2013 referred to racing, gaming and wagering

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S876 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A208A
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 Sessions:
2011-2012: S4662A, A6297A
2009-2010: S767B, A8832A

S876 - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S876

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

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

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends section 185 of the General Municipal Law to provide
that the Legislature finds 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
the General Municipal Law.

Section 2: Amends subdivision 3 of section 186 of the General Municipal
Law to include "poker tournaments" within the definition of "Games of
chance."

Section 3: Amends section 186 of the General Municipal Law by adding
a new subdivision 3-f which defines the term "poker tournament."

Section 4: Amends subdivision 14 of section 186 of the General
Municipal Law to define "one occasion" of a poker tournament as 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 tournament has been reached.

Section 5: Amends subdivision 5 of section 189 of the General Municipal
Law to exempt poker tournaments from the limits on single prizes
placed on other games of chance.

Section 6: Amends subdivision 8 of section 189 of the General Municipal
Law to exempt poker tournaments from the limits on a series prizes
distributed on any one occasion placed on other games of chance.

Section 7: Amends section 195-d of the General Municipal Law to provide
that no more than one hundred dollars ($100) shall be charged as an
admission fee to a poker tournament and that fifty percent (50%) of
such fee shall be applied to a prize or prizes and fifty percent
(50%) shall be retained by the authorized organization.

Section 8: Amends section 195-e of the General Municipal Law to
authorize the advertisement of a poker tournament by a licensed
authorized organization.

Section 9: Effective date.

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:

S.4662-A of 2012: Died on Senate Floor Calendar, Died in Assembly
Racing and Wagering

S.4662 of 2011: Died in Senate Finance, Died in Assembly Racing and
Wagering

S.767-B of 2010: Died in Senate Investigations and Gov. Operations,
Died in Assembly Racing and Wagering

S.767-A of 2009: Died in Senate
Finance, Died in Assembly Racing and 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:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth (180th) day
after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective
immediately, 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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   876

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and  Wager-
  ing

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-
mum  availability of the net proceeds of games of chance exclusively for
application to the worthy causes and undertakings specified herein; that

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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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.
  S  5.  Subdivision  5  of section 189 of the general municipal law, as
amended by chapter 455 of the laws  of  2012,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:

S. 876                              3

  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 one hundred thousand dollars. 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 tick-
et  or  other receipt. For coin boards and merchandise boards, the value
of a prize shall be determined by its costs to the authorized  organiza-
tion or, if donated, its fair market value.
  S  6.  Subdivision  8  of section 189 of the general municipal law, as
amended by chapter 455 of the laws  of  2012,  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 two million 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
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-

S. 876                              4

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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S876A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A208A
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 Sessions:
2011-2012: S4662A, A6297A
2009-2010: S767B, A8832A

S876A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S876A

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

PURPOSE:

To allow authorized organizations to conduct poker tournaments.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1:Amends section 185 of the General Municipal Law to provide
that the Legislature finds that the various games of poker, including
the game known as "Texas hold 'em," should be regulated under the
General Municipal Law.

Section 2:Amends subdivision 3 of section 186 of the General Municipal
Law to include "poker tournaments" within the list of fundraising
games which authorized organizations may offer.

Section 3:Amends section 186 of the General Municipal Law by adding a
new subdivision 3-f which defines the term "poker tournament."

Section 4:Amends subdivision 14 of section 186 of the General
Municipal Law to define "one occasion" of a poker tournament as 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
tournament has been reached.

Section 5:Amends subdivision 5 of section 189 of the General Municipal
Law to exempt poker tournaments from the limits on single prizes.

Section 6:Amends subdivision 8 of section 189 of the General Municipal
Law to exempt poker tournaments from the limits on a series prizes
distributed on any one occasion.

Section 7:Amends section 195-d of the General Municipal Law to provide
that no more than one hundred dollars ($100) shall be charged as an
admission fee to a poker tournament and that fifty percent (50%) of
such fee shall be applied to a prize or prizes and fifty percent (50%)
shall be retained by the authorized organization.

Section 8:Amends section 195-e of the General Municipal Law to
authorize the advertisement of a poker tournament by a licensed
authorized organization.

Section 9:Effective date.

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 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 - will provide these charitable organizations with new and
needed revenue, while providing a social outlet for its members and
patrons.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.4662-A of 2012: Died on Senate Floor Calendar, Died in Assembly
Racing and Wagering
S.4662 of 2011: Died in Senate Finance, Died in Assembly Racing and
Wagering
S.767-B of 2010: Died in Senate Investigations and Gov. Operations,
Died in Assembly Racing and Wagering
S.767-A of 2009: Died in Senate Finance, Died in Assembly Racing and
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:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth (180th) day
after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective
immediately, 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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 876--A
    Cal. No. 50

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. BONACIC, O'MARA -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Racing,  Gaming
  and  Wagering  --  recommitted  to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and
  Wagering in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported  favora-
  bly  from  said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered
  to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place
  in the order of third reading

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 THE VARIOUS GAMES OF  POKER,  INCLUDING  THE  GAME
KNOWN AS "TEXAS HOLD 'EM," AS OFFERED BY AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATIONS PURSU-
ANT  TO  SUBDIVISION  TWO  OF  SECTION NINE OF ARTICLE I OF THE NEW YORK
STATE CONSTITUTION, 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-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03215-02-4

S. 876--A                           2

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-
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

S. 876--A                           3

OR WINNERS ARE DETERMINED OR A PRE-DETERMINED TIME TO CONCLUDE THE TOUR-
NAMENT HAS BEEN REACHED.
  S  5.  Subdivision  5  of section 189 of the general municipal law, as
amended by chapter 455 of the laws  of  2012,  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 one hundred thousand dollars. 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 tick-
et or other receipt. For coin boards and merchandise boards,  the  value
of  a prize shall be determined by its costs to the authorized organiza-
tion or, if donated, its fair market value.
  S 6. Subdivision 8 of section 189 of the  general  municipal  law,  as
amended  by  chapter  455  of  the  laws  of 2012, 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 two million 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
area,  which  may  be  displayed on or adjacent to the premises owned or
occupied by a licensed authorized organization, and when an organization

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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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