Private Gambling

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    A blog post from the State Bar of Texas discussing how the recent police raids of poker clubs in Harris County may pave the way for other local governments to try and shut down gambling clubs.
  • Texas’ Membership-only Card Clubs Circumvent Gambling Laws
    A 2019 article from Reporting Texas discussing how private poker clubs continue to operate despite the state's gambling laws.
  • Texas AG declines opinion on legality of poker clubs: The clubs claim they're operating under a loophole in state law. Ken Paxton left it to the courts to decide
    A 2018 article from a local Houston news station discussing the Texas Attorney General's decision not to issue an opinion on the legality of poker rooms.
  • Are poker clubs legal in Texas? The answer is unclear
    A 2019 article from the Houston Chronicle discussing how poker clubs are seeming to operate in Texas due to a gray area of the law and recent attempts by Harris County to bring criminal charges against them. May require a subscription.
  • North Texas poker clubs gambling that state law, police won't make them fold
    A 2017 article from the Dallas News discussing the gray area in state law and how enforcement varies depending on the interpretation of local law enforcement across Texas. May require a subscription.
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It is an infraction to engage in gambling on private premises where the total amount wagered by an individual player exceeds twenty-five dollars per individual hand, game, or event.' General gambling laws: Title 29. Chapter 2915; Official source? Yes - the state of Ohio web site. Social games legal?

NOTICE: The DIA website is available only for filing an online annual gambling report. If you want to apply for a social or charitable gambling license, you will need to fill out a paper application. Please download the appropriate application below and mail the completed packet including payment to our office.

You may obtain a paper copy of the annual gambling report by contacting our office either by phone at 515.281.6848 or by email at [email protected] This report is due on Jan. 31 each year and covers the previous calendar year. A notice is mailed in early January each year to all nonprofit organizations that had a license at any point during the reporting period. The notice includes instructions on where and how to complete the annual report.

The Social and Charitable Gambling Unit administers Iowa Code Chapter 99B, which regulates games of skill or chance, raffles, bingo, social gambling and amusement devices. Qualified organizations may obtain a social or charitable gambling license to conduct fund-raising activities benefiting educational, civic, public, charitable, patriotic, or religious purposes.

  1. The actor engaged in gambling in a private place; no person received any economic benefit other than personal winnings; and except for the advantage of skill or luck, the risks of losing and the chances of winning were the same for all participants.
  2. Private poker clubs have been popping up recently all over Texas and their legality is currently under debate. Owners of these clubs claim they are operating in accordance with Texas' gambling laws by only charging membership fees and dues rather than taking a percentage of the pot. Critics claim they are merely exploiting a loophole in the law.
  3. If the offender previously has been convicted of a gambling offense, operating a gambling house is a felony of the fifth degree. (C) Premises used or occupied in violation of this section constitute a nuisance subject to abatement pursuant to sections 3767.01 to 3767.99 of the Revised Code.

Sales Tax Information

Gambling receipts are subject to Iowa sales tax, even for nonprofit organizations. All taxes are payable to the Iowa Department of Revenue, and should not be submitted to DIA. More information about taxes on gambling receipts can be found on the Iowa Department of Revenue website.

Types of Gambling Licenses

In order to conduct charitable gambling activities, a nonprofit organization will first need to obtain a Charitable Gambling License. The Charitable Gambling License applications describe the various types of gambling activity that are permitted by the licensees. The only gambling activities authorized under these licenses are bingo, raffles, and games of skill and chance.

A license must be issued by DIA before gambling takes place, including the promotion and sale of tickets. Applications should be received by DIA at least 30 days prior to the intended start of activity.

The type of license you need will depend on the period of time for which you plan to conduct gambling activity in your organization. 300 shields slot.

  • Qualified Organization License, 14-Day($15)
  • Qualified Organization License, 90-Day($40)
  • Qualified Organization License, 180-Day($75)
  • Qualified Organization License, One-Year($150)
  • Qualified Organization License, Two-Year($150)
  • Bingo at a Fair or Festival License($50)
  • Very Large Raffle License ($100)
License
Type/Gambling
Activity Permitted
Two-Year
Qualified
Organization*
One-Year
Qualified
Organization
180-Day
Qualified
Organization
90-Day
Qualified
Organization
14-Day
Qualified
Organization
Bingo at a
Fair or
Festival
BingoThree occasions per
week/15 occasions
per month
Not
allowed
Not
allowed
Not
allowed
Two total
occasions
One occasion
per day for
length of event
Games of
Skill & Chance
Unlimited
carnival-style
games
Not
allowed
Not
allowed
Not
allowed
Unlimited
carnival-style
games
Not
allowed
Game NightOne per
calendar
year
One per
calendar year
One per
calendar
year
One per
calendar
year
One per
calendar
year
Not
allowed
Very Small/
Small Raffles
UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedNot
allowed
Large RafflesOne per
calendar
year
Eight per license
period w/each
raffle conducted in a
different county
One per
calendar
year
One per
calendar
year
One per
calendar
year
Not
allowed
Very Large
Raffles**
One per calendar
year w/additional Very
Large Raffle License
One per calendar
year w/additional Very
Large Raffle License
Not
allowed
Not
allowed
Not
allowed
Not
allowed
Electronic RafflesOne small raffle
per day; One large
raffle per calendar year
Not
allowed
Not
allowed
Not
allowed
Not
allowed
Not
allowed


*An organization requesting a Two-Year Qualified Organization License must have been in existence for at least five years.
**In addition to a One-Year or Two-Year Qualified Organization License, organizations wishing to conduct a Very Large Raffle will need to complete a separate Very Large Raffle License Application.

Definitions

  1. Bingo Conducted at a Fair or Community Festival – License that allows bingo to be conducted for the duration of a fair or community festival of no more than six consecutive days in length held by a community group. Bingo occasions held under this license shall not be counted in determining whether a qualified organization has conducted the maximum three occasions per week or 15 occasions per month.
  2. Community Festival – A festival of no more than six consecutive days in length held by a community group.
  3. Community Group – An Iowa nonprofit, tax-exempt organization which is open to the general public and established for the promotion and development of the arts, history, culture, ethnicity, historical preservation, tourism, economic development, festivals or municipal libraries. “Community group” does not include a school, college, university, political party, labor union, fraternal organization, church, convention or association of churches or organizations operated primarily for religious purposes, or which are operated, supervised, controlled or principally supported by a church, convention of association of churches.
  4. Games of Skill and Chance – Includes but not limited to carnival-style games. They do not include casino-style games (See Game Night).
  5. Game Night – An event at which casino-style games may be conducted, in addition to games of skill and games of chance, within one consecutive 24-hour period.
  6. Raffle – A lottery in which each participant buys an entry for a chance at a prize with the winner determined by a random method and the winner is not required to be present to win. For raffles, the license duration must include your advertising, ticket sales, and drawing of the winner(s). A combination of licenses may be used to obtain the requested length of time.
  7. Very Small Raffle – A raffle where the total value of cash and/or merchandise prizes is $1,000 or less and the value of all entries sold is $1,000 or less, or the total value of donated merchandise prizes is $5,000 or less and the value of all entries sold is $5,000 or less.
  8. Small Raffle – A raffle where the total value of cash and/or prizes is more than $1,000 but not more than $10,000.
  9. Large Raffle – A raffle whether the total value of cash and/or prizes is more than $10,000 but not more than $100,000.
  10. Very Large Raffle – A raffle where the total value of cash and/or prizes is more than $100,000 but not more than $200,000 or if the prize is real property.

Social Gambling License for Beer and Liquor Establishments

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Authorizes small stakes card and parlor games between individuals (i.e., euchre, hearts, pitch, pinochle, gin rummy, poker, cribbage, pepper, darts, and billiards). Additionally, this license allows the establishment to conduct sports betting pools.

A license must be issued by DIA before gambling takes place, including the promotion. Applications should be received by DIA at least 30 days prior to the intended start of activity.

  • License duration: Two years
  • Cost: $150

Access the Social Gambling License Application.

Social Gambling License for Public Place, No Alcohol Allowed

Authorizes patrons to socially gamble amongst themselves in the licensed establishment on small stakes card and parlor games (i.e., euchre, hearts, pitch, pinochle, gin rummy, poker, cribbage, pepper, darts, and billiards). This license does not allow sports betting pools.

A license must be issued by DIA before gambling takes place, including the promotion. Applications should be received by DIA at least 30 days prior to the intended start of activity.

  • License duration: Two years
  • Cost: $100

The following activities are NOT permissible under this license:

Private Gambling Laws

  • Raffles
  • Bingo
  • Poker tournaments
  • Poker runs
  • Roll-of-the-day
  • Bookmaking
  • Casino-style games other than poker

Access the Social Gambling License Application.

Iowa Code section 99B.6(7) permits the those with a two-year Social Gambling License for Beer and Liquor Establishments (see tab above) to conduct a sports betting pool under certain circumstances. There is no additional cost to conduct a sports-betting pool.

Contact us with questions.

'Amusement concession' means a game of skill or game of chance with an instant win possibility where, if the participant completes a task, the participant wins a prize. 'Amusement concession' includes but is not limited to carnival-style games that are conducted by a person for profit. 'Amusement concession' does not include casino-style games or amusement devices required to be registered pursuant to section 99B.53.

Games may only be conducted after a license has been issued by DIA. Applications should be received by DIA at least 30 days prior to the intended start of activity.

  • License duration: One year
  • Cost: $50 per game

Private Gambling Laws

View or download the Amusement Concession License Application.