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Current through Oct. 1, 2016
1200 ELIGIBILITY FOR BINGO, RAFFLE, AND MONTE CARLO NIGHT PARTY LICENSES
1200.1 In accordance with D.C. Official Code ß3-1323, no person, firm, partnership, association, organization, or corporation shall sponsor, conduct or hold a bingo game, raffle or Monte Carlo night party in the District of Columbia without a license issued by the Board.
1200.2 In accordance with D.C. Official Code ß3-1323, any person, firm, partnership, association, organization, or corporation engaged in, or existing for, charitable, benevolent, eleemosynary, humane, religious, philanthropic, recreational, social, educational, civic, fraternal, or other non-profit purposes to which contributions are deductible for federal or District income tax purposes is eligible for a license to conduct bingo, raffles and Monte Carlo night parties; Provided, that the following requirements have been met:
(a) Be incorporated in the District as a not-for-profit corporation pursuant to D.C. Official Code ß29-301.01, or be incorporated as a charitable, educational or religious organization pursuant to D.C. Code ß29-301.01 et seq.
(b) Be authorized by its constitution, articles, charter, or bylaws to further a lawful purpose in the District;
(c) Have at least twenty (20) members in good standing;
(d) Have been in existence as an entity for not less than one (1) year immediately preceding its application for a license, during which one (1) year period a bona fide membership was actively engaged in furthering the lawful purpose authorized by its constitution, articles, charter, or bylaws; and
(e) Operate without profit to its members and permit no part of any net earnings to inure to the benefit of any private shareholder, partner, employee, or individual.
1200.3 In accordance with D.C. Official Code ß3-1323, a constituent service program D.C. Official Code ß1-1104.03 may be issued a license to conduct bingo games, raffles and Monte Carlo night parties.
1201 SENIOR CITIZEN GROUPS
1201.1 Senior citizen groups shall be eligible for a license to conduct bingo games, raffles and Monte Carlo night parties if they are comprised entirely of members who are sixty (60) years of age or older, or fifty-five (55) years of age or older if handicapped, and have at least ten (10) members.
1201.2 Senior citizen groups applying for a Class A, a Class B, or a Class C bingo license according to ßß1204.1 and 1204.8 shall be exempt from ßß1200.2(c) and (d).
1201.3 Senior citizen groups applying for a recreational Class D bingo license according to ß1204.1(d) shall be exempt from ß 1200.2 and all provisions of ß1205, and ßß1405.1, 1405.9, and 1405.10.
1201.4 Senior citizen groups applying for a Monte Carlo night party license according to ßß1204.20 shall be exempt from ßß1200.2(c) and (d).
1202 APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL, RENEWAL, AND AMENDED BINGO, RAFFLE AND MONTE CARLO NIGHT PARTY LICENSES
1202.1 Each applicant for a license to conduct bingo, raffles or Monte Carlo night parties shall file an application on a form provided by the Board.
1202.2 Each application shall include the following:
(a) Name and address of the applicant organization;
(b) Type of license (bingo, raffle or Monte Carlo night parties);
(c) Type of organization (religious, educational, fraternal, etc.);
(d) Class of license;
(e) Date of application;
(f) Whether the applicant organization holds a current Letter of Determination from the District's Department of Finance and Revenue which allows contributions to the applicant organization to be deductible for District income tax purposes or holds a current Letter of Determination from the Internal Revenue Service which allows contributions to applicant organizations to be deductible for Federal income tax purposes;
(g) How long the applicant organization has been in existence and actively engaged in furthering the lawful purpose authorized by its charter, constitution, articles, or bylaws;
(h) Whether the applicant organization is currently incorporated in the District as a not-for-profit organization or association;
(i) Whether the applicant is applying as a senior citizen group;
(j) Name, address, telephone number, and date of birth of the member-in-charge and deputy member-in-charge;
(k) Name, address, telephone number, and date of birth of the person responsible for utilization of gross receipts;
(l) Names and address of twenty (20) active members of the organization, ten (10) for senior citizen groups;
(m) For bingo applicants, the date, times, and place of a regular bingo event or limited period bingo. Bingo operations shall not be held between 12:00 midnight and 9:00 a.m.
(n) For raffle applicants, the price of raffle tickets and number of tickets printed or to be printed, the aggregate value of prizes, the date, time, and place of the raffle drawing; and for classes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 a sworn statement of the ticket printer, verifying total number of tickets printed, the first and last numbers of tickets, and that the tickets were numbered consecutively without duplication;
(o) For Monte Carlo night party applicants, the date, time and place of the event;
(p) The lawful purpose of funds raised from bingo, raffles or Monte Carlo night party activities;
(q) Whether the applicant intends to lease premises;
(r) The license fees and bonds required by the Board; and
(s) The constitution or bylaws for the applicant organization.
1202.3 If there is a material change in any factor listed in ß1202.2, the applicant or licensed organization shall file an amended license application within ten (10) days of the material change or knowledge that a material change is about to occur.
1202.4 In accordance with D.C. Official Code ß3-1302, the issuance of any original, renewal, or amended license shall require the affirmative vote of at least four (4) members of the Board.
1204.16 The Agency shall issue the following two (2) classes of Monte Carlo Night Party licenses:
(a) A Class 1 Monte Carlo Night Party license shall allow for the operation of a Monte Carlo Night Party in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 16. A Class 1 Monte Carlo Night Party license shall not include any Texas Hold'em card games. The application fee for a Class 1 Monte Carlo Night Party license shall be one hundred dollars ($100); and
(b) A Class 2 Monte Carlo Night Party license shall allow for the operation of a Monte Carlo Night Party to include Texas Hold'em in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 16. The application fee for a Class 2 Monte Carlo Night Party license shall be five hundred dollars ($500). A Class 2 Monte Carlo Night Party license shall be required for a Charitable Texas Hold'em Tournament.
1204.17 In accordance with D.C. Code ß2-2522.1(c) (1994 Repl. Vol.), no licensed organization shall hold more than two (2) Monte Carlo night parties in a calendar year.
1204.19 The application for a Monte Carlo night party for senior citizen groups shall be ten dollars ($10).
1204.20 The required fees for bingo, raffles and Monte Carlo night party licenses shall cover license fees for the member-in-charge, deputy member-in-charge, and the member responsible for gross receipts.
1205.2 In accordance with D.C. Official Code ß 3-1325, the bond required in ß1205.1 shall guarantee the faithful discharge of the duties of the member responsible for gross receipts, payment of expenses, including fees and taxes, that net proceeds are expended for a lawful purpose, and that all prizes are awarded.
1206.4 The following persons shall not be eligible for a supplier's license:
(a) In accordance with D.C. Official Code ß 3-1328, a person convicted of a felony who has not received a pardon or has not been released from parole or probation for at least five (5) years prior to his or her applying for a suppliers' license;
(b) A person who is or has been a professional gambler or gambling promoter;
(c) A business in which a person disqualified under paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection is employed or active or in which a person is married or related in the first degree of kinship to such person who has an interest of more than ten percent (10%) in the business;
(d) Public officers or public employees of the District, if the Board determines that a conflict of interests exist; and
(e) Board members and employees of the Board.
1207.2 In accordance with D.C. Official Code ß 3-1326, the following information shall be included on each application:
(a) Name and address of the applicant;
(b) Type of business or organization;
(c) Date and place of establishment;
(d) Name and address of each officer, director, shareholder partner, or other person with an ownership interest in the applicant's business;
(e) Statement showing the gross receipts realized in the preceding year on the purchase, sale, rental or distribution of bingo or Monte Carlo night party supplies and equipment to licensed organizations;
(f) Name and address of any supplier or manufacturers of supplies or equipment;
(g) List of all gaming equipment and gaming supplies to be sold, rented or distributed to licensed organizations during the period of this license;
(h) Number of years the applicant has been in business of supplying supplies and equipment;
(i) Copy of applicant's license to do business in the District if the applicant is incorporated or organized in the District. If the applicant business is organized outside of the District, the name and address of a resident agent who is authorized to be served legal documents and receive notice, orders, and directives of the Board;
(j) A certified copy of the price list of the applicants supplies and equipment which shall remain effective during the course of the license;
(k) License fee; and
(l) Police clearance reports for owners and officers from the District and jurisdiction of residence and the business.
1208.4 The supplier shall pay a renewal license fee based on the supplier's gross sales of supplies equipment and provision of personnel, if applicable, to the licensed organizations during the preceding year.
The fee shall be in accordance with the following schedule:
Amount of Gross Sales Fees Less than $5,000 $100 Between $5,000 and $19,999.99 $200 Between $20,000 and $49,999.99 $400 More than $49,999.99 $600
1209 PROHIBITED SUPPLIERS' ACTIVITIES
1209.1 Suppliers shall be prohibited from engaging in activities relating to the sale of bingo equipment in accordance with D.C. Official Code ß 3-1329.
1210 DENIAL, REVOCATION, OR SUSPENSION OF BINGO, RAFFLE, AND MONTE CARLO NIGHT PARTY LICENSES AND SUPPLIERS' LICENSES
1210.1 The Board may deny any application for a license, or suspend for up to sixty (60) days, or revoke the license of any licensed organization or licensed supplier for any one of the following reasons:
(a) If an applicant for a bingo, raffle or Monte Carlo night party license does not meet the requirements of ß1200 or 1201;
(b) If an applicant for a bingo, raffle or Monte Carlo night party license does not meet the requirements of ß 1206;
(c) If the applicant or licensed organization uses false or misleading information to obtain a license;
(d) If the applicant, or licensed organization, or licensed supplier violates any applicable provisions of D.C. Official Code ß3-1301 et seq. or this title;
(e) Fraudulent or dishonest conduct in the operation of bingo, raffles and Monte Carlo night parties; and
(f) Other good cause.
1301.5 The member-in-charge or deputy member-in-charge shall be present continually during the bingo operation, raffle draw or Monte Carlo night party, and shall be familiar with applicable provisions of D.C. Official Code ß3-1301 et seq., other applicable statutes, this chapter, and the terms and conditions of the license1603.6 In accordance with D.C. Official Code ß 3-1322(b), participants of a Monte Carlo night party shall use imitation money or chips monogrammed with the logo of the licensed organization or licensed supplier.
Title 30 District of Columbia Municipal Regulations
14-1 CHAPTER 14 BINGO OPERATIONS
1400.1 The premises where any game of bingo is conducted or where it is intended to be conducted or where any bingo equipment is used or intended to be used shall be open at reasonable times to inspection by the Board.
1400.2 A licensed organization shall lease a premise for any bingo operation only by means of a fixed rental payment; Provided, that the fixed rental payment is not based on a percentage of gross receipts or net proceeds from a bingo operation and reflects a fair rental value.
1400.3 Any lease entered into in accordance with §1400.2 shall be set forth in writing and filed with the application for a license and reviewed by the Board to determine compliance with §§1400.2 and 1400.4.
1400.4 The lease shall separately state the following:
1400.5 No more than two (2) bingo operations per week shall be conducted on any one (1) premise.
1400.6 A licensed organization shall conduct no more than two (2) bingo operations per week on any one (1) premise.
1400.7 A licensed organization shall conduct bingo only on premises listed on the face of the license.
1400.8 A licensed organization shall not conduct bingo in a building which does not have a current occupancy permit required by the District's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
1400.9 Each licensed organization shall post at a place where the bingo cards are sold the following information:
1400.10 Each player shall be furnished a chair and place with sufficient room to play at no extra charge.
1400.11 The playing area shall be free of hazards to safety with means of egress clearly designated.
1400.12 The licensed organization shall provide at least one (1) security person, either a District police officer or a person licensed by the District as a security guard.
1401 BINGO WORKERS AND CONSULTANTS
1401.1 Each licensed organization shall conspicuously post on the premises where bingo is conducted and keep available to the Board and law enforcement agencies a list of persons authorized to participate as bingo workers under the supervision of the member-in-charge.
1401.2 Bingo workers while on duty shall not participate as players in any bingo operation.
1401.3 Each licensed organization shall designate one (1) or more checkers for each bingo operation.
1401.4 Checkers stationed on the floor shall be responsible for selling bingo cards, supplies and charity game tickets, and for acknowledging a bingo call from players, checking the affected cards, and verifying the winning numbers to the caller by announcing the claimed winning numbers to the caller and the players present.
1401.5 A bingo worker shall be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
1401.6 A bingo worker shall wear identifying name tags.
1401.7 In addition to the consultation and services identified in §1200.4 of this title, unlicensed persons, firms, or organizations may provide advertising or financial services to a licensed organization operating a multihall bingo game.
1401.8 All services authorized by §1401.7 shall be provided under a written agreement approved by the Agency. The agreement(s) shall include a provision permitting the Agency to review, inspect and audit the books, records and operations of the licensed organization and the provider of services authorized by §1401.7.
1401.9 The written agreement required by §1401.8 may require the provider of services to reimburse the licensed organization for licensing fees charged by the Agency to review, inspect and audit the books, records and operations of a provider of services located or conducting operations for the licensed organization outside the District of Columbia.
1401.10 The written agreement required by §1401.8 may include a provision for the provider of services to provide the bond required by §1205.3 of this title.
1401.11 Violation of any term or provision of the written agreement authorized by §1401.8 by the licensed organization or the provider of services shall be grounds for denial, suspension or revocation of a license.
1401.12 A denial, suspension or revocation of a license shall be governed by the provisions of §1210 of this title.
1401.13 Pursuant to D.C. Code §2-2529 (1994 Repl. Vol.), no person directly or indirectly connected with the manufacture, sale, or distribution of bingo supplies or equipment, and no agent, Tservant or employee of such person, shall do the following:
1401.14 For the purposes of §1401.13, "directly or indirectly connected" shall mean directly or indirectly connected by an ownership interest including sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, joint ventures, subsidiaries or affiliated companies. "Directly or indirectly connected" shall not include contractual relationships or licensing arrangements.
1402.1 A licensed organization operating under a Class A, a Class B, or a Class C bingo license shall not charge more than four dollars ($4) for admission to a bingo operation which shall include at least one (1) regular bingo card.
1402.2 A licensed organization operating under a Class D bingo license shall not charge more than twenty-five cents (25cents) for admission to a bingo operation which shall include at least one (1) regular bingo card.
1402.3 A licensed organization operating under a Class A, a Class B, or a Class C bingo license shall not charge more than two dollars ($2) for each extra regular card.
1402.4 A licensed organization operating under a Class D bingo license shall not charge more than fifteen cents (.15) for each extra regular card.
1402.5 A licensed organization operating under a Class A, a Class B, or a Class C bingo license shall not charge more than fifteen dollars ($15) for participation in a multihall bingo game or one one dollar ($1) for participation in any other special bingo game.
1402.6 A licensed organization operating under a Class D bingo license shall not charge more than fifteen cents (.15) for participation in any special bingo game.
1403 BINGO EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
1403.1 A licensed organization shall purchase or receive bingo supplies and equipment specifically designed or adapted for use in the bingo operation only from a licensed supplier or another licensed organization, if the licensed organization selling the used equipment is currently licensed or had been licensed not less than twelve (12) months preceding the sale.
SOURCE: Final Rulemaking published at 35 DCR 3788, 3804 (May 20, 1988).
HISTORICAL NOTE: Prior to May 20, 1988, the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board published Final Rulemaking at 29 DCR 5016, 5028 (November 12, 1982).
1404 BINGO CARDS
1404.1 In addition to the requirements listed in D.C. Code §2-2530 (1994 Repl. Vol.), bingo cards shall meet the following requirements:
SOURCE: Final Rulemaking published at 35 DCR 3788, 3805 (May 20, 1988).
1405 METHOD OF PLAY
1405.1 At each bingo operation, the licensed organization shall supply each player a sheet which lists the following:
1405.2 Each person admitted to a bingo operation purchasing a regular bingo card shall be allowed to play in all regular bingo games conducted at the bingo operation.
1405.3 Regular bingo cards sold as a part of the admission cost pursuant to §1402.1 shall be of a different color from all extra regular bingo cards.
1405.4 At any bingo operation, any player buying or renting an extra regular bingo card shall be entitled to use the card in all regular games conducted after that person buys or rents the card.
1405.5 All bingo cards shall be sold face down and in a random fashion.
1405.6 No number on a bingo card shall be given free to players in any bingo game other than that center space designated the "free" space.
1405.7 The objects to be drawn shall be essentially the same in size, shape, weight, balance, and other characteristics so that at all times during a bingo operation each object possesses the capacity for equal opportunity of selection.
1405.8 All seventy-five (75) objects shall be present in the receptacle at the beginning of each bingo game.
1405.9 A display tote board showing each number as called shall always be used in each room where bingo is played.
1405.10 All seventy-five (75) numbers shall be posted on the tote board at the beginning of each bingo game.
1405.11 The announcement by the caller of all numbers drawn shall be clearly audible to the players present and visibly indicated on the tote board.
1405.12 Where more than one room is used for any bingo game, the receptacle and the caller and any assistant shall be in the room where the greatest number of players is present and all numbers shall be announced in a manner clearly audible to the players in each room.
1405.13 In any multihall bingo game the receptacle and the caller and any assistant shall be located at a single premise within or outside the District of Columbia, and all numbers shall be drawn and announced in conformity with the provisions of this chapter respecting the drawing and announcing of numbers at licensed premises located within the District of Columbia.
1405.14 Once removed, no object shall be returned to the receptacle until after the conclusion of the game.
1405.15 In all bingo games, other than Class C multihall bingo games, the receptacle and caller shall be visible to the majority of players at the premises at all times.
1405.16 Bingo shall be called immediately. If a bingo is overlooked, the subsequent number or numbers shall be declared the winner.
1405.17 Prior to each bingo game, the particular arrangement of numbers required to be covered in order to win shall be clearly displayed in a model and audibly announced to the players.
1405.18 Prior to each bingo game, the amount of the prize shall be audibly announced and clearly displayed to the players.
1405.19 No more than six (6) early bird games may be held during a regular bingo operation.
1405.20 No regular bingo cards or supplies, except charity game tickets and special bingo cards, shall be sold during any bingo operation after completion of three-fourths (3/4) of the bingo games scheduled, excluding early bird games.
1405.21 No more than six (6) early bird games may be held during a limited period bingo operation.
1406 VERIFICATION OF WINNER
1406.1 In the immediate presence of at least one other player, an authorized checker shall audibly call to the players present the numbers appearing on the winning card or cards prior to the time a winner is determined and at the same time, verify with the caller the winning numbers off of the card or cards called as winners.
1406.2 When more than one (1) player is found to be the winner on the call of the same number in the same bingo game the prize shall be divided equally and rounded to the next highest dollar, Title 30 District of Columbia Municipal Regulations
1406.3 Each bingo winner shall be determined and every prize shall be awarded and delivered at the conclusion of each bingo game.
1407 PAYMENT OF WINNERS
1407.1 Bingo prizes, charity game prizes, and any cash door prizes shall be paid by funds provided by a cashier from a separate bank used only for that purpose, except that the foregoing shall not apply to multihall bingo prizes permitted by §1408.6.
1407.2 In no event shall bingo prizes be paid from the bank of a checker collecting money from the sale of bingo cards, supplies, or charity game tickets.
1408 BINGO PRIZES
1408.1 A licensed organization operating under a Class A, a Class B, or a Class C regular bingo license shall not award any prize in excess of two thousand dollars ($2,000) in any single bingo game or ten thousand dollars ($10,000) in any single bingo operation, except that multihall bingo game prizes may be paid in accordance with the provisions of §1408.6.
1408.2 A licensed organization operating under a Class A, a Class B, or a Class C limited period bingo license shall have no limit on the value of prizes offered.
1408.3 A licensed organization operating under a Class D regular bingo license shall not award any prize in excess of five dollars ($5) in any single game or fifty dollars ($50) in any single bingo operation.
1408.4 All prizes for a bingo operation shall be cash prizes; except that multihall bingo prize may be paid pursuant to §1408.6 and door prizes may be awarded in the form of merchandise according to §1408.11.
1408.5 All cash prizes shall be paid by the licensed organization in United States currency or coin; Provided, that at the request of the winner, any prize in excess of ten dollars ($10) shall be paid by check.
1408.6 Payments of multihall bingo prizes of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more may be paid in whole, or in part, pursuant to an annuity contract purchased for a period of time not to exceed twenty-five (25) years.
1408.7 An annuity contract shall be purchased within thirty (30) days after the prize is won and shall be for the benefit of the multihall bingo game winner.
1408.8 An annuity contract authorized by this section shall be purchased from a nationally recognized insurer licensed to do business in the District of Columbia.
1408.9 All or part of a multihall bingo game prize of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more may be paid in cash or by check by the provider of prize fulfillment services.
1408.10 A licensed organization shall not offer, distribute or give any service, or thing of value, or opportunity to play bingo without charge.
1408.11 The awarding of any door prize shall require that all persons paying an admission charge be given equal changes to win.
1409 CHARITY GAME TICKETS
1409.1 The tab lottery game known as charity game or Nevada chips shall be permitted during all Class A, Class B, and Class C bingo and raffle operations.
1409.2 Licensed organizations shall purchase charity game tickets from the Board; except if the charity game tickets are not available from the Board, the charity game tickets may be purchased from a supplier licensed pursuant to §1208 of this title.
1409.3 Before a licensed organization may sell charity game tickets purchased from a licensed supplier, the licensed organization shall present to the Board a sample of the charity game ticket in order that the Board may determine whether the charity game ticket provides sufficient protection such that the prizes awarded cannot be determined prior to the sale of the charity game ticket to the player.
1409.4 All unsold charity game tickets shall be returned to the Board for destruction at the end of the event; except for events licensed pursuant to §1204.1.
1410.1 Each licensed organization shall keep complete and accurate records within the District of Columbia of all gross receipts and disbursements from any bingo operation.
1410.2 All deductions from gross receipts from a bingo operation shall be documented with receipts or other records.
1410.3 The Board shall have access to all books and records of any licensed organization for the purpose of examining and investigating its books and records.
1410.4 A licensed organization shall retain and make available for inspection by the Board all records, books of account, bank statements, and other papers incidental to the operation of bingo for a period of five (5) years from the close of the calendar year to which the records apply.
1410.5 All bingo records required to be maintained and retained under this section or any other section of this chapter shall be kept within the District.
1411 DISBURSEMENT OF BINGO RECEIPTS
1411.1 All gross receipts from each bingo operation, less the amount awarded as cash prizes, shall be deposited in a separate bingo bank account by the end of the next business day following the date of each bingo operation; Provided, that for recreational bingo played under a Class D license all gross receipts from each bingo operation must be paid out for prizes and for expenses pursuant to §§1408.3, 1412.1, and 1412.2.
1411.2 Money shall be withdrawn from the bingo account for only the following:
1411.3 Use of gross receipts less prizes shall be completed pursuant to §1411.2 within thirty (30) days of each bingo operation.
1411.4 The licensed organization shall not commingle any funds derived from the operation of bingo with any other funds, except in compliance with §1411.2.
1411. 5 If a licensed organization fails to renew its license to conduct bingo or its license is suspended or revoked, the licensed organization shall immediately distribute all net proceeds pursuant to §1411.2.
1412. 1 No expense, including compensation, shall be incurred or amounts paid in connection with a bingo operation by a licensed organization, except those reasonably expended and directly related to the operation.
1412.2 A licensed organization may reimburse each worker no more than fifteen dollars ($15) for expenses per occasion.
1412.3 No expense, including compensation, shall be incurred or amounts paid based on a percentage of gross receipts, or net proceeds from a bingo operation, except payments based upon a percentage of gross receipts to provide a combined prize fund for, or to compensate for services rendered in connection with, a multihall bingo game.
1412.4 Money for reasonable and necessary expenses ordinarily incidental to bingo operations shall be paid from the gross receipts only by checks having consecutive numbers drawn on the bingo bank account according to §1411.
1412.5 Each check drawn on the bingo account shall be made payable to the specific payee providing the goods or rendering the service which gives rise to the expense.
1413 FINANCIAL REPORT
1413.1 A licensed organization shall complete and file a financial report on a form provided by the Board within ten (10) days of a regular bingo operation and within thirty (30) days of a limitedperiod bingo operation.
1414 MULTIHALL BINGO LICENSE
1414.1 Subject to the provisions of Chapter 12, the Board may issue a special multihall bingo game license to any organization holding a Class A, Class B or Class C regular bingo license or a Class A, Class B or Class C limited period bingo license.
1414.2 Nothing in this title shall preclude organizations eligible for a regular or limited period bingo license from co-sponsoring bingo, including multihall bingo.
1414.3 The Board shall require a non-refundable application fee for a special multihall bingo game license in the following amounts:
1414.4 If the books, records and operations of a provider of services are located outside the District of Columbia, the Agency may assess additional licensing fees to review, inspect and audit the books, records and operations.
1414.5 The fee shall be equal to the Agency's cost for conducting a review, divided by the number of licensees using the services of the provider of services.
1414.6 In no event shall the Agency's cost include any expenditure by Agency personnel which is inconsistent with the Travel Regulations contained in Title 1 DCMR, Chapter 8.
1414.7 A special multihall bingo game license shall not extend beyond the expiration date of the bingo license held by the licensed organization. The Agency may reduce the fees specified in §1414.3 on a pro rata basis pursuant to this subsection.
1414.8 A licensed organization holding a Class A, Class B, or Class C regular bingo license or a Class A, Class B or Class C limited period bingo license may apply for a multihall bingo game license on a form provided by the Agency.
1414.9 A licensed organization may satisfy the bonding requirements of §1205.3 by providing a bond in an amount equal to the cost to pay the highest prize offered plus fifteen percent (15%).
1414.10 The Agency may limit the number of multihall bingo games that are offered in any bingo operation.
1603.8 In accordance with D.C. Official Code ß 3-1322(c), there shall be no direct correlation between the amount of imitation money or chips presented to participants and the participant's donation to the event.
1603.16 A wager shall not be placed upon an event or upon a game involving personal skill except that Texas Hold'em may be played as authorized by this chapter.
1603.19 Texas Hold'em shall not be conducted outside the hours listed on the license.
1603.20 Texas Hold'em shall be conducted as a tournament where all players pay the established entry fee for the same amount of chips.
1603.21 Texas Hold'em shall not be conducted in any manner that assigns a cash redemption value to the chips.
1603.22 Texas Hold'em shall be played with a standard 52-card deck without jokers.
1603.23 Texas Hold'em shall be played at tables large enough to accommodate a dealer and up to 7 players in such a manner as to ensure that the players may examine their cards without disclosing their value to other players.
1603.24 All cards shall be dealt by a Monte Carlo night party worker.
1603.25 The order of finish for the tournament shall be determined by one of the following methods:
(a) If play continues until all but one player is eliminated, the order of finish shall be the order of elimination from last to first. The last remaining player shall be declared the winner.
(b) If play stops at a set time as defined in the house rules, the order of finish shall be determined by ranking the value of chips held by each player at the end of play from highest to lowest. The player having the highest value of chips shall be declared the winner.
1603.26 Prizes not exceeding $500 per player per day may be awarded based on the method used for determining the order of finish.
1603.27 A player shall not bet on more than one hand in any round of play.
1603.28 Wild cards are prohibited.
1603.29 Hi/Lo games are prohibited. Winners shall be determined by the highest ranking Texas Hold'em combination.
1603.30 Re-buys are prohibited.
1603.31 Texas Hold'em shall not be played through the use of any electronic device, electromechanical device, or video terminal.
1604 METHOD OF PLAY
1604.1 In all dice games, the size of the dice shall be a minimum of three quarters of an inch (3/4 inch). The following rules shall be posted when dice games are played:
(a) The dice shall hit the side boards of the table when thrown. If the dice do not hit the side boards, the roll is void and the dice shall be rolled again.
(b) Only the dealer, operator or player may touch the dice. The player shall only touch the dice when it is the player's turn to roll the dice.
1604.3 When the game of Texas Hold'em is being played, the following rules apply and shall be posted:
(a) All suits have the same rank. The rank of cards, from highest to lowest, shall be ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, except as provided in 1604.3(v)(1) where the ace may be counted low.
(b) The dealer shall shuffle the cards prior to each round of play.
(c) All players shall place an ante into the pot if required by the house rules.
(d) Prior to the first round of play, the dealer shall place the dealer button in front of the player immediately to the dealer's left. The dealer shall move the dealer button to the next player in a clockwise direction prior to commencing each subsequent round of play.
(e) The player immediately to the left of the dealer button shall post the required small blind before the beginning of each round of play.
(f) The player immediately to the left of the small blind position shall post the required big blind before the beginning of each round of play.
(g) When all but two (2) players have been eliminated from the table, the player with the dealer button shall post the small blind and the other player shall post the big blind.
(h) All cards shall be dealt in a clockwise direction beginning with the player immediately to the left of the dealer button.
(i) The dealer shall commence betting interval 1 by dealing one (1) card to each player face down, then a second card to each player face down.
(j) Each player may examine their pocket cards at any time.
(k) Each player shall keep their pocket cards in full view of the dealer at all times and must ensure that they are examined in a manner that does not disclose to other players their value. Players may not exchange information concerning their hand.
(l) Players that drop from the round of play shall not reveal their pocket cards.
(m) Betting for interval 1 shall proceed as follows:
(1) The player immediately to the left of the big blind position is the first to act and must call, raise, or drop.
(2) When all but two (2) players have been eliminated from the table, the player with the dealer button is the first to act and must call, raise, or drop.
(3) Betting continues in a clockwise direction until each player has an opportunity to call, raise, or drop with the exception of the player in the big blind position who may also check if no other player has raised.
(n) The dealer shall commence betting interval 2 by burning a card and then dealing three board cards face up in the middle of the table, commonly referred to as the Flop.
(o) Betting for interval 2 shall proceed as follows:
(1) The player immediately to the left of the dealer button is the first to act and must bet, check, or drop.
(2) Betting continues in a clockwise direction until each player has an opportunity to bet, check, call, raise, or drop.
(p) The dealer shall commence betting interval 3 by burning a card and dealing one board card face up, commonly referred to as the Turn.
(q) Betting for interval 3 shall proceed as in 1604.3(o).
(r) The dealer shall commence betting interval 4 by burning a card and dealing one board card face up, commonly referred to as the River.
(s) Betting for interval 4 shall proceed as in 1604.3(o).
(t) Upon completion of four betting intervals:
(1) If only one player remains in the round of play, (i.e., all but one player has dropped), the player is not obligated to show their hand.
(2) If two or more players remain in the round of play:
(A) It shall be the obligation of the player who made the last bet to show their hand.
(B) If no player has placed a bet, it shall be the obligation of all players to show their hands.
(u) Any combination of a player's pocket cards and/or board cards may be used to construct a standard five card poker hand.
(v) The dealer shall:
(1) Declare the last remaining player the winner or determine the winning hand among the remaining players in accordance with the following ranking of poker combinations:
(A) Royal Flush is a hand containing an ace, king, queen, jack, and 10 of the same suit.
(B) Straight Flush is a hand containing five cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking. An ace may count high or low.
(C) "4 of a Kind" is a hand containing four cards of the same rank.
(D) "Full House" is a hand containing "3 of a Kind" and "1 Pair."
(E) "Flush" is a hand containing five cards of the same suit but not in consecutive ranking.
(F) "Straight" is a hand containing five cards of consecutive rank regardless of suit. An ace may count high or low.
(G) "3 of a Kind" is a hand containing three cards of the same rank.
(H) "2 Pair" is a hand containing two pairs.
(I) "1 Pair" is a hand containing two cards of the same rank.
(J) "High Card" is a hand that does not contain "1 Pair" or better.
(2) Resolve ties in the following manner:
(A) In the event of equal ranking poker combinations of "4 of a Kind," "3 of a Kind," "2 Pair," or "1 Pair," the high card not used in the poker combination shall break the tie.
(B) If a tie cannot be broken, the pot shall be split equally.
(3) Award the pot(s) to the player(s) with the winning hand.
(w) The dealer shall collect all cards and shuffle them prior to the next round of play.
(x) The dealer shall move the dealer button to the next player in a clockwise direction.
(y) If only two players remain in a round of play, and one player does not have enough chips to call the bet made by the other player, then the player with the fewest chips may move all-in and the player with the most chips shall remove enough chips from their bet to make it equal to the bet of the player moving all-in. The round of play will then continue with no further betting.
(z) If two or more players wish to bet more than the bet of another player moving all-in, the dealer shall establish a side pot.
(1) The player moving all-in is eligible to win only the main pot, consisting of the antes, blinds, all previous bets, the bet of the player moving all-in, and the bets of the other players matching the all-in bet.
(2) The players with chips remaining may continue placing bets into the side pot(s) and are eligible to win both the main pot and side pot(s).
(aa) A player is eliminated from the tournament when either of the following occurs:
(1) The player is unable to post the required ante or blind.
(2) The player has lost all of their chips.
(bb) No misdeal may be called after the first bet.
(cc) In the event of a misdeal, additional antes or blinds shall not be required.
(dd) Any dispute concerning Texas Hold'em shall be referred to the member-in-charge, or if the member-in-charge is unavailable, then the deputy member-in-charge.
1604.4 House rules for Texas Hold'em must be approved by the Agency.
1604.5 House rules for Texas Hold'em must be posted and made available to players.
1702.1 No person shall knowingly permit any person under the age of eighteen (18) years to participate as a player in a bingo game to purchase raffle tickets or participate in Monte Carlo Night parties in accordance with D.C. Official Code ß 3-1334
1703.1 No person shall aid or abet in conducting bingo, raffles, or Monte Carlo night parties except in accordance with D.C. Official Code ß 3-1332
1704.1 Pursuant to D.C. Official Code ß 3-1324, the Board may levy a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($ 1,000) for any violation of the rules governing the conduct of bingo, raffles or Monte Carlo night parties.
9900.1 When used in this chapter, the following terms and phrases shall have the meaning ascribed:
Act - the Law to Legalize Lottery Daily Numbers Games, and Bingo and Raffles For Charitable Purposes In The District Of Columbia (D.C. Law 3-172, as amended.) D.C. Official Code ßß 3-1301 et seq. and 22-1701 et seq.
Agent - any licensee of the Agency authorized to sell lottery tickets.
Agency - the independent agency of the government of the District of Columbia which operates under the authority and direction of the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board and under the direct administrative and management supervision of the Executive Director appointed in accordance with D.C. Code ß 2-2503 (1994 Repl. Vol.).
Ante - A term used in a Texas Hold'em game, a small forced bet required of all players before each hand.
All-In - when a player bets all their chips in a Monte Carlo Night Party game.
Bet - shall have the common meaning ascribed to it and shall be synonymous with wager.
Betting Interval - in Monte Carlo Night Party games, the period of play when each player has an opportunity to bet, check, raise, call, or drop.
Big Blind - a term used in a Texas Hold'em game for the mandatory bet (typically twice the amount of the small blind) placed by the player to the left of the small blind position before any cards are dealt.
Bingo games - the form of gambling established pursuant to the Act which have the characteristics prescribed in the Act and the Agency's rules.
Bingo operation - a single gathering or session at which a series of successive bingo games is played.
Bingo supplies and equipment - all cards, boards, sheets, marker, pads or other supplies, devices, or equipment designed for use in the play of bingo.
Board - the District of Columbia Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board appointed under D.C. Code ß 2-2501 (1994 Repl. Vol.).
Board Cards - a term used in a Texas Hold'em game for the community cards dealt face up in the middle of the table that may be used by all players in constructing a standard five-card poker hand.
Burn - a term used in Monte Carlo Night Party games, to discard the top card from the deck face down.
Call - a term used in a Texas Hold'em card game when a player places enough chips into the pot to make their contribution equal to the contribution of any other player, but no greater.
Caller - the person drawing and audibly calling the bingo numbers to the players.
Central Computer System - the computer system which tracks, controls and operates the games and records all on-line transactions and validates tickets.
Check - in a Texas Hold'em card game when a player remains in the round of play but does not wish to place a bet, provided no previous player has made a bet during that betting interval.
Checker -the person working on the floor of a bingo operation to verify the bingo operations by announcing the claimed winning numbers to all players.
Claim Center - any place other than a licensed agent location designated by the Executive Director where one may claim a lottery prize.
Daily numbers game(s) - a traditional numbers game or variation thereon which is drawn daily, including but not limited to, two-numbers, three-digit and four-digit numbers games operated and conducted by the Agency pursuant to the Act.
Dealer Button - in a Texas Hold'em card game, an object used to designate the player in the dealer position if that player were actually dealing the cards.
Director - the Executive Director of the Agency or his or her designee.
District - the territorial area known as the District of Columbia or the municipal government of the District of Columbia, as the context may require.
Draw break - the period of time shortly before the game drawing, during which the central computer system is taken down in preparation for the drawing, and in which wagers are not accepted by the system.
Drawing event - drawing for a given pool of wagers.
Drop - a term used in a Texas Hold'em card game, also known as fold, means a player discards their hand and no longer participates in the round of play.
Executive Director - the Executive Director of the Agency or his or her designee.
Extra regular card - a nondisposable card which affords additional opportunities to play in a regular bingo game to be played at a bingo operation.
Federal Enclave - the National Capitol Service Area as defined by Title VII, ß 739 (a) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act (Approved, Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198).
Fee - an amount paid to the Agency for a license, bond or other administrative costs by any person conducting gaming pursuant to the Act.
Floor - the area used by bingo players during a bingo event.
Game board - sometimes referred to as "grid," the area of the selection slip that contains all the possible numbers which may be played. Each grid is identified by a letter, for example, A, B, C, D or E. Game boards may also appear on tickets.
Gross receipts - the total receipts from any charitable gaming event.
Handle - the gross receipts from the sale of all bingo cards including regular, extra regular, special and multihall bingo cards.
Hand- a term used in a Texas Hold'em card game for any combination of two pocket cards and/or five board cards which are used to create a standard five card poker hand.
Hi/Lo- a variation of Texas Hold'em in which the highest and lowest poker hands split the pot (prohibited, see ß 1603.29).
Instant game - a game in which tickets have a concealed prize structure printed on the ticket, and winners are determined when the player removes a covering material on the ticket which conceals the prize structure to determine winning tickets.
Instant tickets - sometimes referred to as a scratch tickets, are tickets for an instant game.
Insurance pool - an additional pool which players may enter by paying an additional sum of money with the purchase of a game ticket.
KENO - the game described in sections 925-930. "KENO" is synonymous with "Keno", and with "DC KENO", "D.C. KENO", "D.C. Keno" or "DC Keno", which are used in game instructions, play brochures, agent bulletins, point of sale materials and various media to explain and promote the game, and which are trademarks of the District of Columbia.
KENO Exchange Ticket - a terminal generated ticket to replace a consecutive KENO Ticket that is validated before the last game on the KENO Ticket.
KENO Game Play - the number or group of numbers that a player selects for each KENO drawing.
KENO Ticket - a terminal generated ticket for a KENO Game Play.
License - a permit issued by the Board authorizing a person to sell lottery tickets as an agent or to conduct charitable gaming in the District.
Licensed organization - any person, firm, partnership, association, organization, corporation, or other entity authorized by the Act and this title to conduct charitable gaming.
Licensed supplier - a supplier of charitable gaming equipment licensed by the Board.
Limited period bingo - the operation of bingo for a period of not more than seven (7) consecutive days at a festival, bazaar, picnic, carnival, or similar special functions.
Lot-Line - automated voice response system operated by the Agency which provides winning numbers information for the convenience of the public.
Lottery - any game or device in which proceeds from the sale of tickets or chances are allotted as prizes to ticket purchasers or chance takers by a method in which chance is the dominant factor but in which the exact method adopted for the application of chance to the distribution of prizes is immaterial.
Lottery property - synonymous with agency property, the agent's license, identification card, lottery decal, equipment including terminals belonging to the Agency, promotional materials, all money belonging to the Agency, claimed tickets, and all tickets held by the agent which are unsold and eligible for return to the Agency.
Lottery ticket - any instant or on-line ticket issued by the Agency for sale to the public.
Minimum Sales Standard - The minimum amount of lottery games sales that each agent must sell in a fiscal year.
Misregistered - a defective ticket on which the colors are separated distinctly or the void if removed numbers are not in the assigned area.
Monte Carlo Night Party - a licensed charitable gaming event to raise funds for charitable purposes at which games of chance customarily associated with a gambling casino are played and participants wager with imitation money to purchase prizes at the end of the event in accordance with D.C. Official Code ß 3-1322.01 (2001).
Multihall bingo game - a lawful bingo game played simultaneously at two (2) or more premises within or outside the District, in which a portion of the bingo sales revenue of the participating bingo operations are combined to form a combined prize fund, where the bingo players at each participating bingo operation have a chance to win one(1) or more prizes paid out of the combined prize fund, and the bingo numbers drawing is held at a single location and is clearly audible or visible to the players at each participating bingo premises.
Net proceeds - the gross receipts collected from any charitable gaming event, less reasonable sums necessarily and actually expended for supplies and equipment, prizes, license fees, and expenses ordinarily incidental to the conduct of charitable gaming.
Old Georgetown District - an area defined by D.C. Code ß 5-1101 (1994 Repl. Vol.).
On-line Game Ticket - a computer generated lottery ticket issued by an on-line terminal as proof and receipt for a wager.
On-Line-Raffle Game - is a lottery game where a player purchases a raffle ticket generated by the on-line gaming system and are sold in limited quantities, for a specified limited time.
On-Line-Raffle Ticket - a computer generated ticket issued by the on-line terminal as proof and receipt for a wager in the On-Line Raffle Game.
Person - any individual, association, partnership, corporation, club, trust, estate, society, company, joint stock company, receiver, trustee, assignee, referee, or any person acting in a fiduciary or representative capacity, whether appointed by a court or otherwise, and any combination of individuals.
Pocket Cards - a term used in a Texas Hold'em card game for the two cards dealt face down to each player that can only be used by that player in constructing a standard five-card poker hand.
Pool - sum of wagers collected and from which prizes are allocated.
Premises - any area in which a charitable gaming event or lottery is being conducted.
Quick Pick - numbers selected by the central computers system.
Raffle - a lottery, other than that operated by the District, that is conducted pursuant to the Act, in which a prize is won by at least one of numerous persons buying tickets. The winning ticket or tickets are to be chosen by a random draw.
Raffle ticket - a coupon sold by the licensed organization offering a chance in a raffle drawing.
Raise - a term used in a Monte Carlo Night Party card game when a player places enough chips in the pot to call, plus one or more chips.
Re-buy - a term used in a Texas Hold'em card game for the fee paid by an eliminated player to reenter the tournament (prohibited, see ß 1603.30).
Regular bingo card - a nondisposable card issued to a person upon payment of the admission fee which gives a person the opportunity to participate in all regular games played at a bingo operation.
Regular bingo game - a bingo game in which a person, upon payment of an admission, is issued a regular bingo card and may purchase or rent extra regular cards.
Round of Play - a term used in a Texas Hold'em card game for the period of play commencing with the first card dealt by the dealer and concluding with the awarding of the pot.
Selection slip - a card or slip used to assist a player in placing a wager.
Shipstead -Luce Boundaries - the boundaries outlined in D.C. Code ß 5-410 (1994 Repl. Vol.).
Side Pot - a term used in a Texas Hold'em card game for a new pot established by the dealer after a player has gone all-in, and additional bets have been placed.
Small Blind - a term used in a Texas Hold'em card game for a mandatory bet (typically half the amount of the big blind) placed by the player immediately to the left of the dealer button before any cards are dealt.
Special bingo card - any bingo game which is not a regular bingo game and which is played with special bingo cards.
Spot - a set of numbers, from one (1) to ten (10), that a player may select for a KENO Game Play. Each set of numbers is a single Spot.
Texas Hold'em - a card game played at licensed Monte Carlo Night parties, authorized and played pursuant to the rules found at Tile 30 of the DCMR.
Value - the retail value of the prize determined at the time of application for a license to operate a bingo game or to conduct a raffle.
Wild Card - a term used in a Texas Hold'em card game for a card that may serve as any other suit or value in making a poker hand (prohibited, see ß 1603.28).
Winning ticket - a winning ticket is a game ticket which can be validated and which contains numbers or symbols representing the numbers or symbols selected in the drawing for that game.
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