§ 1527 Definitions.
As used in this chapter, "charitable gaming" means any game or scheme operated by an organization which has been in existence 2 years or longer in which chance is the dominant factor in the game, a consideration is paid to play and a prize may be won, excluding slot machines, roulette, craps or baccarat games.
28 Del. C. 1953, § 1102; 51 Del. Laws, c. 65, § 1; 64 Del. Laws, c. 100, §§ 2, 3, 6; 65 Del. Laws, c. 180, § 1; 67 Del. Laws, c. 16, §§ 1, 2, 8; 78 Del. Laws, c. 102, §§ 1-3; 79 Del. Laws, c. 199, § 4.;
§ 1528 Poker games.
The Board of Charitable Gaming shall promulgate rules and regulations concerning the game of poker; provided, however, a licensed organization shall not be prohibited from utilizing monitors and/or engaging the use of dealers at any poker game.
§ 1529 Third-party vendors; charitable gaming vendors.
(a) The Board of Charitable Gaming shall have the authority to regulate and license third-party or charitable gaming vendors. The Board shall mandate in its regulations that all officers of third-party or charitable gaming vendors shall be required to have criminal background checks as a requirement for licensure/permitting.
(b) Sponsoring organizations shall be allowed to use third-party or charitable gaming vendors to supply equipment and workers for charitable gambling events permitted under this chapter. Sponsoring organizations shall contract with the third-party or charitable gaming vendors on terms agreed to by the parties. However, no third-party or charitable gaming vendor shall receive compensation based on a percentage of funds received by the sponsoring organization as a result of the event.
(c) Officers of third-party or charitable gaming vendors shall complete an application prepared by the Board or by the Division of Professional Regulation seeking a license to operate as a third-party or charitable gaming vendor. The license applicant will contact the State Bureau of Identification to make arrangements for fingerprint processing. An applicant must complete a fingerprint card and form with the necessary personal information and sign an authorization for release of information form to release criminal history to the Division of Professional Regulation and the Delaware Board of Charitable Gaming. At the time of processing, the applicant must show proof of official identification to complete the criminal history request. A fee is required to be paid for state and federal processing of fingerprint cards and criminal history records. The fee is set by the State Bureau of Identification, and the applicant is to make that payment directly to that agency. Certified copies of the criminal history record will be forwarded to the Division of Professional Regulation. A report of the applicant's entire federal criminal history record pursuant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation appropriation of Title II of Public Law 92-544 (28 U.S.C. § 534, note) must be produced. The State Bureau of Identification shall act as the intermediary for the receipt of the federal criminal history record checks performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The State Bureau of Identification shall forward the results of these federal record checks to the attention of the Division of Professional Regulation, along with the results of a report of the individual's entire criminal history record from the State Bureau of Identification or a statement from the State Bureau of Identification that the State Bureau of Identification Central Repository contains no such information relating to that person, in a confidential manner. The Division of Professional Regulation will provide that individual applicant with a copy of the criminal history records. The applicant shall have the opportunity to respond to the Division of Professional Regulation regarding any information obtained prior to a determination of suitability for licensure. Such a response shall be made within 10 days of the person's receipt of the criminal background information from the Division of Professional Regulation.
(d) Investigators assigned to the Division of Professional Regulation will conduct an investigation to determine the suitability of the applicant and provide a recommendation to the Board regarding the suitability of the third-party or charitable gaming vendor for licensing. The costs of the investigation shall be borne by the officers of the third-party or charitable gaming vendors.
(e) The third-party vendor or charitable gaming vendor must demonstrate proof that it possesses a valid business license issued by the State of Delaware.
§ 1530 Limit on gaming.
(a) In charitable gaming, there shall be no limit on the amount a person may bet and no limit on the amount a person may win, except that no person may lose more than $150 in a single day.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, in a members-only game, no prize may be offered or given in excess of the sum of $500 in any single game. Only a member who furnishes proof of membership in the organization or parent organization sponsoring the game may participate in a members-only game.
§ 1531 Game rules.
(a) Any permitted or licensed game sponsoring organization or organizations shall have discretionary authority to promulgate rules and regulations on the eligibility of persons permitted to participate in the game or games; provided, however, they have been approved by the Board, and further provided, that if approved by the Board, such rules and regulations shall be conspicuously displayed at the main entrance where all patrons can observe same.
(b) The Board may make reasonable rules and regulations with respect to the size of bets and prizes with respect to the conduct of games.
§ 1532 Alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholic beverages shall be allowed to be sold and/or distributed at a charitable gaming event pursuant to the Liquor Control Act [Title 4].