Chapter 20.60


20.60.010    Purpose.

20.60.020    Definitions.

20.60.030    Issuing authority.

20.60.040    Application.

20.60.050    Regulations.

20.60.010 Purpose.

It is unlawful for any person to commence, conduct, manage, participate in or sponsor a casino party unless such person is a member of a tax exempt organization acting on behalf of such tax exempt organization and such organization has first obtained an operations permit: casino party. (Ord. 1730)

20.60.020 Definitions.

A. “Casino party” shall mean any event at which the public is permitted or invited to play games of chance as are listed in Section 330 of the California Penal Code and which are played for neither money, an item representing value, or any other consideration.

B. “Chips” or “script” shall mean simulated paper currency or tokens having no face value.

C. “Gaming equipment supplier” shall mean any person or entity engaged in the business of leasing, renting, operating or otherwise providing specialized gaming tables, devices, equipment or supplies used in the activities regulated by this chapter.

D. “Supplier employee” shall mean any person who is present during the period of operation of a casino party and who is compensated for said presence by a gaming equipment supplier.

E. “Tax exempt organization” shall mean any organization exempted from the payment of the bank and corporation tax by provisions of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

20.60.030 Issuing authority.

The Director of Police Services is authorized to issue operations permit: casino party.

20.60.040 Application.

The application shall be filed no later than 30 days prior to the proposed date of the casino party.

20.60.050 Regulations.

A. Any police officer shall have free access to any casino party permitted by this chapter. The permittee shall have the casino party permit and a list of approved volunteers of the tax exempt organization and supplier employees who will operate the casino party available for inspection at all times during the event.

B. A casino party shall only be held at a fixed location easily accessible for inspection by the City.

C. No minor shall be allowed to participate in any casino party.

D. No casino party shall be conducted between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

E. All casino parties shall be open to the public free of charge and no advance reservation shall be required for attendance.

F. All chips or script must be dispensed free of charge. It shall be unlawful for there to be any correlation between the amount of the chips or script dispensed and the amount of money donated by a prospective participant.

G. No cash or check may be used or displayed at any gaming table or device.

H. No chips or script may be redeemed for cash. Chips or script won an any of the games prohibited by California Penal Code Section 330 may not be exchanged for money or any item representing value which includes drawing or lottery tickets for prizes or merchandise. All prizes or merchandise must be awarded by means of a raffle or similar lottery. No single prize shall exceed $2,500 in fair market value, and the total fair market value of prizes awarded at any one casino party shall not exceed $5,000, and no cash prize shall be awarded.

I. All advertisements relating to a casino party shall indicate that no purchase or donation is necessary to participate and that the event is open to the general public.

J. The casino managers and all cashiers, volunteers, supervisors, persons assigned to operate any gaming tables and persons who participate in the promotion of any game during the operation of the casino party, must wear on his or her outside clothing, in plain view, at chest height, an identification insignia or badge specifying the full name and affiliation of such person.