Chapter 10.36


10.36.005    Adoption by reference.

10.36.010    Definitions.

10.36.020    Gambling prohibited.

10.36.005 Adoption by reference.

The following provisions of the Revised Code of Washington as presently constituted or hereinafter amended are adopted by reference:


9.46.185    Causing a person to violate rule or regulation.

9.46.190    Deceptive or fraudulent act.

9.46.195    Obstruction of a public servant.

9.46.196    Cheating.

9.46.1962    Cheating in the second degree.

9.46.198    Working in gambling activity without license.

9.46.217    Gambling records.

9.46.222    Professional gambling in the third degree.

9.46.240    Gambling information, transmitting or receiving.

[Ord. 2005-04-037; Ord. 10912 § 15, 1997].

10.36.010 Definitions.

“Commission,” as used in this chapter, means the Washington State Gambling Commission created in RCW 9.46.040.

“Gambling,” as used in this chapter, means staking or risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under the person’s control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that the person or someone else will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome. Gambling does not include fishing derbies as defined by this chapter, parimutuel betting as authorized by Chapter 67.16 RCW, bona fide business transactions valid under the law of contracts, including, but not limited to, contracts for the purchase or sale at a future date of securities or commodities, and agreements to compensate for loss caused by the happening of chance, including, but not limited to, contracts of indemnity or guarantee and life, health, or accident insurance. In addition, a contest of chance which is specifically excluded from the definition of lottery under Chapter 9.46 RCW shall not constitute gambling.

“Player,” as used in this chapter, means a natural person who engages, on equal terms with the other participants, and solely as a contestant or bettor, in any form of gambling in which no person may receive or become entitled to receive any profit therefrom other than personal gambling winnings, and without otherwise rendering any material assistance to the establishment, conduct or operation of a particular gambling activity. A natural person who gambles at a social game of chance on equal terms with the other participants shall not be considered as rendering material assistance to the establishment, conduct or operation of the social game merely by performing, without fee or remuneration, acts directed toward the arrangement or facilitation of the game, such as inviting persons to play, permitting the use of premises for the game, or supplying cards or other equipment to be used in the games. A person who engages in “bookmaking” as defined in Chapter 9.46 RCW is not a “player.” A person who pays a fee or “vigorish” enabling him or her to place a wager with a bookmaker, or pays a fee to participate in a card game, contest of chance, lottery, or gambling activity, is not a player. [Ord. 10912 § 15, 1997].

10.36.020 Gambling prohibited.

Except as authorized by or pursuant to Chapter 9.46 RCW, as amended, it is unlawful for any person or persons to play at, wager anything of value upon, or in any manner take part in or carry on, or cause to be opened, or to conduct, set up, keep or exhibit any gaming table or game whatever for the purpose of gambling, or any game of chance for the winning or securing of money by chance, played with cards, dice or any device of whatever kind or nature, whether or not of the kind or character herein mentioned, for money, checks, credits or any representative of value whatever, or to have in his possession to be used for the purpose of gambling or winning money by chance, any gaming device whatever; provided, that nothing in this section shall apply to any game or gambling activity in which all of the participants are players as defined in this section, and which is conducted or played in the dwelling or other place of residence of one of the players. [Ord. 10912 § 15, 1997].