HB459 (2013) Detail

Relative to poker games and charitable gaming.






AN ACT relative to poker games and charitable gaming.

SPONSORS: Rep. Lambert, Hills 44

COMMITTEE: Ways and Means


This bill:

I. Raises the limit on single wagers.

II. Allows the offering of pay-by-the-hour charitable games.

III. Allows the playing of home poker games.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Thirteen

AN ACT relative to poker games and charitable gaming.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Wagering; Single Player. Amend RSA 287-D:3, V to read as follows:

V. No single wager by a player, on any game of chance, shall exceed the amount of [$4] $6, except table games established as “table stakes poker,” at which a player may bet no more money than he or she had on the table at the beginning of that hand. In such games, a player shall not take a portion of his or her money off the table, unless he or she leaves the game and takes all of his or her chips out of play. Buy-in limits for table games established as table stakes poker shall be the same as the limits set in RSA 287-D:2-b, XI.

2 Table Stakes Poker; Charges. RSA 287-D:3, IX is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

IX. In games established as table stakes poker in paragraph V where chips have monetary value, the house may opt to rake each hand or to charge players for time seated at the table by the hour or fraction thereof.

3 New Subparagraph; Poker in Private Residences. Amend RSA 647:2, V by inserting after subparagraph (c) the following new subparagraph:

(d) Poker games held in a private residence so long as the house takes no rake or compensation from the prize pool. The house in a poker game held in a private residence may take a fee from the players for dealing.

4 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.


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Bill Text Revisions

HB459 Revision: 24558 Date: Jan. 22, 2013, midnight