2010 Maryland Code
CRIMINAL LAW
TITLE 12 - GAMING - STATEWIDE PROVISIONS
Subtitle 1 - General Provisions
Section 12-101 - Definitions.

§ 12-101. Definitions.
 

(a)  In general.- In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated. 
   
Revisor's Note.

This subsection is new language derived without substantive change from former Art. 27, § 261E(a)(1). 
 

The reference to this "subtitle" is substituted for the former reference to this "section", which referred only to Art. 27, § 261E. Although this subtitle is derived, in part, from provisions outside of former Art. 27, § 261E, substituting the reference to this "subtitle" does not constitute a substantive change because the terms used in the newly covered sections are used as defined in this section. 

(b)  Candidate.- "Candidate" has the meaning stated in § 1-101 of the Election Law Article. 
   
Special Revisor's Note.

This section is new language added for clarity and consistency with usage in Article 33 of the Code. However, Ch. 213, § 7, Acts of 2002, substituted the reference to '§ 1-101 of the Election Law Article' for the reference to 'Article 33, § 1-101 of the Code' enacted by Ch. 26.  Chapter 213, § 8, provided that § 7 would take effect January 1, 2003, to reflect the delayed effective date of the Election Law Article enacted by Ch. 291, Acts of 2002. 

(c)  Credit.-  

(1) "Credit" means payment by a credit card or promissory note. 

(2) "Credit" includes selling or pledging personal property in exchange for cash or tokens. 
   
Revisor's Note.

This subsection is new language derived without substantive change from former Art. 27, § 261E(a)(2). 

(d)  Gaming device.-  

(1) "Gaming device" means: 

(i) a gaming table, except a billiard table, at which a game of chance is played for money or any other thing or consideration of value; or 

(ii) a game or device at which money or any other thing or consideration of value is bet, wagered, or gambled. 

(2) "Gaming device" includes a paddle wheel, wheel of fortune, chance book, and bingo. 
   
Revisor's Note.

This subsection is new language derived without substantive change from former Art. 27, §§ 238, 244, and 261E(a)(3). 
 

In the introductory language of paragraph (1) of this subsection, the term "[g]aming device" is substituted for the former term "gaming table" in light of former Art. 27, § 244, which deemed a gaming table to be "[a]ll games, devices and contrivances at which money or any other thing shall be bet or wagered . . .". 
 

In paragraph (1)(i) and (ii) of this subsection, the reference to "consideration of value" is added for consistency with § 12-102 of this subtitle. 
 

In paragraph (1)(i) of this subsection, the word "table" is substituted for the former specific references to a "faro table, E. O. table, equality, or any other kind of gaming table" for brevity and in light of the comprehensive reference to any table "at which a game of chance is played". 
 

In paragraph (1)(ii) of this subsection, the former reference to "contrivances" is deleted in light of the references to a "game" and a "device". 
 

Also in paragraph (1)(ii) of this subsection, the word "gambled" is added for consistency with § 12-102 of this subtitle. 
 

Also in paragraph (1)(ii) of this subsection, the former reference to a gaming table "within the meaning of §§ 237, 238, 239, 241 and 242" is deleted in light of subsection (a) of this section. 
 

Also in paragraph (1)(ii) of this subsection, the former specific reference to a "paddle wheel, wheel of fortune, chance book, [or] bingo" is deleted as included in the comprehensive reference to a "game or device at which money or any other thing or consideration of value is bet, wagered, or gambled". 

(e)  Gaming event.- "Gaming event" means: 

(1) a bingo game; 

(2) a carnival; 

(3) a bazaar; 

(4) a raffle; 

(5) a benefit performance; or 

(6) any other event at which a gaming device is operated. 
   
Revisor's Note.

This subsection is new language derived without substantive change from former Art. 27, § 261E(a)(4). 

(f)  Organization.- "Organization" includes: 

(1) a fraternal, religious, civic, patriotic, educational, or charitable organization; 

(2) a volunteer fire company, rescue squad, or auxiliary unit; 

(3) a veterans' organization or club; 

(4) a bona fide nonprofit organization that is raising money for an exclusively charitable, athletic, or educational purpose; or 

(5) any organization that is authorized to conduct a gaming event under Subtitle 1 or 2 of this title or Title 13 of this article. 
   
Revisor's Note.

This subsection is new language derived without substantive change from former Art. 27, § 261E(a)(5). 
 

In item (1) of this subsection, the former reference to a "corporation" is deleted as included in the reference to an "organization" for consistency within this article. 
 

In item (5) of this subsection, the reference to "Subtitle 1 or 2 or Title 13 of this article" is substituted for the former erroneous reference to "this subtitle" to reflect the reorganization of material derived from the former "Gaming" subheading of Article 27. 

(g)  Political committee.- "Political committee" has the meaning stated in § 1-101 of the Election Law Article. 
   
Special Revisor's Note.

This subsection is new language derived without substantive change from former Art. 27, § 261D(a), as it related to political committees. However, Ch. 213, § 7, Acts of 2002, substituted the reference to '§ 1-101 of the Election Law Article' for the reference to 'Article 33, § 1-101 of the Code' enacted by Ch. 26.  Chapter 213, § 8, provided that § 7 would take effect January 1, 2003, to reflect the delayed effective date of the Election Law Article enacted by Ch. 291, Acts of 2002. 
   
Revisor's Note.

In this subsection, the former reference to a "bona fide" political committee is deleted as surplusage. 

(h)  Token.- "Token" means a poker chip, bingo chip, or other device commonly used instead of money in the playing of a gaming device. 
   
Revisor's Note.

This subsection is new language derived without substantive change from former Art. 27, § 261E(a)(6). 
 

In this section, the term "money" is substituted for the former term "cash" for consistency with § 12-102 of this subtitle. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 27, §§ 238, 244, 261D(a), 261E(a); 2002, ch. 26, § 2; ch. 213, § 7.] 
 

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