2017 New Hampshire Revised Statutes
Title LXII - CRIMINAL CODE
Chapter 647 - GAMBLING OFFENSES
Section 647:2 - Gambling.
I. A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if such person knowingly and unlawfully:
(a) Permits gambling in any place under the person's control.
(b) Gambles, or loans money or any thing of value for the purpose of aiding another to gamble.
(c) Possesses a gambling machine.
I-a. (a) A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if such person conducts, finances, manages, supervises, directs, or owns all or part of a business and such person knowingly and unlawfully permits gambling on the premises of the business.
(b) A person is guilty of a class B felony if such person conducts, finances, manages, supervises, directs, or owns all or part of a business and such person knowingly and unlawfully conducts, finances, manages, supervises, or directs any gambling activity on the business premises which does any of the following:
(1) Has had gross revenue of $2,000 in any single day.
(2) Has been or remains in substantially continuous operation for a period in excess of 10 days.
(3) Accepts wagers exceeding $5,000 during any 30 day period on future contingent events.
I-b. A person is guilty of a class B felony if a person knowingly and unlawfully promotes gambling on a gambling machine. If the offense continues over consecutive days, the person shall be charged with a single continuing offense. Notwithstanding RSA 651:2, IV, any person convicted under this paragraph shall be fined not less than $5,000 per day for each gambling machine used or intended for use.
II. For purposes of this section:
(a) "Antique gambling machine'' means any device or equipment at least 25 years old which is in the possession of a collector and which is not maintained or operated for gambling purposes.
(b) "Collector'' means a person who for nostalgic reasons, monetary investment, or personal interest acquires antique gambling machines as defined in subparagraph (a) for personal display or retention.
(c) "Family entertainment center'' means a place of business having at least 50 games or devices designed and manufactured only for bona fide amusement purposes on premises which are operated for the entertainment of the general public and tourists as a bona fide entertainment facility and not having more than 15 percent of the total games or machines being redemption slot machines or redemption poker machines.
(d) "Gambling'' means to risk something of value upon a future contingent event not under one's control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that something of value will be received in the event of a certain outcome. For the purposes of this subparagraph, the phrase "something of value'' shall include a sweepstakes ticket or other item obtained in conjunction with the purchase of goods or services that entitles the holder to a share or chance in a sweepstakes where, but for the opportunity to enter the sweepstakes, the value of purchased goods or services is insufficient to justify the purchase or the inducement to purchase the goods or services is the opportunity to play on a gambling machine.
(e) "Gambling machine'' means any device or equipment which is capable of being used to play sweepstakes or games of chance and which discharges money, or anything that may be exchanged for money, cash equivalent, debit card, merchandise credit card, or opportunities to enter sweepstakes or play games of chance, or displays any symbol entitling a person to receive such a prize.
(f) "Redemption slot machine'' or "redemption poker machine'' means any device or equipment which operates by means of the insertion of a coin or token and which may entitle the person playing or operating the game or machine the opportunity of additional chances or free plays or to receive points or coupons which may be exchanged for merchandise only, excluding alcoholic beverages, money, cash equivalent, debit card, merchandise credit card, or opportunities to enter sweepstakes or play games of chance, provided the value for such points or coupons does not exceed 2- 1/2 cents for each credit on the game or machine.
(g) "Unlawfully'' means not specifically authorized by law or not solely for amusement, without stake or possibility of gain or loss.
(h) "Sweepstakes'' means any game, advertising scheme or plan, or other promotion which, with or without payment of any consideration, a person may enter to win or become eligible to receive any prize, the determination of which is based upon chance. For purposes of this chapter, the term includes only those sweepstakes that an entrant can enter, play or otherwise interact with using a gambling machine furnished by the sweepstakes operator or an affiliate or person under contract with the operator, in an establishment controlled by, affiliated with, or contracting with the operator.
III. All implements, equipment, and apparatus used in violation of this section shall be forfeited.
IV. An antique gambling machine in the possession of a collector and which is not maintained or operated for gambling purposes shall not be subject to the provisions of this section.
V. This section shall not apply to:
(a) Dispenser devices approved by the lottery commission which are located at the regular meeting place of, or at a facility owned, leased, or utilized by, a charitable organization licensed under RSA 287-E:20.
(b) A family entertainment center having redemption slot machines or redemption poker machines.
(c) Cruise ships which are equipped with gambling machines whose primary purpose is touring. Any such cruise ship shall be allowed to temporarily enter New Hampshire coastal waters and ports for up to 48 hours, provided that all gambling machines on board are not in use or capable of being used while in New Hampshire coastal waters and ports. For the purposes of this paragraph "cruise ship'' means any vessel which is capable of providing overnight accommodations for 500 or more people.
(d) The conduct of fantasy sports contests. For purposes of this section, the term "fantasy sports contest'' means a fantasy or simulated game or contest, with or without an entry fee, in which one or more players compete against each other and winning outcomes reflect the relative knowledge and skill of the players and are determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of the performance of individuals, including athletes in the case of sporting events.
(e) A poker game held in a private residence so long as the house takes no compensation from the prize pool, no admission fee or seat fee is charged, no one receives any money or anything of value for conducting the game, for allowing the use of his or her residence for the game, or for any other reason except his or her own winnings as a player, the game's odds do not favor a "house'' or any player, there is no house bank, the game is limited to no more than 10 players, and the game is not advertised to the public.
VI. Any violation of this chapter may be enjoined by the superior court, upon petition of the attorney general, county attorney, or the police chief within the jurisdiction in which the violation is alleged to have occurred.
Source. 1971, 518:1. 1978, 23:1, 2. 1985, 124:1. 1987, 114:2. 1995, 75:3; 300:1. 1999, 277:1. 2004, 97:8; 257:14. 2008, 25:1. 2012, 256:7-10. 2014, 329:2. 2015, 276:127, eff. July 1, 2015. 2017, 233:1, eff. Sept. 16, 2017; 247:1, eff. July 18, 2017.