Gambling Operations: BINGO–Part 2

This is Part 2 in a five-part series dedicated to gambling operations in Florida.

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the broad definition and scope of the gambling statute in Florida.  But there is good news, BINGO is allowed…under certain conditions, that is.

BINGO Statute

The Bingo statute can be found at 849.0931.  The Bingo exception was written into law in 1992 and was last modified in 2007.

Interesting Parts of the BINGO Law

Bingo is not the most complicated game in the world.  There’s the number cards, the bingo balls, and a person calling out B-14.  Since the game is fairly simple, you’d think the statute would be pretty simple too, right?  W-R-O-N-G!  The Bingo statute goes into painstaking detail over the rules.  It is important to follow these rules, as failure to do so may result in an illegal Bingo game.  Here’s a few highlights from the statute that show the level of detail in the Bingo law.

1.  The statute actually defines terms such as: bingo game, bingo card, deal, flare, instant bingo, objects, rack, receptacle, and session.

2.  Did you know that no one under the age of 18 is allowed to play any bingo game or instant bingo game? (849.0931 (10)(a))

3.  Except for instant bingo, the number of days per week during which organizations authorized under this law may conduct Bingo is two. (849.0931 (6)).

4.  Except for instant bingo prizes, which are limited to the amounts displayed on the ticket or on the game flare, there shall be no more than three jackpots on any one day of play.  All other game prizes shall not exceed $50. (849.0931 (7)).

5.  Upon determining a winner, the caller shall ask,  “Are there any other winners?”  If no one replies, the caller shall declare the game closed.  No other player is entitled to share the prize unless she or he has declared a bingo prior to this announcement. (849.0931 (12)(h)).

6.  A violation of the bingo law is a first degree misdemeanor.  For a second offense, the crime becomes a third degree felony.

So there you have it, all you ever wanted to know about Bingo!  Now go out and play…and WIN!

(Disclaimer: This post does not constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.)

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