How to report illegal gambling

Criminal Laws

Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Agents are directly responsible for enforcing criminal laws pertaining to alcohol, controlled substances, tobacco, lottery, bingo and gambling. North Carolina General Statutes pertaining to specific areas of criminal law may be found on the North Carolina General Assembly website.

Administrative Rules and Regulations

In addition to criminal laws, businesses who sell alcoholic beverages under a permit from the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) or tickets under the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) are subject to administrative rules that regulate those products and the locations at which those products are sold. Violation of criminal laws is a matter presided over by the criminal courts, whereas violations of administrative rules may result in actions such as fines, penalties, suspensions or revocations against a business that holds a permit issued by the regulating agency.


ALE Special Agents are authorized to enforce the state’s gambling laws. Gambling comes in many forms, such as illegal lotteries, Monte Carlo nights, racing pools, and video poker.

North Carolina law states that it is illegal for any person or organization to operate a game of chance or to play or bet on any game of chance that involves winning money, property or anything of value. Violators shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. GS 14-292.

Slot Machines

It is illegal to operate any slot machine or device where the user may become entitled to receive any money, credit, allowance, or any thing of value. A slot machine is a device where players insert coins, slugs, or tokens and the game of chance may result in winning money or something of value.

It is also illegal to manufacture, own, store, keep, possess, sell, rent, lease, let on shares, lend or give away, transport or to permit the operation of, any slot machine. It is also illegal to allow slot machines to be stored on one’s property for use.

Video Poker

As of July 1, 2007, Video Poker and Video Gaming Machines (VGMs) became illegal in North Carolina.

Video Gaming Machines are defined as video poker games, video playing card games, video bingo games, video craps games, video keno games, video lotto games, eight liner games, Pot-Of-Gold games, and any video game based on or involving the random or chance matching of different pictures, words, numbers, or symbols not dependent on the skill or dexterity of the player. Video Gaming Machines require payment to activate play.

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There is a link in paypals acceptable use policy to report violations of that policy.

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You must have clicked on a different link than i did then.

And its for ALL violations not just gambling.

Illegal gambling activity, cardroom activities, background checks, game rules, and self-exclusion at cardrooms

Bureau of Gambling Control
P.O. Box 168024
Sacramento, CA 95816-8024
(916) 830-1700 – For Complaints: select option 4, Compliance and Enforcement Section.

Gambling and other activities at Tribal casinos

Contact should be made directly to the Tribe operating the casino or to the individual Tribal Gaming Commission. (Tribes are under a sovereign nation status and have their own regulatory system.)

Bingo or Remote Caller Bingo games

Contact the local jurisdiction (City or County Government) where the bingo games are held. Traditional Bingo is regulated locally – not by the State.

Remote Caller Bingo licensing, applications or approval of card minding device questions should be directed to the Bureau of Gambling Control.


Horse Racing

The California Horse Racing Board regulates pari-mutuel wagering, racing, breeding, and track standards in the State

Problem gambling help

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Approval of licenses, work permits, determinations of suitability, other approvals and distributions from the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund (RSTF) to eligible tribes

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California Penal Code Section 330

It is illegal to be a dealer in a game that is not sanctioned for gambling. The illegality comes in when someone is collecting money as people gamble similar to how Vegas does it and the various other casinos even throughout Los Angeles County.

Obviously, the more people involved, the more money involved, the more likely the authorities will find out about it and actually do something about it. They will prosecute the person pursuant to Penal Code Section 330 and that person can be looking at up to six months in the County jail.

How to report illegal gamblingWhen it comes to illegal gambling and the prosecutors and police enforcing illegal gambling in Los Angeles County by way of Penal Code Section 330, they’re not really looking to prosecute people who are just playing recreationally with their friends.

For example, a Tuesday night poker game or other game where people are getting together – even though money is being exchanged, this is not the police’s target when it comes to illegal gambling.

They’re looking at stopping those games where the public is able to come in and play, somebody’s collecting either a percentage of the money, or a dealer is getting some of the money or the house is sanctioning the game, because usually what ends up happening in those scenarios is in addition to illegal gambling, other types of crimes are being committed like prostitution and illegal use of drugs, so that’s where I’m seeing – over the course of the last twenty-five years of dealing with these gambling and gaming cases – the police actually coming in.

Somebody gets busted with drugs for example. In order to help themselves get themselves off, they then tell the police that there’s an illegal gaming or gambling area in order to get the police to not prosecute them for their illegal activity.

So, ultimately, these illegal gambling locations get busted up, people get arrested, and obviously, you need an attorney. And they’re not just going to arrest the house or the people who are getting the percentage of the money, they’re going to arrest everybody in there who is involved in the gambling.

Defenses to Illegal Gambling Pursuant to Penal Code Section 330

One defense that can be asserted when it comes to illegal gambling is that you were not actually involved in the illegal gambling.

I’ve had a number of clients who were arrested who were just present at a house for example where this illegal gambling was going on and the authorities scooped them up in a broad net and charged them with illegal gambling, but the reality is they didn’t have any evidence that they were violating Penal Code Section 330 and all they had was evidence that they were present at a location where illegal gaming or gambling was going on.

Mere presence at a crime is not in and of itself enough to prosecute somebody for illegal gambling. Other defenses would include that it’s just a game for fun with your friends. Nobody’s getting a percentage of the money.

Yes, money is being taken – people are winning and losing money – but there’s no house so to speak where a dealer or somebody else is getting a portion of all the gambling that’s going on. That’s really what’s being targeted when it comes to illegal gambling in California, and specifically in Los Angeles.

So, most of the time the authorities aren’t even going to get involved if it’s just small stakes and it’s a meeting among friends. The question becomes how they even found out about it to get involved.

Where the problems come in once again is when people are advertising, so to speak, in a gaming where there’s other criminal activity going on such as prostitution, illegal drug us, illegal drug sale- once you start getting into that ballpark where people are profiting and doing other illegal not moral activities, that’s typically when the police are going to find out in Los Angeles and they’re going to swoop in and they’re going to come and arrest everybody.

Even if they let some people go – just the fact that they swooped in, broke the game up and arrested a bunch of people – lets everybody know in that area we’re not going to stand for this type of activity here and if you do it you’re going to be prosecuted and arrested.

So, if you’ve been swept up in one of these nets, obviously you want to try to keep your record clean if it’s possible. You need to get a criminal defense attorney, come in, sit down, we’ll go over everything in the privacy of my office and then we’ll come up with a game plan on how we can resolve your matter and protect your rights, your freedom and your reputation.

For more information on Illegal Gaming Or Gambling In California, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (213) 374-3952 today.

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Statement for the Record

Good afternoon Chairman Chaffetz, Ranking Member Cummings, and members of the committee. I am pleased to appear before you today to discuss online gambling and the potential criminal activity which could arise within it.

The Department of Justice takes seriously the issue of illegal gambling, including illegal online gambling, and has carefully used its limited resources to focus its investigation and prosecutions of Internet gambling on those groups engaged in egregious criminal conduct. This includes conduct tied to organized crime, including La Cosa Nostra; conduct that is part of a larger criminal scheme; and/or conduct that includes locating at least part of the gambling/collection operation within the United States. The Department of Justice continues to successfully investigate and prosecute illegal Internet gambling.

In addition to the Department of Justice’s own work in this area, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) works hard to establish and maintain strong partnerships with both public and private entities in order to combat illegal gaming. One of our priorities has been to work with private sector partners, like the American Gaming Association, to publicize our Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The IC3 is an online tool which allows the public to report tips about suspected online criminal activity, including within the illegal gambling sector. This initiative also leverages the IC3 network to address transnational organized crime (TOC) groups that use illegal gambling as a way to finance violent and illicit activities.

The FBI has also been successful in investigating, and the Department of Justice has been successful in prosecuting, such illegal gambling rings. In 2014-2015, there were four federal trials in Oklahoma City of individuals involved in an online gambling scheme involving Legendz Sports. To date in this prosecution through pleas and convictions at trial, a total of 23 individuals and two companies have been convicted for their involvement in this illegal online gambling operation. Of these convictions, 20 individuals and two companies have been convicted of RICO conspiracy. The evidence proved these individuals conspired with others from 2003 to 2013 to run Legendz Sports, an international criminal operation that ran online and telephone gambling services based out of Panama City, Panama. The illegal activity involved racketeering conspiracy, operation of an illegal gambling business, and money laundering conspiracy. Legendz Sports took more than $1 billion in illegal wagers, mostly from gamblers in the United States who were betting on American sporting events. The proceeds were then funneled from the U.S. to Panama. This is just one example of how the FBI has worked in conjunction with other federal law enforcement officials, such as the IRS, and state and local law enforcement partners to find those individuals who engage in illicit gambling and end their operations.

In its law enforcement efforts, the Department of Justice is mindful of technological advances and the ever-changing online landscape, and there are several ways in which online gambling can give rise to potential criminal activity. We suspect online casinos, like physical casinos, are potentially susceptible to criminal schemes and money laundering schemes because of the possibility of criminal actors hiding their identity. Online gambling could provide criminal actors with the potential to be anonymous to an even greater extent than in physical casinos. Using online tools, like TOR networks and Virtual Private Networks, criminal actors could conceal their identity, location, and true gambling activity.

Criminal actors could fraudulently manipulate games and conspire with others to use their online gambling accounts to transfer criminally derived funds to each other. A “private tournament or game” could create a platform allowing one person to transfer funds to another person. Once the private tournament is created, the criminal actor could raise their bet to the maximum permitted bet and then fold or intentionally lose. The movement of funds, which appears as gambling winnings to one and gambling losses to the other, is simply a transfer of criminally derived funds. Or the manipulation of a game by co-conspirators could have been a fraudulent scheme intended to steal funds from unsuspecting gamblers.

One of the goals of criminals who generate revenue from criminal activity is to launder their proceeds through our financial systems to make the funds appear legitimate. Criminal actors use numerous methods to launder their proceeds. One of those methods is through the use of casinos. Internet-based casinos, like physical casinos, can be used to launder criminal proceeds.

A person’s online gambling account can be funded through various methods. Some of these methods include prepaid cards, debit cards, credit cards, previous gambling winnings, or in-person presence at a physical casino. An individual wishing to launder criminal proceeds by funding their online gambling account at the casino could structure their transactions in efforts to evade regulatory reporting. A criminal actor could additionally use cash generated from criminal activity to purchase numerous prepaid debit cards. The criminal actor could then use these prepaid debit cards to fund their online gambling account.

The Department of Justice and the FBI continue to use all available tools to detect such illegal activity. For example, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regulations applicable to physical casinos also apply to legal online casinos. These Bank Secrecy Act regulations are designed to detect money laundering activity. Bank Secrecy Act regulations also require casinos to file BSA Reports when the casino detects suspicious funding or gaming activity. The FBI reviews these reports regularly in coordination with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

In the age of the Internet, what used to be a crime conducted by local bookies on street corners can now operate as an international criminal enterprise. Working with the Department of Justice and our federal partners, the FBI is committed to bringing criminals to justice no matter where they operate.

Thank you again for the opportunity to appear today. I now look forward to any questions you might have.

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COVID-19 updates and alerts , Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Minimum requirements for the initial Phase 3 opening of gaming establishments , Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Sets the minimum reopening requirements for Massachusetts casinos. Adopted by the Commission on June 23, 2020.

Massachusetts laws

St.2016, c.219, §§ 135 and 137, as amended by St.2018, § 154 Legalizing daily fantasy sports (DFS).

MGL c.10, §§ 37-40 Beano, raffles, compulsive gambling

MGL c.23K Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Permits up to 3 casinos and 1 slots-only casino in the state. Has several provisions particular to Indian tribes.

Massachusetts regulations

205 CMR Mass. Gaming Commission

940 CMR 12 Regulations governing raffles

940 CMR 13 Regulations governing bazaars

940 CMR 30 Illegal lotteries, sweepstakes and de facto gambling establishments

940 CMR 34 Daily fantasy sports contest operators in Massachusetts

961 CMR Mass. Lottery Commission

Federal laws

15 USC §§ 1171-1173 Johnson Act. Regulates transportation of gambling devices

25 USC §§ 2701 et seq. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act . Sets the terms for how tribes can operate casinos and bingo parlors. Enables off-reservation land for casinos. Defines the 3 classes of gaming.

31 USC §§ 5361-5367 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 Prohibits companies from accepting money for internet gambling if the gambling is illegal under existing federal or state laws. Does not address gambling directly, but rather the transfer of funds from credit cards and bank accounts to online casinos.

Federal regulations

25 CFR 290 Tribal revenue allocation plans

25 CFR 291 Class III gaming procedures. Used when a state and an Indian tribe are unable to voluntarily agree to a compact and “the State has asserted its immunity from suit brought by an Indian tribe under 25 U.S.C. 2710(d)(7)(B).”

25 CFR 292 Gaming on trust lands acquired after October 17, 1988. “Articulates standards that the BIA will follow in interpreting the various exceptions to the gaming prohibitions contained in section 2719 of IGRA.”

25 CFR Chapter III National Indian Gaming Commission regulations

Selected case law

Buzulis v. Mohegan Sun Casino, 69 Mass.App.Ct. 708 (2007)
Gaming disputes. Court of the Mohegan Tribe had exclusive subject matter jurisdiction over the action.

Connecticut National Bank of Hartford v. Richard Kommit, 31 Mass.App.Ct. 348 (1991).
An often-cited case that discusses the collection of a credit card debt for a cash advance by a Massachusetts resident to be used for gambling in Atlantic City, under a credit card contract generally governed by Connecticut law.

In re: Daily Fantasy Sports Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, In re: DraftKings, Inc., Fantasy Sports Litigation, In re: FanDuel, Inc., Fantasy Sports Litigation, 158 F.Supp.3d 1375 (2016)
80 actions or potential tag-along actions, pending in multiple districts, involving allegations of improper or illegal conduct by the operators of 2 online daily fantasy sports contests. Centralization was warranted, and District of Massachusetts was appropriate transferee district.

Murphy v. NCAA, __ U.S. __, 138 S. Ct. 1461 (May 14, 2018)
The Federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which bars states from permitting gambling on sports, is an unconstitutional infringement on states’ rights.


Bureau of Indian Affairs
Responsible for recognizing tribes and tribal land, revenue allocation, and more

Department of Justice Office of Tribal Justice
OTJ is the primary point of contact for the Department of Justice’s government to government relationship with Indian tribes.

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Gaming Enforcement Division
Enforces the Expanded Gaming Act of 2011 and investigates and prosecutes illegal activity such as gaming-related financial crime, organized crime, corruption, and money laundering.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is responsible for implementing the expanded gaming law passed in November 2011.

National Indian Gaming Commission
Has primary responsibility to oversee Indian gaming

Office of Problem Gambling Services, Mass. Dept. of Public Health
Resources for those facing gambling addiction.

Web sources

Appeals Court denies Mashpee Wampanoag request for casino land , WBUR, February 20, 2020
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit “upheld a lower court decision declaring the federal government had not been authorized to take land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in 2015.” The case centered largely on whether the Wampanoag tribe is considered “Indian” under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. Decision .

Attorney General’s FAQs about nonprofit gaming events
An informative FAQ for charities and nonprofits interested in conducting a gaming event

Guidance on raffles, Mass. Attorney General
Information on the rules and guidelines to follow if your organization is considering holding a raffle in Massachusetts.

Guide to taxes: gambling and lottery winnings, Mass. Department of Revenue
Explains how to report gambling and lottery winnings

Massachusetts sports betting: Is legal sports betting available in Massachusetts?, USA Today Sports Book Wire, April 8, 2020.
Summary of current Mass. law on sports betting.

NIGC Bulletin 05-1 Use of net gaming revenues bulletin, National Indian Gaming Commission
Bulletin was written “to encourage tribes to employ policies and procedures in their expenditure of tribal gaming revenues that comply with IGRA and will minimize complaints and misunderstanding among the tribal membership and interested outside parties.”

Unlawful internet gambling enforcement act of 2006: overview, FDIC
Provides detailed summary of the law and sets procedures for reviewing compliance by financial institutions.

White paper on daily fantasy sports by Mass. Gaming Commission. January 11, 2016.

Print sources

Cohen’s handbook of Federal Indian law, by Felix S. Cohen. LexisNexis, with supplement.

Deal or no deal (Audio CD) Transacting in Native America, American Bar Association, 2008.

Gaming law in a nutshell, by Walter T. Champion, Jr. and I. Nelson Rose. West, 2018.

Massachusetts proof of cases, West, with supplement. Chapter 51, Gaming offenses

Summary of basic law, Mass. practice v.14A, West, annual. Chapter 7, Gaming offenses, §§ 7.274-7.278.

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Maybe you’re hosting the weekly buddies poker game or even thinking of heading over to the Potawatomi Casino to try your luck at some Texas Hold ’em. Or maybe you’re throwing $20 into your office March Madness pool, hoping the Badgers make the Final Four. Whether in your kitchen or at a casino, Wisconsin’s gaming and gambling laws cover all of these activities. So here is a brief overview of gambling laws in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Gambling Laws at Glance

While certain types of gambling are illegal and prosecuted under each state’s gaming statutes, many states have relaxed some of their gambling statutes and permitted limited casinos and other gaming venues like card rooms. While Wisconsin gambling laws allow betting on dog racing and a few riverboat casinos, most other types of gambling are prohibited in the state. Bona fide contests of skill like snowmobile racing are legal, as are bingo, raffles, and other charitable games.

The specifics of Wisconsin gambling laws are listed in the table below.

945.01 et seq.; 562.001 et seq.

Bargain in which parties agree, dependent upon chance even though accompanied by some skill, one stands to win or lose something of value specified in the agreement.

Horse Racing/Off-Track Betting

Licensed horse racing and on-track pari-mutuel wagering legal. Off-track betting prohibited. Simulcast wagering allowed.

Dog Racing/Off-Track Betting

Licensed dog racing and on-track parimutuel wagering legal. Off-track betting prohibited. Simulcast wagering allowed.

Indian gaming legal. Commercial, i.e., casino gambling illegal.

Other Kinds of Gambling-Related Activities Allowed or Banned

Licensed bingo and raffles allowed. Crane games; snowmobile racing; bona fide business contracts; contests of skill, speed, strength and endurance legal. Bookmaking; dealing in gambling devices illegal.

Gambling/gaming generally includes everything from casinos to racetracks to state lotteries and is regulated by a combination of state and federal laws. States like Wisconsin that permit gambling generally have government divisions or gaming commissions that control industry practices, such as licensing employees and regulating the games and finances. Most states will provide strict zoning regulations to separate racetracks and casinos from schools and residential areas. At the federal level, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act regulates all gambling establishments on Indian reservations.

Wisconsin Gambling Laws: Related Resources

State gaming regulations can be different from state to state and can change over time. If you would like legal advice regarding a gaming matter, you can contact a Wisconsin gaming law attorney in your area. You can also visit FindLaw’s Gaming Law section for more articles and resources on this topic.