DCP: Gaming Division - Frequently Asked Questions

Gaming Division - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's - Gaming Information
FAQ's - Administrative Hearing Process
FAQ's - Bingo
FAQ's - Games Of Chance
FAQ's - Money Wheel
FAQ's - Poker Games at Bars
FAQ's - Internet Gambling


Where can I get information about treatment for problem gambling?

Please see the web sites for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services at www.ct.gov/dmhas, and the National Center for Responsible Gaming at www.ncrg.org.

I may have a winning Lottery ticket. How can I find out for sure?

You can link to the Web site of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation at  www.ctlottery.org

How much is wagered in the slot machines at Foxwoods/Mohegan Sun and How much money do the casinos make on slot machines?

Data regarding each casino's revenues of its video facsimile/slot machines, known as the "win", can be found in Mohegan Sun stats (for Mohegan Sun), and Foxwoods stats (for Foxwoods)

How much money does the state of Connecticut receive from each casino?

The state receives twenty-five percent (25%) of each casino's slot "win". You can find the amount that the state has received from the Mohegan Sun in Mohegan Sun stats  and the amount that the state has received from Foxwoods in Foxwoods stats.

Why are there video facsimile/slot machines only at the casinos and not anywhere else in the state of Connecticut?

In settlement of legal disputes over whether or not Native American tribes have the right to operate video facsimile/slot machines on reservations located within Connecticut, the Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans negotiated revenue sharing agreements with the state of Connecticut. As long as no change in state law is enacted to permit the operation of video facsimiles or other commercial casino games by any other person, each tribe contributes twenty-five percent (25%) of the video facsimile/slot machines "win"; to the state of Connecticut.

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How is a Compliance Meeting different from a Show Cause Hearing?  A Compliance Meeting is offered to permanent licensee/permittee in an effort to bring the licensee/permittee into compliance in an informal manner. Should there be no resolution at the Compliance Meeting, a Show Cause Hearing will be scheduled for a Hearing Officer to make a determination in the matter. A gaming applicant or a temporary licensee who has been denied a license is not afforded this step and will proceed directly to the Show Cause level.

How will a hearing proceed?  The Hearing Officer will open the hearing and then ask the Division witness to expound upon the allegations. Then it is the Respondent’s turn to address the charges. Documents may be produced as evidence by either party. At the end of the Hearing the Division witness may make a recommendation for the Hearing Officer’s consideration and the Respondent may make a final statement.

Who will attend?  There is a Hearing Officer presiding over the hearing and a presenter who address the allegations. Personnel presenting cases might be from the CLC collections section, the security unit, the gambling regulation unit or the charitable games unit. Additionally, there may be witnesses from the units mentioned above or from the field.

How long will it take to get a decision in the matter?  A decision will not be rendered that day. The Division has 90 days to make a decision but generally the decision is rendered in approximately one month.

What kind of documentation may be brought to the hearing?

Letters of recommendation and work performance evaluations are frequently offered by Respondents. Generally, a Respondent can bring any documentation he/she believes would benefit him/her in the case. The Hearing Officer will accept any documentation and give it the weight it deserves.

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Why Is Bingo Regulated by the State?  Despite its innocent appearance, bingo is a form of legalized gambling. In 1939 the playing of bingo was authorized by the Connecticut General Assembly, subject to municipal approval. State oversight of bingo activity has been required by the General Assembly by means of laws and regulations to prevent fraud and protect the public. The Department of Consumer Protection Gaming Division is the permit issuing and regulatory authority for bingo.

Why do Authorized Bingos Have to Use the Division's Internal Control Form?  They do not. The Gaming Division developed an internal control form for the use of its permittees. The form has not been mandated. Organizations may use the Division form or their own control form if they prefer, as long as it meets the Division's basic requirements. It is important to maintain adequate control of bingo activity. In order to do so, organizations need to pre-count and post count their bingo paper, which must be sold at a uniform unit price, and they need to account for their admissions and the sale of bingo cards or sheets by individual worker. Without these procedures, there is no way an organization can know with certainty how much money it should have taken in during a session, or where any shortage or overage, if any, occurred.

How Old Must a Person be to Play Bingo?  Under Connecticut law there is no age prohibition with respect to who may play bingo. Accordingly, any adult or child may play the game.

Who Can Work at a Bingo Game? Can Bingo Workers be Paid?  In order to work at a bingo game, a person must have reached the age of eighteen, have been a bona fide member of at least one sponsoring organization conducting bingo for at least six months, and have registered with the Department of Consumer Protection Gaming Division. Bingo workers are expected to be volunteers and cannot be paid. State bingo regulations provide that no commission, salary, compensation or gift shall be paid or given to any person conducting or assisting in the conduct of bingo, directly or indirectly.

Can There be More Than One Winner on a Single Bingo Card Face?  No. The State bingo regulations provide that each bingo card or sheet shall have an equal opportunity to be a winner. In developing this regulatory provision, it was understood that each card or sheet was represented by a single face. With the evolution of bingo, players may now have bingo cards with multiple faces containing winners on different faces; however, each face may only win once.

Why Can't Card Games be Played for Cash at Bingo?  The bingo regulations do not authorize card games as permissible games of chance to be conducted at a bingo game. Only certain authorized charitable gaming activities, such as sealed ticket games or raffles may be conducted. However, card games without the element of cash or consideration are allowed for entertainment purposes.

May Bingo Door Prize Coupons be Rolled Over From One Session to Another and a Door Prize Drawing Held Once a Month?  Yes. A bingo door prize is not a game of chance, as there is no charge or consideration for the right to a chance. The right comes with a person's admission to bingo. Therefore, door prize coupons may be rolled over for a desired period of time. The only restriction would be that the aggregate value of any door prize(s) to be awarded may not exceed two hundred dollars.

When Operating a Winner-Take-All Game at Bingo, Why Can't an Organization Round Up or Down to the Next Nearest Dollar?  Rounding up or down to the next nearest dollar is not allowed at bingo because the practice would likely result in violation of the statutory requirement that ninety per cent of all winner-take-all game receipts be awarded as prizes. As the Gaming Division is responsible for ensuring the integrity of authorized activity, it cannot condone a practice which would likely result in a statutory violation.

Can Bingo Admissions, Cards or Sheets be Purchased as Gift Certificates?  No. Bingo admissions, cards or sheets may not be purchased as gift certificates because such an activity would violate the provision of the State bingo regulations providing that all bingo cards shall be purchased, winners determined and prizes awarded within the same calendar day, whenever bingo is played.

Are "Good Will" Payments Allowed at Bingo?  "Good Will" payments are allowed at bingo as promotional good-faith gestures when a winner has been inadvertently overlooked or some other error has resulted in the likelihood that a person entitled to bingo prize money would otherwise not be rewarded. Such payments are not viewed as prize payouts, which could conceivably exceed the statutory prize limits. They are viewed as promotional expenses and should be reflected as such on the front of an organization's Ten Day Bingo Report return, under the Expense section, line 3, "Other expenses"

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What is the connection between the repeal of the Las Vegas night law and the use of "money-wheel" and merchandise prize wheel games?  The legislation repealing the Las Vegas night law included the repeal of the language allowing "money-wheel" games. The Gaming Division was advised by the Attorney General that the merchandise prize wheel games are the same as cash "money-wheel" games, and should no longer be authorized.

Who may we contact in order to address reinstating the "money-wheel" and merchandise prize wheel games?  You may contact your legislator.

Can an organization possess its own "money-wheels" and merchandise prize wheels and utilize them without a permit?  No. The use of "money-wheels" and merchandise prize wheels was repealed effective January 7, 2003. It would not be legal to utilize this equipment for any purpose.

Are there any other games of chance being considered to replace the merchandise prize wheel games?  In order to assist organizations that have been affected by the repeal of the use of these items of equipment, we have been advising them of alternative games which may be played at their bazaar events. We feel that one game in particular, "blower ball", may be of interest to many organizations. This game would be played in a similar manner as the merchandise prize wheel game, except a blower machine (such as a bingo blower machine) filled with numbered balls, would be used to determine the winner, rather than the spin of a wheel. This game is also commonly referred to as "cage ball", whereby the numbered balls are placed into a round or oval cage (similar to a bingo cage device), which is spun manually by its handle in order to determine the winner of the prize.

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How does the repeal of the Games of Chance Act affect public or nonpublic secondary schools, or a group of parents of students attending such a school, or of the teachers or administrators of such a school that annually hold recreational Las Vegas night events in connection with high school after-graduation or after-prom parties?  The Games of Chance Act governing Las Vegas night events was repealed effective January 7, 2003. Accordingly, nonprofit organizations, including public and nonpublic secondary schools and associated groups of parents or teachers and administrators, are no longer able to conduct Las Vegas night events within the State of Connecticut.

Where in the Connecticut General Statutes did it require public or nonpublic secondary schools, or a group of parents of students attending such a school, or of the teachers or administrators of such a school to obtain a permit to conduct Las Vegas night events in connection with high school after-graduation or after-prom parties?  The section of the general statutes that allowed those organizations to have Las Vegas night events in connection with high school after-graduation or after-prom parties, prior to repeal of the Games of Chance Act, was Section 7-186a (c).

Can the students of a public or nonpublic secondary school, or a group of parents of students attending such a school, or the teachers or administrators of such a school, play card games in connection with high school after-graduation or after-prom parties?  Since the Games of Chance Act was repealed, card games that were played at Las Vegas night events, such as blackjack and poker, may no longer be played for recreational purposes in connection with high school after-graduation or after-prom parties.

Can an organization build its own games of chance (Las Vegas Nights) equipment and utilize it without a permit?  No. The Games of Chance Act was repealed effective January 7, 2003. It would not be legal to utilize this equipment for any purpose.

What other charitable gaming activities are permissible?  The activities that are currently permissible include, bingo, bazaars, raffles and sealed ticket sales. These activities must be conducted with the intent of raising funds for the worthy purposes of the organization. Organizations desiring to conduct one or more of these activities may contact the Charitable Games Section, at (860) 713-6140, for assistance in obtaining the requisite permit(s).

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Is it legal in Connecticut to play poker for money or anything else of value?  According to Section 53-278a of the General Statutes of Connecticut, poker is listed as one of the forms of gambling that are illegal in Connecticut. Section 53-278b exempts from prosecution and punishment people who gamble “incidental to a bona fide social relationship” as long as no one other than the participants receives anything from the game. Both the Department of Consumer Protection and the Attorney General have determined that the hosting of poker games or tournaments at commercial bars or similar establishments would violate Connecticut law. Poker can be played legally at the two tribal casinos.

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Is Internet gambling legal in Connecticut?  The State of Connecticut and the Department of Consumer Protection do not authorize, license, permit, or regulate in any manner any Internet gambling in any form. Under General Statutes of Connecticut Section 53-278a(2) any gambling activity in Connecticut is illegal unless specifically authorized by law. Neither the state legislature nor any state agency has approved any form of gambling on the Internet, including the purchasing of raffle tickets. Even if a gambling website is legal in another jurisdiction, such as a foreign country or another state, it is illegal to use that site to gamble from within Connecticut.

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