California Code, Penal Code - PEN § 337t




The following definitions govern the construction of this section and Sections 337u , 337w , 337x , and 337y :

(a) “Associated equipment” means any equipment or mechanical, electromechanical, or electronic contrivance, component or machine used remotely or directly in connection with gaming or any game that would not otherwise be classified as a gaming device, including dice, playing cards, links which connect to progressive slot machines, equipment which affects the proper reporting of gross revenue, computerized systems for monitoring slot machines and devices for weighing or counting money.

(b) “Cashless wagering system” means a method of wagering and accounting in which the validity and value of a wagering instrument or wagering credits are determined, monitored, and retained by a computer that is operated and maintained by a licensee and that maintains a record of each transaction involving the wagering instrument or wagering credits, exclusive of the game or gaming device on which wagers are being made.  The term includes computerized systems which facilitate electronic transfers of money directly to or from a game or gaming device.

(c) “Cheat” means to alter the normal elements of chance, method of selection, or criteria, excluding those alterations to the game generally done by the casino to provide variety to games and that are known, or should be known, by the wagering players, which determine any of the following:

(1) The result of a gambling game.

(2) The amount or frequency of payment in a gambling game.

(3) The value of a wagering instrument.

(4) The value of a wagering credit.

(d) “Drop box” means the box that serves as a repository for cash, chips, tokens, or other wagering instruments.

(e) “Gambling establishment” means any premises wherein or whereon any gaming is done.

(f) “Gambling game device” means any equipment or mechanical, electromechanical, or electronic contrivance, component or machine used remotely or directly in connection with gaming or any game which affects the result of a wager by determining win or loss.  The term includes any of the following:

(1) A slot machine.

(2) A collection of two or more of the following components:

(A) An assembled electronic circuit which cannot be reasonably demonstrated to have any use other than in a slot machine.

(B) A cabinet with electrical wiring and provisions for mounting a coin, token, or currency acceptor and provisions for mounting a dispenser of coins, tokens, or anything of value.

(C) A storage medium containing the source language or executable code of a computer program that cannot be reasonably demonstrated to have any use other than in a slot machine.

(D) An assembled video display unit.

(E) An assembled mechanical or electromechanical display unit intended for use in gambling.

(F) An assembled mechanical or electromechanical unit which cannot be demonstrated to have any use other than in a slot machine.

(3) Any mechanical, electrical, or other device that may be connected to or used with a slot machine to alter the normal criteria of random selection or affect the outcome of a game.

(4) A system for the accounting or management of any game in which the result of the wager is determined electronically by using any combination of hardware or software for computers.

(5) Any combination of one of the components set forth in subparagraphs (A) to (F), inclusive, of paragraph (2) and any other component that the commission determines, by regulation, to be a machine used directly or remotely in connection with gaming or any game which affects the results of a wager by determining a win or loss.

(g) “Past-posting” means the placing of a wager by an individual at a game after having knowledge of the result or outcome of that game.

(h) “Pinching wagers” means to reduce the amount wagered or to cancel the wager after acquiring knowledge of the outcome of the game or other event that is the subject of the wager.

(i) “Pressing wagers” means to increase a wager after acquiring knowledge of the outcome of the game or other event that is the subject of the wager.

(j) “Tribal Gaming Agency” means the person, agency, board, committee, commission, or council designated under tribal law, including, but not limited to, an intertribal gaming regulatory agency approved to fulfill those functions by the National Indian Gaming Commission, as primarily responsible for carrying out the regulatory responsibilities of the tribe under the Indian Gaming and Regulatory Act ( 25 U.S.C. Sec. 2701 ) and a tribal gaming ordinance.

(k) “Wagering credit” means a representative of value, other than a chip, token, or wagering instrument, that is used for wagering at a game or gaming device and is obtained by the payment of cash or a cash equivalent, the use of a wagering instrument or the electronic transfer of money.

(l) “Wagering instrument” means a representative of value, other than a chip or token, that is issued by a licensee and approved by the California Gambling Control Commission or a tribal gaming agency, for use in a cashless wagering system.





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