(1) Except for the card games of panguingue and poker and their approved variations, an authorized card game as provided for in 23-5-311, MCA, which is played solely for prizes of minimal value, is considered a social card game and is not a gambling activity.

(2) For purposes of this rule, prizes of minimal value means:

(a) an award to an individual card game winner of cash and/or merchandise which does not exceed $10 in total value; or

(b) an award to the winner or winners of a social card game tournament in cash and/or merchandise in an amount which does not exceed a total value that is the equivalent of $10 times the number of participants. For example, if there are 25 participants in a tournament, the total value of a prize awarded cannot exceed $250.

(3) For purposes of this rule, a tournament means a prize structure which is determined by the play of more than a single game.

(4) Every poker or panguingue game or tournament, and every other authorized card game or card game tournament which is played for an award or prize greater than minimal value, is a gambling activity which must comply with the requirements of Title 23, chapter 5, MCA, and the rules of the department.


History: 23-5-115, 23-5-306, MCA; IMP, 23-5-115, 23-5-306, MCA; NEW, 2017 MAR p. 87, Eff. 1/7/17.