Most States in the United States have regulations against gambling. However, these states also generally have in place laws allowing eligible nonprofit organizations to hold poker and other gambling fundraisers, such as bingo and raffles. The important thing to remember when planning a gambling fundraiser is that most states have forms to fill out before you can hold these fundraisers and usually they must be submitted within a set amount of time before the fundraiser is to be held (usually about 30 days prior to the event). After you have decided when the event will be held and have provided the necessary forms to your State Bureau of Gambling, preparing the event is simply a matter of having the right professional casino company, location, and marketing. Here are some helpful requirements and information.
If you are planning a Fundraiser and request poker tables to be part of your event, you must get a license with the State of California DOJ Bureau of Gambling Control. The applicant must provide a copy of a certificate of determination of exemption from the state franchise board showing exemptions under sections 23701a, 23701b, 23701d, 23701e, 23701f, 23701g, 23701k, 23701l, or 23701w of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
All necessary forms for the above may be found at the website of the Office of The Attorney General - State of California - Department of Justice by Clicking Here. Look for: CHARITABLE GAMBLING REGISTRATION PROGRAM or Click Here for frequently asked questions.
For a list of controlled games approved by the Department of Justice, please see the BGC Standard Game List.
CALIFORNIA GAMBLING CONTROL COMMISSION
2399 GATEWAY OAKS DR STE 220
SACRAMENTO CA 95833-4231
You may also contact the Commission at (916) 263-0700 for an application to be mailed to you.