Florida Senate - 2011                                     SB 522
       By Senator Diaz de la Portilla
       36-00770-11                                            2011522__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to cardrooms; amending s. 849.086,
    3         F.S.; providing for bingo games to be offered in
    4         cardrooms; revising the definition of the term
    5         “authorized game” to include bingo; defining the term
    6         “bingo”; defining the term “gross receipts” for
    7         purposes of bingo games; providing an effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 849.086, Florida
   12  Statutes, is amended, and paragraph (h) is added to subsection
   13  (7) of that section, to read:
   14         849.086 Cardrooms authorized.—
   15         (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section:
   16         (a) “Authorized game” means a game or series of games of
   17  bingo, poker, or dominoes which are played in a nonbanking
   18  manner.
   19         (b) “Banking game” means a game in which the house is a
   20  participant in the game, taking on players, paying winners, and
   21  collecting from losers or in which the cardroom establishes a
   22  bank against which participants play.
   23         (c) “Bingo” means and refers to the activity in which
   24  participants pay a sum of money for the use of one or more bingo
   25  cards. When the game commences, numbers are drawn by chance, one
   26  by one, and announced. The players cover or mark those numbers
   27  on the bingo cards which they have purchased until a player
   28  receives a given order of numbers in sequence that has been
   29  preannounced for that particular game. This player calls out
   30  “bingo” and is declared the winner of a predetermined prize.
   31  More than one game may be played upon a bingo card, and numbers
   32  called for one game may be used for a succeeding game or games.
   33         (d)(c) “Cardroom” means a facility where authorized games
   34  are played for money or anything of value and to which the
   35  public is invited to participate in such games and charged a fee
   36  for participation by the operator of such facility. Authorized
   37  games and cardrooms do not constitute casino gaming operations.
   38         (e)(d) “Cardroom management company” means any individual
   39  not an employee of the cardroom operator, any proprietorship,
   40  partnership, corporation, or other entity that enters into an
   41  agreement with a cardroom operator to manage, operate, or
   42  otherwise control the daily operation of a cardroom.
   43         (f)(e) “Cardroom distributor” means any business that
   44  distributes cardroom paraphernalia such as card tables, betting
   45  chips, chip holders, dominoes, dominoes tables, drop boxes,
   46  banking supplies, playing cards, card shufflers, and other
   47  associated equipment to authorized cardrooms.
   48         (g)(f) “Cardroom operator” means a licensed pari-mutuel
   49  permitholder which holds a valid permit and license issued by
   50  the division pursuant to chapter 550 and which also holds a
   51  valid cardroom license issued by the division pursuant to this
   52  section which authorizes such person to operate a cardroom and
   53  to conduct authorized games in such cardroom.
   54         (h)(g) “Division” means the Division of Pari-mutuel
   55  Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional
   56  Regulation.
   57         (i)(h) “Dominoes” means a game of dominoes typically played
   58  with a set of 28 flat rectangular blocks, called “bones,” which
   59  are marked on one side and divided into two equal parts, with
   60  zero to six dots, called “pips,” in each part. The term also
   61  includes larger sets of blocks that contain a correspondingly
   62  higher number of pips. The term also means the set of blocks
   63  used to play the game.
   64         (j)(i) “Gross receipts” means the total amount of money
   65  received by a cardroom from any person for participation in
   66  authorized games.
   67         (k)(j) “House” means the cardroom operator and all
   68  employees of the cardroom operator.
   69         (l)(k) “Net proceeds” means the total amount of gross
   70  receipts received by a cardroom operator from cardroom
   71  operations less direct operating expenses related to cardroom
   72  operations, including labor costs, admission taxes only if a
   73  separate admission fee is charged for entry to the cardroom
   74  facility, gross receipts taxes imposed on cardroom operators by
   75  this section, the annual cardroom license fees imposed by this
   76  section on each table operated at a cardroom, and reasonable
   77  promotional costs excluding officer and director compensation,
   78  interest on capital debt, legal fees, real estate taxes, bad
   79  debts, contributions or donations, or overhead and depreciation
   80  expenses not directly related to the operation of the cardrooms.
   81         (m)(l) “Rake” means a set fee or percentage of the pot
   82  assessed by a cardroom operator for providing the services of a
   83  dealer, table, or location for playing the authorized game.
   84         (n)(m) “Tournament” means a series of games that have more
   85  than one betting round involving one or more tables and where
   86  the winners or others receive a prize or cash award.
   88         (h) A cardroom operator’s conduct of bingo is conditioned
   89  upon the return of 80 percent of all proceeds from such games
   90  during the year to the players in the form of prizes and cash
   91  awards. For purposes of bingo games only, the term “gross
   92  receipts” means the total amount received by the cardroom
   93  operator for participating in the bingo game less the total
   94  amount paid to the winners or others as prizes or cash awards.
   95         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.