Chapter 271 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 22B the following section:-
Section 22C. (a) For purposes of this section, the term “social card game” shall mean a card game, including but not limited to, poker, pinochle, bridge, rummy, canasta or hearts, in which:
(i) the winnings of any player in a single game or session does not exceed $50;
(ii) the amount of money contributed by a single player during the entire session is $10 or less;
(iii) all money wagered on the game is distributed to the players by the end of the session;
(iv) all players are natural persons who attend and compete in the game, in person, as a contestant or bettor on equal terms with the other players therein without receiving or becoming entitled to receive something of value or any profit therefrom other than his or her personal winnings from the game; and
(iv) no person receives or becomes entitled to receive any profit, outside the winnings of a player, for the arrangement or facilitation of the game or permitting the use of premises for the game.
(b) Nothing in this chapter shall authorize the prosecution, arrest or conviction of any person for hosting or playing in a social card game in a public or private setting; provided, however, private establishments may refuse to permit the playing of a social card game.
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