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Poker Fundraiser Information

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On January 1, 2007, a new California law Business and Professions Code sections 19985-19987 passed allowing eligible nonprofit organizations to hold "charity poker night" fundraisers. Nonprofit organizations and suppliers of equipment and/or services for such fundraising events must submit an annual registration form to the Bureau of Gambling Control for approval.

Controlled games which are an approved funding mechanism for these fundraisers are specified in the California Penal Code section 337j(e)(1) as "any poker or pai gow game, and any other game played with cards or tiles, or both, and approved by the Department of Justice, and any game of chance, including any gaming device, played for currency, check, credit, or any other thing of value that is not prohibited and made unlawful by statute or local ordinance."

For a list of controlled games approved by the Department of Justice, please see the BGC Standard Game List.

Nonprofit organizations must register with the Bureau to host one event per calendar year. In addition to nonprofit organizations, businesses that supply controlled gaming equipment and/or services for fundraising events are also required to register annually.

No one under the age of 21 is allowed to participate at these fundraising events.

All registration forms should be sent at least 30 days prior to an event date. Processing time varies but can take up to 30 days. If a registered fundraiser needs to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances, the original registration certificate must be returned to the Bureau and should be post marked prior to the original fundraiser date. The original approval must also be accompanied by a letter of request to reschedule the fundraiser; the letter should indicate all changes being made and must be signed by the same person who signed the registration form. A new registration form and fee are not required for rescheduled fundraisers as long as it is rescheduled for the same calendar year as the original approval.

The new law does not allow the use of slot machines or Internet gaming for fundraising purposes. Other fundraising restrictions apply to charity bingo and raffle events. The Attorney Generalís Charitable Trust Section regulates raffles (Raffles - Charitable Trusts - California Dept. of Justice - Office of the Attorney General). Nonprofit organizations must also register with the Attorney Generalís Registry of Charitable Trusts and file annual financial disclosure reports. To help charities stay within State laws, the Attorney General makes available various guides and publications, including the (Attorney Generalís Guide for Charities, pdf). Please contact your local city, sheriff, or police department for inquiries regarding bingo.


A Signature Casino Parties fundraiser or No Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament is the easiest and most profitable way to raise money for your charity. The rules are simple as you would need to obtain the proper licensing and you are on your way. Follow the links from above to download the proper paperwork. Next, choose a date, location and invite your guests to your amazing poker night! We handle the rest

Here are some simple steps that you will need to provide

  1. Choose a date to have your poker event
  2. 60 days prior to your date, contact the Office of The Attorney General, Bureau Of Gambling Control to
    obtain the appropriate paper work for a Legal Fundraiser.
  3. Find a location that will fit the needs of your poker event or we can recommend one
  4. Market your poker tournament to friends, family, coworkers and tell them to spread the word.
  5. Purchase some prizes for the final table, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place winners. Keep a prize handy for the first
    player out....maybe Poker For Dummies, Barnes and Noble
  6. Sell table sponsors, this is a great way to obtain the tables at a low cost or at no cost. Ask local
    business or guests if they would like to sponsor a table.
  7. Designate a few people to be cashiers or money collection. Set up a registration table with
    1 or 2 personnel.

We provide everything else for a successful fundraiser poker night

  • Professional Grade Poker Tables
  • Professional Certified Dealers and Staff
  • Professional Poker Director and Chip Runners
  • Professional Poker Supplies, Cards, Chips, Dealer Buttons
  • Seating Place Cards and Table Numbers
  • Tournament Software, Blinds, Levels, Chip Colors (Laptop Computer)
  • Large Flat Screen TV to project Blinds and Levels
  • Sound system with wireless microphones for announcements and blinds
  • Tournament Manager. Your manager will walk you through the entire tournament
  • If chairs are needed please add $2.00 per chair
  • Equipment delivery, set up and removal

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