Code of the District of Columbia

§ 22–1704. Gaming; setting up gaming table; inducing play.

(a) Whoever shall in the District set up or keep any gaming table, or any house, vessel, or place, on land or water, for the purpose of gaming, or gambling device commonly called A B C, faro bank, E O, roulette, equality, keno, thimbles, or little joker, or any kind of gaming table or gambling device adapted, devised, and designed for the purpose of playing any game of chance for money or property, or shall induce, entice, and permit any person to bet or play at or upon any such gaming table or gambling device, or on the side of or against the keeper thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of not more than 5 years and, in addition, may be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01. For the purposes of this section, the term “gambling device” shall not include slot machines manufactured before 1952, intended for exhibition or private use by the owner, and not used for gambling purposes. The term “slot machine” means a mechanical device, an essential part of which is a drum or reel which bears an insignia and which when operated may deliver, as a result of the application of an element of chance, a token, money, or property, or by operation of which a person may become entitled to receive, as a result of this application of an element of chance, a token, money, or property.

(b) It shall be unlawful to install or operate a game of skill machine in the District except as permitted by subchapter III of Chapter 6 of Title 36. Whoever shall install or operate a game of skill machine in the District in violation of subchapter III of Chapter 6 of Title 36 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned for not more than180 days or fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, or both.


(Mar. 3, 1901, 31 Stat. 1331, ch. 854, § 865; Jan. 26, 1982, D.C. Law 4-59, § 2, 28 DCR 4766; June 11, 2013, D.C. Law 19-317, § 303(p), 60 DCR 2064; Apr. 27, 2021, D.C. Law 23-280, § 9, 68 DCR 001156.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 22-1504.

1973 Ed., § 22-1504.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 22-1702, § 22-1705, and § 22-1707.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-317 added “and, in addition, may be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01” at the end of the first sentence.

Cross References

Search warrants, see § 23-521 et seq.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 4 of Revised Game of Skill Machines Consumer Protections Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-16, Feb. 26, 2021, 68 DCR 002559).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 4 of Revised Game of Skill Machines Consumer Protections Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-479, Oct. 1, 2020, 67 DCR 13284).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3 of Games of Skill Consumer Protection Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-229, Feb. 27, 2020, 0 DCR 0).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 303(p) of the Criminal Fine Proportionality Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-45, April 1, 2013, 60 DCR 5400, 20 DCSTAT 1300).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 4 of Revised Game of Skill Machines Consumer Protections Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-257, Mar. 16, 2021, 67 DCR 13932).

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 3 of Games of Skill Consumer Protection Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-93, May 6, 2020, 67 DCR 3522).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-317: Section 401 of D.C. Law 19-317 provided that the act shall apply only to offenses committed on or after June 11, 2013.