Minnesota Poker and Gambling Laws
2008 Minnesota Statutes
Notwithstanding sections 609.755 and 609.76, an organization may conduct lawful
gambling as defined in section 349.12, if authorized under chapter 349, and a
person may manufacture, sell, or offer for sale a gambling device to an
organization authorized under chapter 349 to conduct lawful gambling, and
pari-mutuel betting on horse racing may be conducted under chapter 240.
Sections 609.755 and 609.76 do not prohibit the operation of the
state lottery or the sale, possession, or purchase of tickets for the state
lottery under chapter 349A.
Sections 609.755 and 609.76 do not prohibit tournaments or contests
that satisfy all of the following requirements:
(1) the tournament or contest consists of the card
games of chance commonly known as cribbage, skat, sheephead, bridge, euchre,
pinochle, gin, 500, smear, Texas hold'em, or whist;
(2) the tournament or contest does not provide any direct
financial benefit to the promoter or organizer;
(3) the value of all prizes awarded for each
tournament or contest does not exceed $200; and
(4) for a tournament or contest involving Texas
(i) no person under 18 years of age may participate;
(ii) the payment of an entry fee or other
consideration for participating is prohibited;
(iii) the value of all prizes awarded to an individual
winner of a tournament or contest at a single location may not exceed $200 each
(iv) the organizer or promoter must ensure that
reasonable accommodations are made for players with disabilities.
Accommodations to the table and the cards shall include the announcement of the
cards visible to the entire table and the use of Braille cards for players who
Sections 609.755 and 609.76 do not prohibit dice games conducted on
the premises and adjoining rooms of a retail establishment licensed to sell
alcoholic beverages if the following requirements are satisfied:
(1) the games consist of board games played with dice
or commonly known dice games such as "shake-a-day,"
"3-2-1," "who buys," "last chance," "liar's
poker," "6-5-4," "horse," and "aces";
(2) wagers or prizes for the games are limited to food
or beverages; and
(3) the retail establishment does not organize or participate
financially in the games.