HOUSE BILL NO. 368
INTRODUCED BY R. LYNCH, M. BLASDEL, W. GALT, S. SALES
AN ACT AUTHORIZING DICE GAMES AMONG PLAYERS IN WHICH THE HOUSE MAY NOT HAVE A FINANCIAL INTEREST; PUTTING CEE-LO WITHIN REGULATIONS GOVERNING SHAKE-A-DAY; PROVIDING A DEFINITION; AMENDING SECTION 23-5-160, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
"23-5-160. Shaking dice for a drink or music or in a shake-a-day game -- cee-lo authorized. (1) It is legal for a customer in an establishment licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises to:
(a) shake or choose one or more dice, alone or with an owner or employee of the establishment, to determine whether the customer or the establishment shall pay for the customer's drink or to determine whether the customer or the establishment shall immediately pay a predetermined amount of money, not to exceed $2, for music from a jukebox in the establishment; or
(b) play the dice game commonly known as shake-a-day, in which a customer may once each day pay an amount of money predetermined by the establishment, but not more than 50 cents, and shake a number of dice predetermined by the establishment in an attempt to roll certain combinations simulating poker hands predetermined by the establishment. If one of the combinations is rolled, the customer may win merchandise or a portion or all of the money paid to play the game since the last winning combination was rolled. The establishment may, before a game begins, limit the amount that will be won and use the remaining money played on that game to start the pot for the next game, thus enhancing the incentive to play the next game in the early stages of the next game. All money paid to play games must be paid out as winnings. An establishment may offer to the public more than one shake-a-day game at any given time.
(c) (i) play a dice game commonly known as cee-lo in which customers may play with three six-sided dice, with or without a bank, in which the first player to roll a winning combination wins. The dice combination of 4-5-6 is treated as a winning combination. Customers shall agree on rules before playing cee-lo. Games of cee-lo may include dice rolls that establish a point and may include games in which two or more players will roll and compare their points to determine a winner. Cee-lo may also be known as "see-low", "four-five-six", "three dice game", and "pair and a point".
(ii) (A) In banking games, one customer serves as a banker on a rotating basis. The banker covers the individual bets of the other customers who are playing, each of whom competes directly with the bank. Customers bet against the banker, and dice rolls establish a point for the customer.
(B) In nonbanking games, each customer has equal status and rules must be agreed upon for the customers to pool their bets, bet amount, and attempt to win from a common pot. Each customer shall then roll all dice at once and shall continue until a recognized combination is rolled. Whichever customer rolls the best combination wins the entire pot and a new round may begin.
(iii) A person under 18 years of age may not play cee-lo.
(iv) An establishment in which cee-lo is played under this section may not:
(A) have a financial interest in the game, including but not limited to being the bank in the game;
(B) extend credit to any customer who wishes to participate in the game; or
(C) participate or otherwise be involved in the game.
(2) Nothing in this section authorizes the dice game of craps or any other dice game not specifically described in this section."
Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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