Question by dman: Is it considered gambling if cash is put into a pot with a gift card as a prize?
Just wondering if it would be considered gambling if people paid cash to buy a raffle ticket if the winner won a gift card. Would this be legal for people under 18?
Answer by Chris Howard
Pretty sure thats still gambling as the gift card has a monetary value.
That being said, if this is a home game or what not you are probably fine. The act of gambling itself as far as I know isnt illegal, its gambling in a casino for minors that is.
However, there are other rules that vary from state to state. For instance, I can run a home game of poker here in Texas, however I as the house couldnt charge an entry fee or take rake from the pot. So you might want to look up your individual state gambling laws.
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