Question by Anonymous1337: What type of gambling is illegal in the United States?
Today in class we were hosting a debate, about legal and illegal gambling in the US.

My teacher says that if a person hosts his/her own poker game in their house and bet money, it is illegal.

I debated other wise, was I right, or was she?
We live in the State of Missouri, so I need to know for our state since the state regulates gambling laws.

She also said non-state ran gambling is illegal, unless otherwise told, such as for churches, charities, etc.

Could someone please link me to a site about Illegal Gambling.

Best answer:

Answer by Bryan P
The answer is it is legal to have a poker game because poker is not considered a game of chance unlike games such as craps or roulette. Here is what you are looking for hope it helps.

Mar. 25, 2007
Missouri Revised Statutes
Legalized Gambling

Criminal Laws
Chapter definitions.
572.010. As used in this chapter:

(3) “Contest of chance” means any contest, game, gaming scheme or gaming device in which the outcome depends in a material degree upon an element of chance, notwithstanding that the skill of the contestants may also be a factor therein;

(4) “Gambling”, a person engages in “gambling” when he stakes or risks something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under his control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that he will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome. Gambling does not include bona fide business transactions valid under the law of contracts, including but not limited to contracts for the purchase or sale at a future date of securities or commodities, and agreements to compensate for loss caused by the happening of chance, including but not limited to contracts of indemnity or guaranty and life, health or accident insurance; nor does gambling include playing an amusement device that confers only an immediate right of replay not exchangeable for something of value. Gambling does not include any licensed activity, or persons participating in such games which are covered by sections 313.800 to 313.840, RSMo;

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