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21-981.


21-981.
   
   As used in this act:
   
   1. A "bet" is a bargain in which the parties agree that, dependent
   upon chance, or in which one of the parties to the transaction has
   valid reason to believe that it is dependent upon chance, one stands
   to win or lose something of value specified in the agreement. A bet
   does not include:
   
   a. bona fide business transactions which are valid under the law of
   contracts including, but not limited to, contracts for the purchase or
   sale at a future date of securities or other commodities and
   agreements to compensation for loss caused by the happening of the
   chance including, but not limited to, contracts of indemnity or
   guaranty and life or health and accident insurance; or
   
   b. any charity game conducted pursuant to the provisions of the
   Oklahoma Charity Games Act; or
   
   c. offers of purses, prizes or premiums to the actual participants in
   public and semipublic events, as follows, to wit: Rodeos, animal
   shows, expositions, fairs, athletic events, tournaments and other
   shows and contests where the participants qualify for a monetary prize
   or other recognition. This subparagraph further excepts an entry fee
   from the definition of "a bet" as applied to enumerated public and
   semipublic events.
   
   2. "Consideration" as used in this section means anything which is a
   commercial or financial advantage to the promoter or a disadvantage to
   any participant. Mere registration without purchase of goods or
   services; personal attendance at places or events, without payment of
   an admission price or fee; listening to or watching radio and
   television programs; answering the telephone or making a telephone
   call and acts of like nature are not consideration. As used in this
   paragraph, the term "consideration" shall not include sums of money
   paid by or for participants in any bingo game or a game of chance with
   comparable characteristics as defined by subparagraph b of paragraph 1
   of this section and it shall be conclusively presumed that such sums
   paid by or for said participants were intended by said participants to
   be for the benefit of the organizations described in subparagraph b of
   paragraph 1 of this section for the use of such organizations in
   furthering the purposes of such organizations;
   
   3. A "gambling device" is a contrivance designed primarily for
   gambling purposes which for a consideration affords the player an
   opportunity to obtain something of value, the award of which is
   determined by chance, or any token, chip, paper, receipt or other
   document which evidences, purports to evidence or is designed to
   evidence participation in a lottery or the making of a bet. The fact
   that the prize is not automatically paid by the device does not affect
   its character as a gambling device; and
   
   4. A "gambling place" is any place, room, building, vehicle, tent or
   location which is used for any of the following: making and settling
   bets; receiving, holding, recording or forwarding bets or offers to
   bet; conducting lotteries; or playing gambling devices. Evidence that
   the place has a general reputation as a gambling place or that, at or
   about the time in question, it was frequently visited by persons known
   to be commercial gamblers or known as frequenters of gambling places
   is admissible on the issue of whether it is a gambling place.
   

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