Gambling Game Device Law and Legal Definition

Gambling game device refers to any device used to play or conduct games related to gambling. It can be electronic, mechanical or electromechanical directly or indirectly connected with the gambling games.

The following is an example of a state statute (California) defining the term Gambling game device:

According to Cal Pen Code § 337t (f) "gambling game device" means any equipment or mechanical, electromechanical, or electronic contrivance, component or machine used remotely or directly in connection with gaming or any game which affects the result of a wager by determining win or loss. The term includes any of the following:

(1) A slot machine.

(2) A collection of two or more of the following components:

(A) An assembled electronic circuit which cannot be reasonably demonstrated to have any use other than in a slot machine.

(B) A cabinet with electrical wiring and provisions for mounting a coin, token, or currency acceptor and provisions for mounting a dispenser of coins, tokens, or anything of value.

(C) A storage medium containing the source language or executable code of a computer program that cannot be reasonably demonstrated to have any use other than in a slot machine.

(D) An assembled video display unit.

(E) An assembled mechanical or electromechanical display unit intended for use in gambling.

(F) An assembled mechanical or electromechanical unit which cannot be demonstrated to have any use other than in a slot machine.

(3) Any mechanical, electrical, or other device that may be connected to or used with a slot machine to alter the normal criteria of random selection or affect the outcome of a game.

(4) A system for the accounting or management of any game in which the result of the wager is determined electronically by using any combination of hardware or software for computers.

(5) Any combination of one of the components set forth in subparagraphs (A) to (F), inclusive, of paragraph (2) and any other component that the commission determines, by regulation, to be a machine used directly or remotely in connection with gaming or any game which affects the results of a wager by determining a win or loss.