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Sweepstakes Or Slot-Like Game Promotion Deemed Illegal Under California Law

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by Peter Steinman
Casino Enterprise Management
September 2015

Peter Steinman's article, "Sweepstakes Or Slot-Like Game Promotion Deemed Illegal Under California Law," was published in the September 2015 issue of Casino Enterprise Management Magazine.

From the article...

"The California Supreme Court recently held that sweepstakes or slot machine “like” games used to promote Internet cafes and phone card stores were illegal under the California Penal Code, even if the results are “predetermined.”  In so holding, the California High Court rejected claims that where the result or outcome of a game is determined before the player or customer starts playing, the game is not barred by California law. The High Court further held the games were illegal, even if the player or customer could obtain his “result” without actually playing a game, and even if no purchase was required to play, because the outcome of the game was based on chance, rather than skill."