Legal Question in Entertainment Law in New York

Is it legal in NY State to rent out poker tables, chips and chairs and to get paid to be the dealer in a private house game? I do not participate in the game except as a dealer and I only get paid for my goods and services.

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Asked on 11/08/13, 6:53 am

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Frank Natoli Natoli-Lapin, LLC
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I would not conclude anything here because this is not something I know about off my head, but I would think the problem is not with the renting of tables, etc but rather with the gambling enterprise. That is, I suppose if a non-profit wanted to host a legal casino night they can find providers to rent them everything they need and that would not be illegal in that context. I further suppose they can pay for dealers to help out as well without issue. But if you are doing this in support of an illegal gambling enterprise I would be concerned.

Now if this is for a private affair among friends so-to-speak it is highly unlikely anyone would ever know about it, but I guess you never know.

You may want to look into it further if you have serious concerns. If you would like to discuss over a free phone consult, feel free to contact me anytime that is convenient.

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DISCLAIMER: this is not intended to be specific legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. No attorney-client relationship is formed on the basis of this posting.

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Answered on 11/08/13, 7:07 am

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