1.  A person commits the offense of promoting gambling in the first degree if he or she knowingly advances or profits from unlawful gambling or lottery activity by:

 (1)  Setting up and operating a gambling device to the extent that more than one hundred dollars of money is gambled upon or by means of the device in any one day, or setting up and operating any slot machine; or

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 572.030

  • Bookmaking: advancing gambling activity by unlawfully accepting bets from members of the public as a business, rather than in a casual or personal fashion, upon the outcomes of future contingent events. See Missouri Laws 572.010
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Gambling: a person engages in gambling when he or she stakes or risks something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under his or her control or influence, upon an agreement or understanding that he or she will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome. See Missouri Laws 572.010
  • Gambling device: any device, machine, paraphernalia or equipment that is used or usable in the playing phases of any gambling activity, whether that activity consists of gambling between persons or gambling by a person with a machine. See Missouri Laws 572.010
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Player: a person who engages in any form of gambling solely as a contestant or bettor, without receiving or becoming entitled to receive any profit therefrom other than personal gambling winnings, and without otherwise rendering any material assistance to the establishment, conduct or operation of the particular gambling activity. See Missouri Laws 572.010
  • policy: an unlawful gambling scheme in which for a consideration the participants are given an opportunity to win something of value, the award of which is determined by chance. See Missouri Laws 572.010
  • Slot machine: a gambling device that as a result of the insertion of a coin or other object operates, either completely automatically or with the aid of some physical act by the player, in such a manner that, depending upon elements of chance, it may eject something of value. See Missouri Laws 572.010
  • Unlawful: not specifically authorized by law. See Missouri Laws 572.010

 (2)  Engaging in bookmaking to the extent that he or she receives or accepts in any one day more than one bet and a total of more than one hundred dollars in bets; or

 (3)  Receiving in connection with a lottery or policy or enterprise:

 (a)  Money or written records from a person other than a player whose chances or plays are represented by such money or records; or

 (b)  More than one hundred dollars in any one day of money played in the scheme or enterprise; or

 (c)  Something of value played in the scheme or enterprise with a fair market value exceeding one hundred dollars in any one day.

 2.  The offense of promoting gambling in the first degree is a class E felony.