Many people choose some sort of entertainment to relieve stress, increase family bonding or just to pass the time. Activities inside bowling alleys, arcade centers, casinos and bars have a set of rules that must be followed. Florida has a number of laws regulating those activities.
According to Chapter 849.01, Title XLVI of the Florida Statutes, gambling and owning a gambling house or devices is considered a crime. However, the state of Florida will allow some private games to be held in a dwelling if a player wins no more than $10 in a single round and there are no commission or admission fees paid to anyone.
Cardrooms are establishment allowed by the state to conduct games where items of value or money can be won. Unlike casino employees, cardroom operators or employees are not allowed to play the game. The bets are pooled, the cardroom’s operational deductions are removed, and the rest of the money is distributed among the winning bets. Cardrooms are allowed by Florida state laws to receive a set percentage of the money received from players in the games. A list of approved cardroom establishments in the state of Florida can be found on the Florida Department of Business Professional Regulation website.
Gaming Center Laws
Gaming centers are regulated in Florida. These gaming centers must include gaming machines and electronic video games that require players to insert a coin and play to get points or redeemable coupons, so casino slot machines are not included. These coupons may then be exchanged for a prize other than alcoholic drinks or money.
Bowling tournaments are allowed under Florida Statute 141, Chapter 849, Title XLVI. The bowling tournament includes players paying a fee to join the contest from which the prize money or purse will come from. The legislation also specifies a bowling center that is host to a tournament must have at least 12 lanes available for bowling.
Adult Entertainment Center
An adult entertainment center is defined by Florida laws as a place of business that shows, rents and sells materials or items displaying nudity. However, the state of Florida is concerned about the exposure of items and materials containing nudity to minors. Under Florida Statute Chapter 847.0134, Title XLVI, adult entertainment centers must be at least 2,500 feet from the nearest education institution.
Night Clubs And Bars
Bars and night clubs play a part in catering to Florida’s night life. Florida regulates all businesses with liquor licencses including night clubs and bars. Under Florida Statute Chapter 561.15, Title XXXIV, individuals with felony criminal records in the past 15 years are not allowed to own a liquor license. To prevent underage drinking the state requires all customers and employees of night clubs and bars to be 21 or older.
1.The Florida Senate: Statutes and Constitution: 849.01
2. The Florida Senate : Statutes and Constitution: 849.085
3. The Florida Senate : Statutes and Constitution: 849.086
4. Pari-Mutuel Wagering : Authorised Card Games
5. The Florida Senate : Statutes and Constitution: 849.161
6. The Florida Senate : Statutes and Constitution: 849.141
7. The Florida Senate : Statutes and Constitution: 847.0134
8. The Florida Senate : Statutes and Constitution: 561.15
9. The Florida Senate : Statutes and Constitution: 562.11
10. The Florida Senate : Statutes and Constitution: 562.13