Residents and visitors must abide by Commonwealth of Virginia laws referring to illegal gambling, including, but not limited to, poker, football pools or any games of chance.
- Illegal gambling is legally defined as making, placing or receiving any bet or wager of money or anything of value made in exchange for a chance to win a prize, stake, or other consideration or thing of value, dependent on the result of any game, contest or any other event, the outcome of which is uncertain or a matter of chance.
- In Virginia there is an exception that makes gambling legal when such gambling occurs in a private residence which is not commonly used for such games of chance and where there is no operator of the game. When any form of wagering is involved, poker games or other games of chance may be played in student bedrooms or Village suites only. These games may not be played in the lobby, TV lounge, study lounge or any other public area in the residence halls. There cannot be a regularly scheduled poker game or any other game of chance in any student bedroom or Village suite. There can be no operator of any such game.
- When students or visitors are playing poker or other games of chance in their room, no one may benefit from the game in any way other than as a result of the outcome of the game (i.e. students may not charge an entry fee or take a cut of the amount wagered).
- Poker or other games of chance may be organized by the staff and may occur in public areas of the residence halls only if there is no entrance fee, no wagering on the outcome and no prize of any value awarded to the winner. Door prizes are allowed under the law, but these must be awarded on a purely random drawing. These games may not be used as fund-raisers by individuals or groups.
- Football pools or any other form of wagering on the outcome of an event may only occur between students within the bounds of their bedroom or suite. These may not be posted or advertised in public areas.
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