What is Gambling?


The legal definition of gambling is:

Gambling “includes any activity when a person pays something of value (consideration) to participate in an event that presents the possibility of winning something of value (prize) whose outcome is determined at least in part by chance (Rose, 1986).”1

Based on the above definition, you can see how people can gamble in many different ways and on many different games, and not all of them take place in a casino. Here are some of the most common forms of gambling – and remember, gambling on these games is not limited to “in the casino!”

Electronic Games

  • Slot machines
  • Video Games

Card Games

  • Poker (Hold’em, Omaha, etc.)
  • Blackjack
  • Pai Gow Poker
  • Baccarat
  • California Card Games
  • Other card games (Hearts, Spades, Bridge, Gin Rummy, etc.)

Dice / Tile Games

  • Craps
  • Mahjong

Activities (playing or watching)

  • Sporting events
  • Horse racing
  • Dog racing
  • Jai alai
  • Pool
  • Bowling
  • Pitching quarters


  • Lottery
  • Sweepstakes
  • Raffle

Other Forms of Gambling

  • Stock Market
  • Bets of personal skill/knowledge
  • And anything else where you “risk something of value to you” for the possibility of “gaining something with value”

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