CHAPTER 104GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR ALL AMUSEMENT DEVICES481104.1(10A, 99B) Definitions. Definitions in rule 481—100.1(10A,99B) and 481—105.1 (10A,99B) are incorporated by reference in this chapter.The following definitions apply to the possession and use of amusement devices.
"Amusement device" means an electrical or mechanical device possessed and used in accordance with Iowa Code chapter 99B. An amusement device is not a game of skill or chance as defined in Iowa Code section 99B.1, a gambling device, or a device that plays poker, blackjack, or keno. Roulette wheels, slot machines, and other devices specified in Iowa Code section 725.9 as gambling devices are not amusement devices.
"Gambling device" means a device possessed or used or designed to be used for gambling and includes, but is not limited to, roulette wheels, klondike tables, punchboards, faro layouts, keno layouts, numbers tickets, slot machines, pachislo skill-stop machine or any other similar machine or device, push cards, jar tickets, pull-tabs, and video machines or other devices that do not comply with Iowa Code chapter 99B.
"Knock-off switch" means a mechanism or other method that releases free games or credits accumulated toward the award of merchandise.
"Prize" means a ticket(s) or token(s) that is dispensed by an amusement device as an award for use and that is worth up to $50 in merchandise.
"Progressive games" means games in which the value of the prizes increases an incremental amount with each game.
"Slot machine" means a mechanical, electronic, or video gambling device into which a player deposits coins, tokens or currency and from which certain credits, tickets, tokens or coins are paid out when a particular, random configuration of symbols appears on the reels, simulated reels, or screen of the device. The slot machine may have a lever, buttons, or other means to activate or stop the play.Related ARC(s): 1930C, 4015C481104.2(99B) Device restrictions. An amusement device, except for an amusement device which shall be registered pursuant to Iowa Code section 99B.53, may be owned, possessed, or offered for use by any person at any location. All amusement devices shall comply with all of the following:
- The device must be electrical, which includes both electronic and video, or mechanical, or a combination of both.
- The device shall not be designed or adapted to issue or pay coins or currency.
- The device may be designed or adapted to award free games without additional consideration.
- The device may be designed or adapted to award merchandise or tickets or tokens redeemable for merchandise not to exceed a retail value of more than $50 per play or game.
- The device may be designed or adapted to issue tickets or tokens, but not coins or currency. However, the device shall not be designed or adapted to issue tickets or tokens that may be used to play any device or game.
- The device shall not have a “knock-off” switch to release either free games or credits awarded by the device. However, credits may be released by the insertion of coins, currency, or tokens to activate a new game. Free games may only be utilized for playing the device and may not be released in any other manner.
- The device shall not be capable of being altered to enable a person using the device to increase or decrease the chances to win a game or other prize by paying more than is ordinarily required to play the game.
- The device must be designed or adapted to accept only coins, currency, or tokens to play the game. However, the device shall not be designed or adapted to accept tokens that have been awarded as a prize.
- The device must be registered if it meets the registration requirements set forth in Iowa Code section 99B.53 and rule 481—104.5(99B).
- Devices that pay coins or currency.
- Gambling games permitted in Iowa Code chapter 99F, such as slot machines and roulette wheels, or any similar device.
- Any machine that does not conform to the requirements in these rules or Iowa Code chapter 99B.
- Any machine designed or resembling a machine which is normally used for casino-type gambling.
- Amusement devices designed or adapted to facilitate gambling.
- Progressive games.
- Conviction for illegal gambling under the provisions of Iowa Code chapter 725.
- Forfeiture of property under the provisions of Iowa Code chapter 809.