Substitute Senate Bill No. 268
          Substitute Senate Bill No. 268

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-193


AN ACT CONCERNING GAMBLING.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 1. (NEW)  (a)  A  person  is guilty of
cheating  when,  in   the  course  of  playing  or
conducting  any  lawful  gambling  game,  he:  (1)
Knowingly uses an  altered  or  counterfeit  chip,
token, tile, pull  tab,  wagering slip or check or
knowingly marks, loads  or  tampers with any cards
or dice or  substitutes for cards or dice provided
by the operator  of  a  lawfully  operated game of
chance any cards  or  dice  that have been marked,
loaded or tampered with; or (2) knowingly uses any
device,  instrument,  article  or  substance  with
intent to cheat  or  defraud or to alter or affect
the  otherwise  random  results  of  any  lawfully
operated  game of  chance;  or  (3)  intentionally
places,  increases  or   attempts  to  increase  a
winning wager or decreases or attempts to decrease
a losing wager  after  that  period of time during
which the rules  of  a  lawfully  operated game of
chance permit a  wager  to  be placed or after the
results of the  game  in  which the wager has been
placed become known.
    (b) Cheating is  a class D felony, except that
a violation of  subdivision  (3) of subsection (a)
of this section is a class B misdemeanor.
    Sec.  2. (NEW)  (a)  A  person  is  guilty  of
possession of a  cheating  device  when,  while on
premises where lawful gambling is to be conducted,
he knowingly possesses  or  has under his control:
(1) Any altered  or counterfeit chip, token, tile,
pull tab, wagering  slip  or check or any cards or
dice that have  been  marked,  loaded  or tampered
with; or (2) any device, instrument or other thing
adopted, designed or  commonly  used to facilitate
the alteration of  the normal play or operation of
a piece of  gaming  equipment or to facilitate the
unauthorized  removal  of   any   money  or  other
contents from any  gaming  equipment;  or  (3) any
other device, instrument or thing which, under the
circumstances in which  it  is  used or possessed,
manifests an intent  that  it be used by the actor
or another person  to  alter  the  normal  play or
operation of a lawfully operated game of chance or
to commit cheating  as  provided  in  section 1 of
this act or larceny as provided in section 53a-119
of the general statutes.
    (b) Possession of a cheating device is a class
D felony.

Approved June 4, 1998