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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Poker Run Licenses

The DuPage County Clerk's office issues poker run licenses for unincorporated DuPage County only.

Poker Run License Requirements

No person, firm or corporation shall conduct a poker run in the County without first having obtained a license.  Licenses for poker runs shall be issued only to bona fide religious, charitable, labor, business, fraternal, educational or veterans' organizations which operate without profit to their members, which have been in existence continuously for a period of five (5) years immediately before making application for a license and have had during the entire five (5) year period a bona fide membership engaged in carrying out their objectives.  The County may waive the 5-year requirement under this subsection for a bona fide religious, charitable, labor, business, fraternal, educational, or veterans' organization that applies for a license to conduct a poker run if the organization is a local organization that is affiliated with and chartered by a National or State organization that meets the 5-year requirement.

Poker Run licenses shall be issued for the following purposes:

  1. Providing financial assistance to an identified individual or group of individuals suffering extreme financial hardship as the result of an illness, disability, accident, or disaster.
  2. To maintain the financial stability of the organization.

Single Event Poker Run

 A single event poker run license shall permit the conduct of a poker run or poker runs on one (1) date with a maximum cash prize or aggregate of cash prizes awarded not to exceed $250,000.00; the maximum retail value of a noncash prize or prizes awarded not to exceed $250,000.00 individually or in the aggregate.

Application for a single event poker run shall be made in writing no fewer than ten (10) days before the intended sale of poker run chances on the below application.

FEE: $25.00

Download a Single Event Poker Run License Application (PDF)

After the Poker Run

Each licensee, within thirty (30) days of the poker run, shall report to its membership and to the office of the County Clerk the following:

  • Gross receipts generated by the conducting of the poker run.
  • An itemized list of all reasonable operating expenses which have been deducted from the gross receipts.
  • Net proceeds from the conducting of the poker run.
  • An itemized list of the distribution of the net proceeds.
  • A list of prize winners.