“‘Gambling’ includes, but is not limited to, pool-selling, bookmaking, maintaining slot-machines, roulette wheels or dice tables, and conducting lotteries, Policy, Bolita, or numbers games or selling chances in them.”
Rhode Island’s definition of gambling is expansive. Not only is pool-selling and bookmaking illegal, but even maintaining gaming equipment is considered gambling activity. If you have slot machines, roulette wheels, or craps tables, you can be charged with illegal gambling.
Bolita is a form of lottery played in the United States by people of Puerto Rican or Cuban descent and is strictly illegal in Rhode Island. “Policy” is a numbers game traditionally organized by Italian-Americans which is considered a racket — references tend to call such games a “Policy racket”.