GLOUCESTER, MA -- State and local police this week shut down two adult arcades in Danvers and Gloucester. Local reports said there was no explanation for the Lucky 7 Arcade shutdowns, which were ordered by state attorney general Martha Coakley, and that Danvers officials had had the arcade at the Liberty Tree Mall under scrutiny for months.
Operators Rosalie and Sam Parisi opened Massachusetts's first Lucky 7 Arcade in Gloucester in 2006, after discovering adult arcades during a vacation to Florida. They opened their second location later in Danvers, MA. The arcade's website says: "We house 50 penny games within four rooms, Monte Carlo, Bellagio, Caesar Palace and Four Queens. A player can play for as low as 16¢ a game."
Not unlike Florida's adult amusement spots, the Lucky 7 Arcades feature 8-liner videogames that mimic slot machines in a Las Vegas atmosphere (minus alcohol and tobacco consumption), along with crane machines stocked with gift certificates from local merchants and other prizes. These types of arcades, which require guests to be 21 or older, are popular with senior citizens. In Florida, the state's new anti-sweepstakes videogame law is forcing those adult arcades to fold up. Additionally, that new law has put amusement-only redemption operations run by FECs and route operators in legal limbo.
To crack down on cyber cafés offering electronic sweepstakes games, Massachusetts tightened its gambling law in 2011 so the definition of amusement devices does not include slot machines.
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