Eight-liners, video pokers, sweepstakes videogames and a curious novelty known as the Jukebox Coin Pusher have sparked crackdowns and controversy in several states this month.
In Texas, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department seized 344 eight-liner games and $74,000 in raids of seven locations on June 25. Officials said criminal charges are expected to follow. Eight-liners are legal in Texas, but cash payoffs are illegal.
In New Hampshire, where a statewide ban on sweepstakes videogames took effect recently, operators Scott and Cindy Loring of 3D Business Centers (Portsmouth and Seabrook) are suing the state on the grounds that the ban is unconstitutional, according to local news outlets. | SEE STORY
In Ohio a Cuyahoga County judge has issued a series of rulings since June 14, permitting 16 sweepstakes games locations to reopen. The judge said sweeps games are not gambling devices. The action effectively voids a "cease and desist" letter issued by the county prosecutor against 51 locations back in May, as earlier reported by VT. | SEE STORY
In Florida, Andy Kline of Game Gallery Amusements and Rentals (Tampa) said he has placed more than 100 units of a machine he calls the "Jukebox Coin Pusher" in various locations. Local news outlets said police in various jurisdictions consider the game an illegal gambling device, but that Kline is fully prepared to defend the game's legality. "We're ready for this," Kline said. "I've been waiting for a challenge."
According to a description by the Tampa Bay Times, the machine combines a conventional pusher mechanism and a song-playing apparatus. Dropping a quarter onto the moving metal shelf rewards the player with a song credit and starts the machine playing a randomly selected tune. Kline and his attorneys said the device is legal under Florida statutes because skillful players are more successful.