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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 9, September 2012, Posted On: 8/28/2012

Maryland Approves Pull-Tab Machines For Vet Clubs

by Staff Reporter
TAGS: pull-tab game, pull-tab machines, Maryland pull-tab market, amusement operator, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Maryland Legislature on Aug. 15 approved a gambling expansion bill that will permit up to five electronic or mechanical pull-tab machines in every veterans organization post, according to a story in The Frederick News-Post.

It is unclear whether amusement operators will be permitted to participate in the pull-tab market, which becomes legal on Oct. 1.

Statewide, the pull-tab market may comprise as many as 2,000 machines.

There are 110 posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Maryland; slightly fewer posts are maintained across the state by the American Legion.

The pull-tab authorization measure requires a 90% payout and applies statewide with the sole exception of Montgomery County. For each $100 earned, the state will take $45, most of which will eventually go for veterans' affairs and services, and the location will receive $55.

Some veterans' organizations in the eastern part of the state already have nearly 300 slots, which earned more than $3 million in 2008, said the paper.

Maryland is the second state to legalize electronic pull-tab machines in recent months. As earlier reported by Vending Times, Minnesota legalized the machines effective July 1; that market is expected to launch next year. | SEE STORY

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