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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 2, February 2011, Posted On: 2/13/2011

Police Seize Pusher Machines In California And Tennessee

Marcus Webb
coin pushers, coin-op machines, coin pusher seizure, Delano CA, Newport TN, arcade game, redemption game, amusement machine, coin-operated game, coin gaming machine, Wedges/Ledges, Wedges and Ledges

DELANO, CA and NEWPORT, TN -- Police in Delano, a small city north of Bakersfield, confiscated $4,000 in cash along with 14 coin-pusher machines citywide during the first week of February.

According to DPD Commander Lynn Venables, "They are all games of chance which are illegal by a penal code in the state of California where you are risking your money on a chance to earn more money back."

Venables also claimed the machines were affixed with "fraudulent state seals."

Certain pusher games are legal in California if operated properly; this has been the case since Wedges/Ledges of Redondo Beach, CA, won approval from authorities for the game of the same name back in the mid-1980s.

However, as previously reported by VT, on Nov. 9, 2010, the California Bureau of Gambling Control issued a somewhat confusing advisory bulletin that could be interpreted to mean that any risk-reward game was illegal.  | SEE STORY

Police said the machines had taken in $100,000 since August.

In a similar story on the other side of the country, local police seized about $600 and four pusher games from three locations in Newport, TN. Officials said the state attorney general had ruled the devices are illegal gambling equipment in Tennessee.

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