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Georgia High Court To Rule On Redemption Viddies

by Staff Reporter
Posted On: 6/14/2010

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ATLANTA -- Georgia's Supreme Court heard arguments on June 7 regarding proper limits for cash awards paid to players of coin-operated videogames. Attorneys for the state argued that adult redemption videogames violate Georgia's gambling laws if they allow players to accumulate points and rewards that exceed the statutory $5 per play limit. According to local press outlets, some games enable players to win up to $500 through accumulated plays.

The case dates back seven years to a raid in Cobb County, where authorities seized 13 games. Raids have continued across the state since then, including several actions this year that seized $500,000 in cash from a single location, as well as arrests (or arrest warrants) for at least two dozen operators or location owners on charges of illegal gambling.

On May 26, Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a new law to take effect July 1 that tightens the rules for adult redemption games and increases taxes.