Judge Tosses Out NC's Ban On Video Poker Machines

A state court judge has thrown out North Carolina's ban on video poker machines.

The order issued late Thursday says the state can't ban video gaming machine while also allowing the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to operate the games on their lands within the state.

The ruling won't lead to the immediate return of the machines.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning said his order
won't take effect while the state files an expected appeal.

Lawmakers abandoned a 13-year experiment with video poker
machines in 2006, imposing a phase out of the games that could
legally offer only $10 in merchandise as a prize.

The state's sheriffs had long complained about the video poker
machines, saying it was too hard to weed out those that illegally
offered large cash pay outs.


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  • by gary Location: goldsboro on Apr 5, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    I agree
  • by tammy Location: north carolina... on Feb 22, 2009 at 09:54 PM
    WHATS THE DIFFERENCE IN VIDEO POKER GAMES?? THAN BINGO.. SCRATCH TICKETS AND LOTTERY.. ITS ALL GAMBLING. THE PEOPLE WORK FOR THERE MONEY AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO WHAT EVER THEY WANT TO DO WITH THERE MONEY..IF THEY WANT TO PLAY LET THEM PLAY... DO ALL AGREE???????
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 22, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    The state runs the education lottery, collects the taxes, collects all the money and then spends that money as they wish, and i'll bet not always on education. With video machines thay don't have total control, they fear some one other than the state will profit.
  • by Jay on Feb 20, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    I hope you all know that playing the lottery and other gambling is nothing more than a Stupidity Tax. The more stupid you are, the more tax you'll pay (by playing more).
  • by George Bush is my Homeboy on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:46 PM
    I think this is a good ruling. I think I should have the right to hold up lines for lotery tickets as long as they are legal and I think I should be able to play video games. I like alot of machines. Poker, Pokim and Pokme.
  • by Dumb Guy Location: Near You on Feb 19, 2009 at 09:12 PM
    Heres the deal....if the goverment can't get there share of the profit...ie taxes, it will not be legalized...bottom line is $$$$
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    They brought the lotto, might has well bring in the machines. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander, however be aware, morals and vaules will start to faulter.
  • by Buzz Location: mill Creek on Feb 19, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    Well they ought to bring them back. You have to wait in line for 30 minutes at every convienience store for all the dumb people buying lottery tickets. Whats the difference. Buzz-
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