NC Group Wants Perdue To Veto Sweepstakes Bill

Amusement machine owners are pleading with Gov. Beverly Perdue to veto a measure that would extend a video poker machine ban in North Carolina to include computer-based sweepstakes games.

The Entertainment Group of North Carolina wrote Perdue on Friday asking her not to sign into law a bill approved by the General Assembly last week, saying thousands of people will lose their jobs. Perdue has indicated she will sign the bill.

The Entertainment Group includes video poker machine distributors before the Legislature banned them in 2006. This year's legislation applied to computer games popping up in Internet cafes and business service centers that look like video poker games.

The group wants the state to consider next year whether to revive the video gambling industry by the state regulating it and taxing it.


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  • by ppl are stupid on Feb 2, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    everyone thinks that ban banning video poker that you are gonna make your state better...wrong...who are u to tell ppl what they can and cant do with the money that they work for...and yes your are putting ppl out of work by doing this...hundreds of ppl...you might want to think about putting a little more effort into education on teen pregnancy prevention and drugs in schools...and how do we do that use some of the money u make from regulating the games...and please dont tell me that you are using the lottery money for that cause we all can see that is not working out...so for all those who say oh those poker machines are the devil and they are ruining families you might want to get a little better educated on what is really ruining the american family...
  • by Jim` Location: Grifton on Jul 19, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    Bev will do the right thing and sign the bill.
  • by gplaw Location: goldsboro on Jul 19, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    They say "tax us" so some townsships in the state did and the operators in turned sued the citys. So much for "tax us". The state tried to regulate these machines before the 2006 ban to payouts of $10.00 per day, how did that go guys? Where are all these jobs that will be lost most of these things are add on to other business like flea markets and other places where these people gather, which may add one employee. The other store fronts that have opened everywhere opened though a loophole in the law. they new that when they made that investment so how can they even have a voice. they took that GAMBLE
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    I don't know how many people this employs and I know the odds are definitely with the people running it, but let people choose for themselves. If the state really wants to help, reign in the abuse of welfare funds and food stamps, put pressure on banks to lower interest rates, and don't cut state employees salaries anymore!
  • by To Nathan on Jul 18, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    You must not understand how poker works. There are no house odds in poker. You are playing against other people like yourself. The casino takes what is called a rake which is about 1% of the pot that you are playing to win. They however could care less who wins the hand. Blackjack also has the lowest odds at 51% to 49% house favor. If you want to give examples at least use valid ones. Roulette and Keno have the most favorable odds for the casino. Like always the people who disagree with stuff have no knowledge on it at all...
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jul 17, 2010 at 05:00 PM
    I have no sympathy whatsoever for people who choose to gamble and lose money, but I can find no logical agreement for those who want to ban it. I do believe it should be taxed, and quite heavily. When you're sitting at a table playing poker or blackjack, the odds are generally in the house's favor. When you play it on a computer, the odds are set and controlled by the house. They may pay out a lot, but they only pay out a very small percentage of what they take in. They set these odds electronically. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. You can play poker or blackjack for free on your computer on many sites (e.g. Yahoo Games) with no money involved (win or lose). So if someone wants to spend all their money in these places, and the state can make money off it, I say go for it. It's just like the lottery. I won't participate but I won't rise up and tell my neighbor they can't.
  • by louise Location: Hertford on Jul 17, 2010 at 04:33 PM
    Wrong, my observation is they will not employ that many people, but the people will use unemployment checks, supplement checks and disability (?) checks to pay to play these games. So, the government checks and food stamps continue to pour in.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Jul 17, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    Legalize it, tax it & regulate it. Pretty simple really.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    I'm sorry they let you drink alcohol, gambling or the lottery is now in NC, all this to make a dollar. So now you want to close down a business who has found a way to make money and leave uncle sam out of it. What right do you have leave them alone better for them to be there than out killing or drugging for a living or driving drunk. It's there money let them spend it how they please people this is a free country or at least it should be. Now days a state trooper or police officer can drive drunk fall asleep at the wheel and a business that gives people a job can't even stay open there is something wrong with this picture. It has made the lines in the lottery register shorter in my area thank god for that. It has gave my community a place for people to go, no different than beach bingo banned that next right. Get a grip times have changed and so will people.
  • by JD Location: winterville on Jul 17, 2010 at 03:56 PM
    the nanny-state strikes again....pretty soon they will be telling us what color clothes to wear and what car to buy. and why is this? well, thru the dumbing down of america we have become bloated manatees who just want to be deep-dented by the government cause we are too spineless to say no to these assinine laws.
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