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Poker Machines back in Georgia?

February 28, 2003

Albany-- Banned video poker machines might return to Georgia.

For two years, the machines have been rounded up as illegal contraband. Now, a bipartisan group of House members are introducing a bill to undo the ban--saying the machines would amount to more than 30 million dollars a year in state revenue.

Dougherty County District Attorney Ken Hodges says reversing the law would be a mistake, "It's impossible to enforce the law the way it was before. Too many store owners pay under the table and there were too many loop holes and we don't have adequate law enforcement resources to enforce the law as it was written before. If we plan to go back to that we might as well legalize gambling,"

Gambling would still be illegal, but the law would allow prizes up to five dollars on the video poker machines.

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