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November 11, 2003

Albany-- You remember last year's big controversy over video poker in Georgia? The General Assembly made it illegal even to possess the machines, but that hasn't put a stop to video gambling.

Albany Police, Dougherty County Deputies, and District Attorneys investigators confiscated 28 illegal machines from ten stores, including six at one store at Jefferson Street and 8th Avenue.

BP Newton Rd.
One Stop W. Oakridge
Oasis Gillionville Rd.
Chevron N. Slappey
Chevron Stuart Av.
Pelham’s Grocery N. Jefferson St.
Priya Food Mart S. Jefferson St.
Petro Brierwood
Dixie E. Broad Av.
A&S Foods Moultrie Rd.

Prosecutors believe the stores were paying out cash, but the odds are stacked against players.

"These people who can't afford to play it," said Ken Hodges, District Attorney. "We're talking about people who live paycheck to paycheck, are going out and putting their dollars in them and then they're not taking that food money home for their children and not paying child support and not doing the things they need to be doing with that money."

Even if the store owners didn't offer pay outs, they could face misdemeanor charges for possessing the machines.

posted at 5:35PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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