Friday, May 12, 2006

Senate Wants To Ban Poker Machines


North Carolina's senators want to get rid of video poker. Thursday they unanimously passed a bill banning the games state-wide.

Now the bill goes to the house where it has died four times before.

There are more than 10,000 video poker machines statewide -- 300 in New Hanover and nearly 100 more in Brunswick County.

Once again a local state senator says they've got to go.

Duplin County Sen. Charles Albertson is behind the move. He says there's just no reasonable way to regulate the games. He says they attract a criminal element.

The state's sheriffs agree. All 100 have signed petitions to see the machines banned.

Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewitt says just a few days ago an illegal Fayetteville video poker parlor was found with $1 million in cash. He says the games are a major money maker for organized crime.

Sheriff Hewitt said, "They claim that they're small mom and pop businesses. How many small mom and pop businesses can you get together and find $1 million cash on a given day?"

He says the state's sheriffs are once again pushing the legislature to ban the machines.

Similar attempts have failed in the state house the past four years.

Despite attacks from law enforcement some video gaming establishments say they're operating 100 percent legally and believe they should be left alone.

Most anything that you can make money with will attract criminals, including politics, so I have to disagree with this messure. If you catch someone breaking the law, bust them but don't limit law abidding citizens also. I think maybe they just don't want any competion against the lottery.

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I agree with the legislation which aims to ban credit cards as a payment method for online gambling of any sort... and i think it should be enforced worldwide – not just in America. In fact, gambling with a credit card should be banned full stop. Not just on the internet. It’s a no brainer when you consider you are placing backing the outcome of an uncertain event with somebody else’s money. Chance and credit do not mix well in my opinion, and continuing to allow it would only contribute further in negatively affecting the high levels of personal debt many citizens today find themselves in. I do however, think that the prohibition won't work; or at least it won’t be received well amongst gamblers - I mean what’s the point in banning a credit card payments made on an online poker game, for example, but not on other kinds of online sports betting? Slightly hypocritical no? I mean how can you allow someone to participate [with or without a credit card] in online horse racing betting, but not put any money on a hand of texas hold’em poker? both activities involve a large degree of chance, and neither are guaranteed to yield financial return.
What really infuriates me is that the minority of irresponsible gamblers [those paying with someone elses money!] have now ruined the fun of online betting for everyone else - those like me who pay with money they actually have in their bank!!
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