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Video Poker Phase-out in Progress in North Carolina

Friday, October 06, 2006

RALEIGH – As reported by News 14 Carolina: "The video poker phase out has started. Beginning Sunday, any place with three or more video poker machines is breaking the law.

  two machines are allowed in each location starting with Sunday’s deadline. In March, that number will drop to just one machine, and then in July, there will be a ban on video poker machines anywhere.

"Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison says each place is already required to register its machines, so he doesn't foresee any problems with the 217 video poker locations in Wake County.

"'My honest opinion is when we go there we're going to find everything in compliance, but if not, we're going to take whatever action we need to take,' Harrison said.

"Currently, there are 29 places across the county that have three or more machines. There are 354 machines registered altogether. Machine owners, renters and players have tried to fight the new legislation, and they are suing to stop the phase out."

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