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by Peter Moskos

September 8, 2008

Gambling machines seized from bar

At many many bars in Baltimore, there are video gambling games. Video poker games. Not video games. Not Ms. Pac Man or Galaga. These are not something you would play for fun. You play for money. They're gambling games. If you're a regular, the bartender will pay you out if you win.

Police raided some at a bar I was in a few times.

The story is here.

I don't get it. I don't like gambling in bars, because it tends to make the drunks grouchy. Nobody is more grouchy than a drunk who is losing money gambling. But this is the same state where Keno is legal. And many of these bars couldn't survive without the added income. Everybody knows these games are for gambling. So what? I'd hate for a corner bar to be closed and shut and boarded because the state wants to keep it's gambling monopoly.

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