SLOT MACHINES ARE GAMBLING
State legislators from Harford County plan once again to propose a bill this year that would allow fraternal organizations have slot machines in their clubs as a way to raise money. A lot of online slots are already hijacked with the usual fanfare, wrapped in the red, white and blue of veterans clubs just trying to raise a littlecoin so they can keep their clubs up to par and help local charitiesin need.If this year’s rendition of this old song similar to the failed them in the last three years, half of the money taken in from the machines to be used for charity while att pretty vague, it has a healthy ring.
But what Harfordsstate lawmakers will not tell you when proposing this bill is thatit is not a panacea for charity fundraising, but is being done purely to satisfy the huge number of veterans in the county to keep their votes.You also won t find in the fiscal impact statement on this bill in unhealthy tales of misery from hundreds of people inMaryland who have become addicted to playing these games machine sand going broke way.Slot machines and their modern cousins, video poker machines are legal in a number of counties. But they canbe found in many out-of-the-way bars and veterans clubhouses throughout the state.
State Police had no trouble finding illegal slot machines and video poker machines when they raided a dozen bars and veterinarians’ clubs in Harford a few years Solts Games seemed ubiquitous. And they were full of coins – unexpected for the bars and veterinarians’ clubs. Vice investigators estimated a machine could take well over $ 100,000 a year. They cost about $ 6,000. Leaders of Harford veterans groups have argued that the machines are harmless and gives confusion and fun no more harmful for the player than Pac Man or Nintendo.Cassilly, the county state’s attorney, himself a decorated vet, then argued for years now. He pointed to several examples of people who have come to him complaining of spouses and friends financially ruined from playing machines.Today fandangled slot machines will take dollar bills and the 50Slot machines, whether they have the card or fruit game on the screen, a gambler pleasure dome.