Colorado Shuts Down Skill-Based Gambling Games

Colorado recently passed a law that bans skill-based slot machines. The businesses previously argued that these are legal games of skill. However, politicians and police have worked together to shut down these businesses. Undercover Denver Police recently raided shops that were still offering skill-based gambling machines, even after politicians requested that they be shut down. […]

Colorado recently passed a law that bans skill-based slot machines. The businesses previously argued that these are legal games of skill. However, politicians and police have worked together to shut down these businesses.

Undercover Denver Police recently raided shops that were still offering skill-based gambling machines, even after politicians requested that they be shut down. According to Denver’s 9News, three people were arrested on charges of illegal gambling.

“We have a grave disagreement with what law enforcement is doing,” said Chris Howes, who heads the Colorado Skill Games Association. He added that the games police confiscated were based on skill and not pure chance.

Protect Our Neighborhoods Fights Against Skill Based Gambling

Colorado’s law claims that skill-based games are exempt from gambling. But Protect our Neighborhoods has fought against the assertion that these arcade-style slots fall under the same distinction.

“Anyone who’s using the defense that these are purely games of skill is not being honest about what defines a slot machine in Colorado,” said Michelle Lyng, a spokeswoman for Protect Our Neighborhoods.

Skill Based Distinction Doesn’t Protect These Slots

The slot machines that were confiscated don’t look like standard slots. In fact, many have labeled these businesses as “adult arcades.” But Colorado authorities don’t see this matter the same way.

Those playing these games receive cash payouts rather than novelty prizes. Furthermore, only those 18 and older can enter these businesses.

Howes doesn’t believe that police should be able to seize the games until there’s a clear distinction on the laws.

“If the law is so clear that police can raid our businesses, then why is House Bill 1234 needed?” asked Howes. “We would say just vote no.”

This is the second time that Denver Police have raided such businesses. But the previous attempts didn’t involved anybody being arrested.

 

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