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Bar Owners: West Virginia Video Poker Too Costly

24 July 2001

WEST VIRGINIA – July 24, 2001 –As reported by the Associated Press: "Some West Virginia bar owners say they cannot afford to operate legalized video poker machines to be licensed in bars and clubs under a new state law.

"That complaint was among several the state Lottery Commission looked at Monday as it reviewed public comments on proposed rules for the video poker law.

"Carr Evans, owner of the Cherokee Lounge in Clintonville, wrote that the establishment has had machines for over 10 years without receiving `any major profit.'

"…`To pay the state over $2,500 annually just to keep the machines is too expensive for a small business owner to bear,' Evans wrote. `This is just another example of government making it very difficult for any business to stay in the state and turn an honest profit.'

"…Lottery spokeswoman Libby White said the commission has so far received 132 applications for retail licenses. White said Monday she was unsure how many machines were requested.

"…The law legalizes 9,000 video poker machines, restricts the number of machines per business and allows the state to tax the games to fund scholarships, teacher pay raises and infrastructure…"

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