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friscosardines



Joined: 22 Dec 2005
Posts: 5
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 3:45 am    Post subject: Multimedia Games Machines Seized Reply with quote

Multimedia Games Machines Seized
23 December 2005

ALABAMA – As reported by Austin Business Journal: "About 300 computer servers and sweepstakes video readers belonging to Austin charity gaming operator Multimedia Games Inc. have been removed from the Birmingham Race Course in Birmingham, Ala., by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

"According to Austin-based Multimedia Games, the sheriff's office served a warrant issued by an Alabama state judge for the race course, claiming the company's machines violate Alabama sweepstakes law.

"Multimedia Games has installed about 1,300 sweepstakes video readers at the Birmingham Race Course.

"But according to the company, the Jefferson County Circuit Court on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order preventing the Jefferson County sheriff from removing additional units, and essentially freezing matters until a preliminary injunction hearing, which is expected to be held Jan. 3.

"Multimedia Games says the machines can't be used at the Birmingham Race Course until after a preliminary injunction hearing, if at all…"
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DeepBlue



Joined: 19 Dec 2005
Posts: 121
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2005 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You would think that multi-million dollar outfits would check out the legality of their gambling machines more thoroughly.

Interested to see the outcome of this hearing, though.
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teddyfist



Joined: 24 Dec 2005
Posts: 9
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey frisco,Is there any related news about this?

Because I want to know what is the law being violated by this multimedia games machine.
Any one have a news about this one?
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rhandy



Joined: 26 Dec 2005
Posts: 6
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Need to hear the result of this one also.

Haven't seen the information of the machine.Also no rumors been heard on this one that this machine is doing maliscious activity.I think there the outcome of this is will be in favor of the owner.
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autumn



Joined: 20 Dec 2005
Posts: 22
Location: Texas
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 9:25 pm    Post subject: multimedia machines... Reply with quote

Hi..I have no idea what a multimedia games machine is. Can anyone tell me about it? Are they found only at race tracks, only in Alabama, or just where? Thanks... Smile
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rhandy



Joined: 26 Dec 2005
Posts: 6
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2005 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this is the thing you need to be inform.
Read this excerpts from a news.

Quote:
Turning up the pressure in a high-stakes legal standoff, the Schwarzenegger administration yesterday asked the manufacturer of a controversial video lottery machine to withdraw the devices from two California Indian casinos. If the company, Multimedia Games of Texas, refuses to cooperate, it could be banished from doing business in the state, the governor's attorney warned in a letter that some believe is aimed at a broader audience. "It is our view that Multimedia Games Inc., as a licensed gaming resource supplier, has an obligation to cooperate with the state in securing the removal of these (games) . . . in order to assure that it is not abetting a violation of state and federal law," attorney Peter Siggins wrote. James P. Sweeney, Copley News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11-17-04
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autumn



Joined: 20 Dec 2005
Posts: 22
Location: Texas
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2005 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, they're really cracking down on these machines. I read of several states that are removing them too. Here's an interesting article too:

"A 2002 Rhode Island Gambling Treatment Program research paper calls video slots "the most addictive form of gambling in history." Two out of three addicted gamblers said that video machines caused their gambling problems. Research found that people became "hooked" in just over a year.3

Video gaming is the most addictive form of gambling in history. "We found out that the men and women who 'got hooked' on video gambling became compulsive gamblers in about one year. Those who got hooked on other kinds of gambling (such as horses, sports betting, blackjack, etc.) became compulsive gamblers after about three and a half years," said researcher Dr. Bob Breen.4
A study, published in 2003, examining Southern Nevada Gamblers Anonymous members found a strong correlation between video gaming machines and addiction: "Without doubt, video poker machines were the game of choice for the G.A. members. Over two-thirds found the machines to constitute 'serious' problems for them."
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crazypete



Joined: 29 Dec 2005
Posts: 15
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

indeed video gaming is addictive.But I think all casino games are addictive.The gambling itself is addictive.Aren't they?
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autumn



Joined: 20 Dec 2005
Posts: 22
Location: Texas
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:55 pm    Post subject: gambling addictions.... Reply with quote

Yes, I agree, gambling can be addictive. But, so are cigarettes, alcohol, compulsive eaters, dieters, soft drinks, etc., etc...Smile Anything to an excess is never good. Whether it is easier to become addicted to gambling, rather than something else, is hard to say. We just hear a lot about it, because of the amount of money that's being spent. Is it bad for our health..probably not, other than loss of sleep, stress (which can be caused by anything)...but it's bad for those who throw away their savings or paycheck and neglect the necessities of living. Keeping priorities straight is not easy for some.
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DeepBlue



Joined: 19 Dec 2005
Posts: 121
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess though, if you can get people playing your machines, then lower the chances of winning, you are going to make a killing. Fortunately, these machines are being sourced and seized. Whereas some may be operating within the laws, I'm sure there are unscrupulous companies that aren't so worried about the publics best interests.
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