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  • The Casino Kings

    The state of South Dakota partners with thousands of bars and restaurants that offer video gambling. The state takes in more than $100 million each year from the games, but basic information about who owns and operates the establishments is hidden from public view by state law. Using liquor license records and business registrations, the newspaper built a backdoor database of owners, officers and financiers that took six months. The reporting revealed a consolidation of licenses by a handful of individuals and partnerships in the state's most lucrative markets.
  • Unfavorable odds: Illegal gambling machines

    This investigation reveals how pervasive illegal video gambling is in Indiana and Kentucky and why it is largely overlooked and unofficially tolerated. The stories also explore the effect such unregulated gambling is having on people's lives. Prosecutors in Indiana cite the long odds of winning any convictions if they try to prosecute the bars and truck stops that own the gambling machines because Indiana has legalized casino gambling. The machines themselves pay out at about 55 to 60 cents per dollar compared with 80 to 93 cents per dollar at regulated, legal casinos.
  • Cashing Out

    WANE-TV examines problems with illegal use of video gambling machines in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The report reveals numerous breaches of the state law that allows local businesses to have video gambling machines for amusement only. A hidden camera investigation finds that bartenders often hand over pay-outs to the gamblers.
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    Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.) reveals how an assistant police superintendent was paying officers to line up bars and restaurants for the placement of gambling machines while negotiating a deal with a Nevada video gambling company, Nov. 24, 1993.
  • RAW DEAL

    WWOR-TV (Secaucus, N.J.) reports on the illegal video-gambling business in New York and New Jersey and how it is making millions of dollars per week for the mafia; finds that the machines are placed in blue-collar neighborhoods and are highly addictive, Aug. 5 - 7, 1991.