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W. Va. cashes in on video poker

Lawrence Messina and Vicki Smith of The Associated Press have a three-part series examining the impact of the video poker industry on West Virginia. They found that nearly 2,000 businesses have the gambling machines installed and "fifteen businesses, families or partnerships — out of more than 1,300 that held one or more licenses — collected one-fifth of the $173 million in profits, and accounted for a similar share of the money wagered and the revenue to the state." Video poker terminals are in all but one of West Virginia's 55 counties. Parts two and three address the concentration of ownership and state regulation.

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