[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

New face mask guidance comes after battle between White House and CDC

Face coverings recommended, but Trump says he won’t wear one

Tensions Persist Between Trump and Medical Advisers Over the Coronavirus

Coronavirus: 10 Public Safety Regulations Set Aside in the Name of Public Safety

Child Lovers Everywhere: The Cabal, Derp Staters.... ("White Hats" and QAnon set the trap via CV 19 Op & Lockdown)

Coronavirus Playlist

Putting Jared Kushner In Charge Is Utter Madness

Are ‘Stay At Home’ Orders Constitutional?

The Creed of Slaves

Soros Org's Virus Playbook: Abolish Family, Free Prisoners And Take Properties Without Permission

Celebrity Whines About Being Quarantined In Luxury Mansion

FOREVER POLICE STATE: Fauci Says Lockdown Will Continue Until There Are No “New Cases” of Coronavirus

New Study Confirms Exercise is one of the Keys to Build Your Immune System for Corona Virus

Donald Trump Trashes Chuck Schumer In Letter: “I Never Knew How Bad A Senator You Are”

Schumer 'appalled' over Trump letter: 'Stop the pettiness'

COVID-19: Was This New Medical Police State Planned?

Franklin Graham Blasts Pelosi For Saying Trump Was ‘Fiddling’: ‘I Wonder What She Was Doing’

After Citizens Refused to Obey, Sheriff Reverses Decision to Close Gun Stores

Woman Threatens to Call Police on Neighbor For Violating Lockdown

12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic

'ChrisTophobic bigoTs' ... ouTraged ---- over Franklin Graham's Tent hospiTal

Our Views: Tony Spell is a minister who's a threat to life and should be locked up

Making a Cast Iron Pan Pizza (Best Cooking-Guy channel on YouTube)

STELLA'S (The Lab) BEST LEAF JUMPS OF ALL TIME

Problem, Reaction, Reset (Fork-in-the Road ---> HERE)

How to Worship Without Going to Church

Mike Pompeo: Coronavirus crisis "Live Exercise"?!

Trump Calls For $2T Infrastructure Package In Phase 4 Stimulus

Taking Rights Seriously

Virginia Man Shoots an Active Robber in Store, Is Arrested Himself

“Stayin’ Inside” – Corona Virus Bee Gees Parody

WHAT DOES “FREE EXERCISE” OF RELIGION MEAN UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT?

DC residents are now PRISONERS in their own homes; 90 days in jail for anyone caught ‘traveling without permission’

“One Of The Worst Coverups In Human History”: MSM Attention Turns To Chinese Biolab Near COVID-19 Ground Zero

The Police Power of the States to Control a Pandemic, Explained

Dad Getting Food for His Kids During Outbreak Owns 6 Cops Harassing Him for It

Why the Government Has Legal Authority to Quarantine

Close the Churches

PastorDies Of Coronavirus He Had Questioned

Depression about the ills of the nation

Blind Faith Meets Coronavirus Science In Potentially Deadly Clash

Bill Gates Calls for Complete National Shutdown

Louisiana church packed for services again despite charges against pastor amid pandemic

2010 Rockefeller Foundation Paper and The New Normal

MUST WATCH: 201 Event: The Planned Coronavirus Pandemic Simulation, SCRIPT & ACTORS (Oct 2019!)

BREAKING NEWS: President Trump pardons Julian Assage, Ed Snowden & Bradley Manning

Armed CiTizen ShooTs ... Kills AcTive ShooTer --- At Tulsa Shopping CenTer

Trump administration rules gun shops 'essential' amid virus

Justice Department IG Finds Widespread Problems With FBI's FISA Applications

Justice Department Looking Into Senator's Stock Sell-Off


Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

United States News
See other United States News Articles

Title: City Officials Want To Clamp Down on Dragon's Ascent, a Video Game That Pays Skillful Players
Source: Reason
URL Source: https://reason.com/2020/02/06/drago ... inia-game-gambling-regulation/
Published: Feb 6, 2020
Author: Masha Abarinova
Post Date: 2020-02-07 08:43:53 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 60

Mayor Muriel Bowser: "Immediate action is necessary to regulate these electronic devices before they infiltrate the city."

slot machine

(Yuri Smityuk/TASS/Sipa USA/Newscom)

Dragon's Ascent is a video game that rewards skillful players with cash. Regulators in D.C. and Virginia want to crack down on it, so they're moving to subject games of skill to the same sorts of rules that govern games of chance.

Hundreds of these machines have already appeared in stores and restaurants throughout Virginia, and the D.C. sports bar Penn Social wants to install the game too.

D.C. law defines gambling as "playing any game of chance for money or property." In a letter last October to the city's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, D.C. Deputy Attorney General Brian Flowers pointed out that Dragon's Ascent is not a gambling machine because it doesn't use a random-number generator or compensating algorithm to change the odds of winning. Players can cash out at any time and receive their refund from the establishment operator. It "is possible for a player to 'win' or make money every single time," Flowers added, "if the player is dedicated and patient enough."

Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging the D.C. Council to change the law so the city can do something about the game. "Immediate action is necessary to regulate these electronic devices before they infiltrate the city," Bowser said in a December letter to the council chairman, Phil Mendelson. Bowser fears that Dragon's Ascent and other games of skill may pop up at establishments that don't possess Alcoholic Beverage Control licenses, where the Council has no jurisdiction. Virginia has lost around $140 million in revenue thanks to unregulated games of skill, she warned.

For the sake of "immediate public safety concerns," Bowser intends to submit a permanent bill addressing the licensing, inspection, enforcement, and taxation of skill machines. The bill would build on a set of emergency measures enacted yesterday by the D.C. Council. Under yesterday's legislation, the games will be restricted to players over 18, and liquor-licensed establishments will have to apply for the right to install the machines.

"Right now, Dragon's Ascent is a legal game of skill," Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D–Ward 5) told The Washington Post. "So it's important for the consumer protections to be in place now rather than later."

Virginia legislators have also been looking for ways to tighten the government's controls on these games. Earlier this month, a bill was introduced in the Virginia Senate that would amend the state's definition of "gambling device." Currently, this refers to any machine or apparatus that uses "elements of chance" to determine whether to "eject something of value or determine the prize or other thing of value to which the player is entitled." Under the proposed legislation, machines "are no less gambling devices if they indicate beforehand the definite result of one or more operations but not all the operations. Nor are they any less a gambling device because, apart from their use or adaptability as such, they may also sell or deliver something of value on a basis other than chance."

Unregulated games of skill, Virginia legislators say, have lowered state lottery profits. Bowser's warnings about lost revenue suggest that she too is worried about the bottom line. Under all the fretful language about public health and order, these look like efforts to maximize the government's revenue streams.

(2 images)

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  


[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com