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Monday, January 14, 2008

In the Name of Tax Revenue Saving Small Businesses; City May Allow Low-Wager Gambling

1) Ban smoking in bars and restaurants. 2) Allow state-sanctioned gambling in non-proft venues, i.e -- American Legions, but not in for-profit businesses, i.e. -- bars. 3) Watch as small, neighborhood bars collapse from a dwindling customer base.

In response, Indianapolis tries to fix #2:

INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers in both the House and Senate have filed legislation to allow bars and taverns to offer paper pull tabs and other small-stakes gambling opportunities.

“I think there’s a realization that bars and taverns, particularly in smaller communities, are struggling,” said Rep. Matt Bell, R-Avilla, a co-author of the bill.[...]

House Bill 1153, authored by Rep. Dennis Tyler, D-Muncie, specifically authorizes bars and taverns to conduct Type II gambling, which is highlighted by pull tabs.

This game is similar to one offered by the Hoosier Lottery and something already allowed in charitable fraternal organizations or clubs.

Pull-tab distributors describe them as small paper games of chance used for profit-making or fundraising. The front side of the pull tab shows winning combinations of symbols and prizes a player can win. The back side of the pull tab has windows to open. If the symbols underneath the pull-tab windows match the winning combinations on the front of the pull tab, the player wins.

Generally, the tickets cost $1 each, and the game pays back about 70 percent of the money with 30 percent retained by the owner or group running the game.
Full article here.

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