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Iowa Capital Dispatch: slot machine or a game of skill?

Iowa Capital Dispatch deputy editor Clark Kauffmann chronicles a legal dispute over Iowa how Iowa regulates casino-style “amusement devices” in bars and other venues:

Electronic games that look like slot machines are strictly regulated in Iowa, with restrictions on prizes and player age limits. But the difference between those devices and the less-regulated games of skill commonly found at county fairs and at carnivals isn’t always clear.

Red Line Vending, a New Hampton, Iowa, company that supplies bars and nightclubs with pool tables, dart boards, jukeboxes and gaming devices, is now suing the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals over the agency’s refusal to approve two of its video games, Lightning Skill and Gold Skill I, as “amusement concessions.”

In court filings, Red Line officials say the two games “are simply modern-day, digital versions of conventional carnival games.” The company calls DIA’s stance “the poster child for administrative-agency overreach.” DIA claims otherwise and in a court brief says “Red Line’s games are unquestionably de facto slot machines.”

Read the story in Iowa Capital Dispatch.

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