Video Gambling Devices

40 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2011

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Ronald J. Rychlak

University of Mississippi, School of Law

Date Written: 1990


Illegal video gambling is a multi-million dollar industry. The industry’s rise has been accompanied by an increase in gambling addiction, public corruption, and organized criminal activity. Many existing state gambling statues are antiquated and do not apply to video gambling devices. Even states with up-to-date gambling statutes have failed to control the proliferation of video gambling devices. This paper discusses the history of gambling, the rise of video gambling devices, problems associated with the devices, enforcement undertaken by the federal government and certain states, and a model statute for dealing with video gambling devices.

Keywords: video gambling devices, skill, chance, slot machine, pinball machine, free replay, knock off switches, gray area gambling, organized crime, Johnson Act

Suggested Citation

Rychlak, Ronald J., Video Gambling Devices (1990). Available at SSRN: or

Ronald J. Rychlak (Contact Author)

University of Mississippi, School of Law ( email )

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P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677
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