Lawsuit Challenges Gaming Machines in Missouri

A prosecutor in Platte County has accused a Kansas-based company of installing illegal gambling machines at convenience stores in the state.

The lawsuit alleges that Integrity Gaming LLC installed the machines at two different stores, which offered games of chance to customers. Those machines are illegal under Missouri state law, as they have no element of skill related to success. The case saw five machines seized last fall, and the owners of the convenience stores said that Integrity set up and installed the machines.

The gambling machines saw customers insert money, decide how much to bet, and select a game. If the pre-determined result is a winner, the customer wins, and then presents a ticket to the cashier, who pays out cash.

The case is being pushed by Platte County prosecuting attorney Eric Zahnd, who said, "We believe these sorts of machines are illegal under Missouri law. Ultimately, the court is going to have to decide."

The case is scheduled to be heard in December. We're following this story and will update readers as we learn more about the case.

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