|According to the Reuters news agency, on Tuesday, January 15, Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger overturned the recently passed law in the State of Georgia that makes poker, keno, and other casino games illegal when featured on gaming machines. |
'The law criminalizes a game when it is being played and operated as a game. This is the sort of lawmaking which poses a real threat to liberty,' the judge wrote in his opinion.
The decision favors gaming companies Old South Amusements and Gameworld Inc., which had challenged the state ban on the grounds that the law violated basic property rights. The aim of the law, as stated, was to make it illegal to own or operate gaming machines that featured the popular casino games mentioned. Judge Goger's decision alludes to an even greater right than the right to own property -- the right to play poker. As a game, at least.
Georgia Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor said he was disappointed in Judge Goger's ruling. 'I'm certain that Attorney General (Thurbert) Baker will appeal this decision and appeal it vigorously.'
Supporters of a video poker ban in Georgia say the struggle to rid the state of the machines is far from over.