"Operation Game Over" snags over 100 illegal gaming machines

Palestine, Texas (KETK) - Several illegal gambling operations are shut down, following raids by law enforcement.
 
Palestine police seized gaming machines and cash in what they called "operation game over."
 
At 7 AM Friday Palestine PD came-a-knocking at three illegal game rooms in town.
 
This was the culmination of nearly a month of undercover work, Chief Andy Harvey says they targeted the locations with the heaviest traffic.
 
"It took our officers going into the establishments and really playing the games and really seeing what they did in there," said Palestine Police Chief Andy Harvey. "And what we found is that they're not doing what they're saying they're supposed to be doing."
 
Often times these machines, both legal and illegal, are referred to as some sort of sweepstakes.
 
At J&R Lounge Charity Sweepstakes, the largest operation, investigators dismantled the machines before taking them away.
 
A detective described the confiscated machines as "a digital form of a scratch off lottery ticket".
 
"Those machines look very addicting just like many things you can see around, it looks like a trap to get people to spend their money," said Hank Edwards, a Palestine resident.
 
Players are rewarded with cash not based on skill but on chance which, in short, makes them against the law.
 
"Gambling is gambling, illegal gambling is just what it is," said Chief Harvey. "If you want to gamble go to Shreveport, it's legal over there it's not legal in Palestine."
 
Police say well over 100 machines were confiscated and many people in the community are happy to finally see those machines go.
 
"A lot of those places, I've seen in the past, has a lot of criminal activity hanging around there and a lot of not really bad people but there's a lot of mischief that goes on around those places," said Jacob Minton, Palestine resident.
 
Chief Harvey hopes this sends a clear message to anyone else taking part in illegal gambling.
 
"Not in Palestine, that's just not going to work here."No arrests were made during the raid.
 
The district attorney also spoke at the press conference, she said once everything is reviewed they'll decide if anyone will be charged.

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