(03/13/2001)
Calhoun County has sixteen "gray" poker machines, according to a report issued by Gov. Bob Wise, who requested police make a study. The initial report says there are over 12,000 of the gambling devices in West Virginia.

Government and police have generally ignored the gray machines for many years, because they fall into a "gray" area of enforcement. State Senate President Earl Ray Tomblyn and his family have been described among the largest operators of the machines, until they sold their interests.

Governor Wise wants to tax the machines making them legal to generate money for college bound West Virginia children, or make them illegal instruments, with millions of dollars of revenue at stake.

The list of machines for Roane 17, Gilmer 24, Clay 24 and Wirt 7.


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