Atlanta, Georgia (AP) --
The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that certain game machines are not illegal gambling devices but are legal coin-operated amusement machines.
The 4-3 ruling issued Monday, October 3 reverses a Georgia Court of Appeals decision.
The machines in question were involved in a Cobb County case.
In 2003, the Cobb County District Attorney's Office brought
legal action against 11 machines prosecutors said were illegal. A
Cobb County judge found seven of the machines legal.
Under Georgia law, coin-operated games are allowed if they
require skill, offer only free replays, non-cash rewards worth no
more than $5 for a single play, or points or tokens that can be
exchanged for rewards.
The Supreme Court found the games in the case meet the
definition of being manufactured for amusement purposes only and
are excluded from bans by the Georgia Legislature.