If Video Poker players want to hit the jackpot, they have to hurry. Well, state of North Carolina’s players at least does the same.
The popular electronic games video slot machines and video poker games have been embraced by other jurisdictions. At hundreds of North Carolina Internet cafes, business service centers and various other places, computer-based sweepstakes games have officially been banned.
On a Tuesday afternoon, as widely expected, a bill was signed by Gov. Beverly Perdue that bans the electronic games starting Dec. 1.
The North Carolina legislature, in early July agreed to extend the 2006 ban to games designed to attract consumers to purchase phone or Internet time, on video poker machines. To get around the previous ban, this was a way, said the ban supporters.
However, many video poker operators say that thousands of jobs will be eliminated by the ban.
The governor likely would sign the bill into law, Perdue’s office had said earlier this month. No bill-signing ceremony was held there.