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Waialae Avenue arcade machines seized as illegal gambling devices

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:06 a.m. HST, Oct 16, 2013

Five alleged gambling machines were confiscated after a search warrant was executed Tuesday at a Waialae Avenue arcade game room, the latest in a number of seizures over the past few months.

The five machines and various records were seized at Pure Luck located at 3012 Waialae Ave., according to a press release from the Attorney General's Office. The seizure is part of an ongoing collaboration between the AG's office, City Prosecutor's office and other law enforcement agencies to crack down on illegal gambling operations.

"My office fully supports local law enforcement efforts to rid this state of enterprises that profit from illegal gambling in the state of Hawaii," Attorney General David M. Louie said in a statement. "I commend Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro for his dedication and commitment to remove illegal gambling devices from Honolulu and to disrupt and take down these illegal criminal enterprises." 

Lawyers for arcades in past seizures have contended the machines are not gambling devices.

Prior to Tuesday's seizures, law enforcement officers arrested a man on drug-related charges and confiscated seven alleged gambling devices from Game Zone II at 1750 Kalakaua Ave. in Century Center in September.

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iwanaknow wrote:
I see the gaming place by the Hauula 7-eleven shut down but 2 machines are in Masa's and two in Ching's store...go figure.
on October 15,2013 | 07:42PM
2NDC wrote:
The one in "Ching's Store" isn't a "gaming device". I put money in, it gives me back about double what I put in. Never fails. No "risk" for me. Simply double my money whenever I'm short on cash. :-D
on October 15,2013 | 09:44PM
droid wrote:
Kaneshiro’s foolish war on gambling wastes precious resources to the detriment of more important cases like murder, manslaughter, rape, armed robbery and assault. Gambling is as much a part of Hawai‘i culture as firecrackers and pakalolo. Those two vices are illegal in more states than gambling!

But no. Keith has to go for the “easy kill.” Where was Kaneshiro’s zeal for “collaboration” during the Christopher Deedy trial? For a city with highest per-capita of attorneys, surely there is someone better out there to fill Keith’s position as prosecutor.
on October 16,2013 | 02:02AM
DABLACK wrote:
Job security for Kieth and his people ??
on October 16,2013 | 07:32AM
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