San Benito Cracking Down On 8-Liner Arcades

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 8:29pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am

The City of San Benito is cracking down on illegal 8-liner arcades.
San Benito's proposed new rules come as one game room sits empty after a raid there..
City leaders want to stop arcades from giving out cash prizes.
Cameron County District Attorney Investigators shut down the spinning wheel arcade on Sam Houston, seizing 59 8-liner gaming machines, and nine thousand dollars in cash.
Now city leaders are planning to review the city's 8-liner regulations, making them tougher.
Currently the city charges $75 for an annual permit with a $50 renewal fee.
City commissioners say they're hoping to raise the permits cost to $500.
By doing this, they hope it will reduce the number of arcades operating.
News center 23 caught up with a few San Benito residents to see what they think of the city's plans to crack down.
Melissa Molina says, "I just think that's a really bad idea, because everyone goes to them, everyone goes, and if you make it harder, you'll lose business because nobody will go to them anymore."
Joe Najera says, "In a way, it would be good, in a way bad, they should make it legal, they can generate more revenue, more income."
Authorities say there are about eleven, 8-liner game rooms, which are currently operating in san benito.
Arrests are still pending for the raid at the spinning wheel arcade.

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