Maine Veterans Groups Push For Video Poker Machines in Clubs
The American Legion and other veterans’ organisations in Maine are facing financial troubles as bingo revenues dry up. The drop in revenues results in less money being fed into the community and officers available to help veterans with their claims.
Officials are now trying to push legislation to allow them to put video poker machines in their clubs in order to try players back and away from casinos.
The American Legion Post 10 in Livermore Falls used to host up to 60 bingo players every night, however, the number of players dropped and in 2011 the club stopped holding games.
Now it relies on fundraising dinners which bring in about $200 a month to pay off the growing insurance and heating bills.
The clubs are hoping that a new law signed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage will help. The law puts 2% of the net revenue generated from the casinos into a fund to provide some financial assistance to veterans groups.
The groups have pushed in the past for legislation to allow video poker machines in their posts, however, while it was passed by lawmakers, it was met with strong opposition from anti-gambling groups and was vetoed by LePage.