Florida Judge Denies Broward County Arcades' Effort to Block Gaming Ban

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    AP/Carolyn Kaster

    A federal judge has denied an attempt by operators of two Broward County arcades that sought to block enforcement of part of new law banning simulated slot machines or other casino-style games.

    U.S. District Judge James Cohn ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by the Boardwalk Brothers and Play It Again Fla arcades that cater to senior citizens. They challenged part of the new law passed in the aftermath of a racketeering investigation into a veterans charity that operated Internet cafes labeled by authorities as illegal gambling operations.

    The lawsuit claimed the law is vague and arbitrary as it applies to arcades, which differ from Internet cafes. But Cohn ruled the state has legitimate interests in passing the law.

    Local law enforcement agencies are tasked with enforcing the law.