Commonwealth Policy Center

A widespread form of gambling in Kentucky will be illegal starting today. “Gray Machine” games resemble video slot machines, and are located in gas stations and convenience stores across the state. These devices, which feature video poker and blackjack, among other games, are extremely profitable for the owners. Some even call them “games of skill.” But the reality is that gray machines are unregulated, untaxed, and highly addictive. One player sadly described them as “skill for idiots” and said, “Playing them gives you something to do, keep your mind busy.” The proliferation of gambling devices across our state exploits vulnerable Kentuckians by preying on their hopes. And this is something the state government is firmly standing against with this ban.