Commonwealth Policy Center

Video slot machines, known as “gray machines,” have popped up in mom and pop convenience stores across the commonwealth. These gray machines are unregulated and have no oversight from the government. The horse-racing industry is calling for these machines to be banned. They say they prey on children and problem-gamblers, which is true. But if they were truly concerned about the effects of video slots on the people of Kentucky, they’d stop preying on them at their multiple gambling venues found at the horse tracks. Critics question the horse industry’s motives because they don’t want any competition with their own video slot machines at their horse tracks located across the state. Even though the motive is disingenuous, if Kentuckians don’t want a proliferation of highly addictive slot machines, the Gray Machines need to go.