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Gambling that Moxie Mania is legal

   Moxie Mania … do you have it?

   The video gaming machines have been installed in 300 bars across the Buffalo-area. It's got its share of fans and regular players who have figured out the tricks to get the maximum payouts. But plenty of other people think it's a waste of time and money.

   The State Liquor Authority board is weighing whether the machines qualify as gambling devices. If they do, that means they're illegal and the machines will be yanked.

   The makers of the machines say they're legal, according to New York law, because they're games of skill and not chance.

   It's true that you can't just plunk some money into it, hit a button and hope for a big jackpot. Users have to play a fast-paced, complicated version of Tic Tac Toe in order to win any money. But they can win big.

    So what do you think? Is Moxie Mania just a juiced up slot machine? Or should they remain legal?
    … Maki Becker

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