3 Denver businesses raided for illegal gambling
By Bob Garcia
It’s a gamble that some are willing to take, but seldom pays off in the long run. Running an illegal gambling operation in the US invariably leads to trouble with the law, and every week there is at least one more bust made. The latest comes out of Denver, Colorado, where the net dropped over three different businesses involved in suspected illegal gambling operations.
Following an investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations that spanned 11 months, Denver police swooped down on the three businesses yesterday. They seized thousands of dollars’ worth of gambling equipment and arrested three individuals. The three businesses are owned by one couple, Tammy Garamova and her husband, Bagarat Garamov.
The three businesses were suspected of illegally operating video and electronic games that allowed players to pay to win prizes and money. American Pride Skill Games on E. Darmouth Ave., El Dorado Skill Games on Sheridan Blvd. and La Fortuna Skill Arcade on S. Federal Blvd. were all targeted in the raids. The investigation continues, with questions still remaining over whether or not the machines are considered games of chance or of luck.
Earlier this week, the Colorado State House passed a bill, HB 1234, that would outlaw games that claim to be games of skill but are, in fact, games of chance. The Garamov couple was present at the State Capitol just last week to show lawmakers that the games are more akin to video games than to slot machines. That bill is now on its way to the State Senate.