Greg Holder, the owner of a North Lake business called the Monte Carlo, where eight-liner machines were previously available to play, emailed the Bulletin Tuesday morning about an article about Holder's business that appeared in the same day's edition.
Holder said in the email that the Monte Carlo should not have been referred to in the article as a game room, because there is no longer a game room. The article should have referred to the business as a cafe, "as there is no longer a game room," Holder wrote in the email.
Holder also said he did not say the consensus among gaming people that he knows, is that they believed the eight-liners Holder operated were legal. "What I said was that the consensus (was) among people I discussed it with," Holder said. "Oddly enough, I don't know anyone in the gaming business. When I referred to people, that would be people that frequented my business. These would be people that came to my business and who also went to other game rooms. The consensus among them was that it was legal as long as you didn't pay cash."
Holder also said in his email that one of his customers told him that the individual who owned a game room, now closed, "was told by the authorities (when he discussed reopening his game room) that it would be OK if he had another business with it, like a coffee shop or a convenience store."
Holder said he didn't trade playbacks for merchandise. "That makes it sound like no sales taxes were paid," Holder said in his email. "… When someone purchased merchandise at my store they could use cash, playbacks or credit cards. In every case, a sales transaction was entered into the register and sales taxes were recorded. The total amount, including the sales tax, was collected from the customer, whether it was cash, playback card or credit card."