Glossary of terms in storefront gaming center debate

Glossary of terms in storefront gaming center debate:

Internet cafe: A place where customers can purchase Internet time and use computer terminals to access the web or play simulated games, often resembling casino-style games like poker, blackjack or slots. Winning customers receive the prize in cash or as winnings to buy more Internet time and more games.

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Adult amusement arcades: Sometimes called adult gaming centers, these businesses are often defined as any location that offers electronic gaming devices. Many of the businesses offer meals, snacks and beverages for their patrons. Winners receive gift cards to national retailers.

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Electronic gaming devices: Mostly known as an adult arcade machine, these look similar to slot machines. Governments often describe them as any machine that needs some form of a monetary payment for operation and provides some sort of payment in the form of merchandise. The games on these machines are usually a combination of skill and chance.

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Family amusement arcades: Think Chuck E. Cheese or the arcade at the bowling alley. These places are generally in the food and beverage businesses, and operate an arcade business that caters to families.

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Source: A 2011 state Senate committee on regulated industries report on Internet cafes; the city of Fort Lauderdale ordinance dealing with adult amusement arcades; Duval County ordinance dealing with adult amusement arcades.

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