Fish game arcades are popular in NC — but are they legal?

Fish game arcades are popular in NC — but are they legal?

North Carolina has banned video poker for 12 years, but now fish game tables are the new trend. According to arcade operators, they’re following state law because the money a person can win is based on skill not luck. Officials say otherwise.


  1. basty Barr Barrios on December 22, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    What game is that

  2. crabie69 on December 22, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    No offense, but I notice these Fish Game Parlor/Arcades are in low income black neighborhoods. Makes me wonder WHO buys these machines then puts them in run down strip malls or old boarded up gas stations. Someone is racking in the $$$$$

  3. Bob Loblaw on December 22, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Keisha fine

  4. Terran on December 22, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Yes they’re legal. Leave these folks alone damn!

  5. abrooker01 on December 22, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    My only thing is just like cash advance places they only put them in the hood so we people of color can be taken advantage of. You will never see these things in the white side of town. Makes you wonder…

  6. Deshawnique3 mann on December 22, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Where is this at

  7. Nick Hall on December 22, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Leave people alone having fun

  8. Eric W on December 22, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Lol 9 times out of 10! Sure thing

  9. Jdub jsjs on December 22, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    I wanna play this! Looks fun

  10. SHAIKH ABDUL BASIT on December 22, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    how much game plz pakistan amount tell me,

  11. アクア on December 22, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Shut it down. I’ve seen a few of these and they always have dudes outside begging for 10-20 bucks so they can get back in the game. Sad and potentially dangerous.

  12. Bobby on December 22, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    People: try to have fun minding their own business
    Police: :O

  13. prolific grower on December 22, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Allegedly I know spots in LA. Real shady full of tweakers. Haha

  14. Cash on December 22, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    ocean king 3

  15. World Aquarium Singapore on December 22, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Zip the fishes ;D i like fishes

  16. Abelard Munar on December 22, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Wow! we have those machines in Kids Arcades here in the Philippines

  17. Betty Boom BOOM on December 22, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    I have lost all my money on these games several times.. Had to sell my car…pawn my addicted to them bad.they have ruined my life.i have nothing.i can’t pay my rent.i contemplate SUICIDE every other day…i don’t know what to do my life is OVER

  18. Alma3 Concepcion on December 22, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    si halguien habla español llamarme oh mandar direccion

  19. Homing Game on December 22, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Nice Video.Thanks for sharing. fishing game like ocean king 3 fishing game,monster awaken,fire phoenix is most popular fishing game now in USA,especially in NC,Texas, is skill game,bace on bullet skill to kill the fish,not belong to gaming machine.

  20. Annuit Cœptis on December 22, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    So it’s illegal to operate a buisness at 3am? Someone needs to tell 7/11 that..
    Cause they are a cash buisness and as ll kinds of shaddy activity goes on… although shaddy activity seems to be running our country… But hey it’s ok that a State has a lotto and scratch off tickets being sold out of every gas station grocery store with games that we played as a kid like monopoly etc… tell me how that’s not targeting underage children to condition them mentally to buy once they are over the age of 18? Or the fact scratch off games like bingo or word search style tickets are lotto favorite to issue because the winning claim rate drops drastically because people just did not realize it was a winner…. Also I thought this was the USA you know land of the free… not to be scrutinized or singled out as a target by tyrannical police run by the justice system….

  21. Space Manouevres on December 22, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Chris Wallace”GIVE ME LOOT,GIVE ME LOOT” righteous!!

  22. Tiffany Scriven on December 22, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    I love to play the tables

  23. SHAIKH ABDUL BASIT on December 22, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    veery nice

  24. Grand Marble on December 22, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Machines was designed for token in a kids arcade some scallawag decided to say let’s make cash off this now look at us addicted to a child’s toy losing Thousands

  25. Zombie Power Drink on December 22, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Polece and the government needs to leave thease people alone

  26. Mai Faamai on December 22, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Hawai’i is loaded with these machines

  27. Pur Nomo on December 22, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    When this table come in indonesia

  28. Realgrower on December 22, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Tweaker hangouts

  29. Slime Zone on December 22, 2020 at 10:34 pm
  30. fuyi mo on December 22, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Fishing game machine
    More content

  31. Su po po aung on December 22, 2020 at 10:35 pm


  32. Yankee Chef on December 22, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    I have one about two miles from my home. It’s an eyesore and it’s a place for crime. It doesn’t belong here. I’m so glad they are shutting them down.

  33. BRIGHT ST TV on December 22, 2020 at 10:39 pm


  34. Jackie Phillips on December 22, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Can anyone tell me where i can play in north or south carolina

  35. Em C. on December 22, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    As a computer programmer we coded these to make you lose. There’s a reason they’re broke in these sketchy location

  36. John Vinson Go on December 22, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    As long as there’s no any monetized rewards involved. Some CHN operated Amusement Centres does otherwise. They are promoting monetized rewards in exchange of the number of tokens collected from the said machine. Thus, the machine is notoriously banned in all of China and other parts of the world.

    Heck a lot of Amusement Centres are focusing on Gambling Machines that spouts out tokens that can’t be exchange to any item or monetized value as these Gambling Machines are the best Money Grabbers when one visits an Amusement Center. These Amusement Centres can generate $40,000-50,000 per branch per month. If you have 100+ branches you can easily genetrate $4,000,000-5,000,000 per month with these machines.

  37. Mueed Bhatti on December 22, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Very nice

  38. Uso Squad on December 22, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Welcome to Hawaii..🤣🤣

  39. 506 Jewboy on December 22, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    5cent get off the table. Can’t make no money playing 5 cent.

  40. Redd Dizon on December 22, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    its not gambling. There’s actual skill involved in knowing which fishes to go after and which fish not to waste time on. You can control where you shoot the bullet.

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  42. Dontavious McNeill on December 22, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Y’all wack. This literally causes no fuss. Cornballs

  43. GS Auto on December 22, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    There is a method to it. And also its time North Carolina admits its involvement in gambling.
    This is just bingo at a whole-nother level.
    Its funny how the NC ABC and ALE can regulate something that the FDA already has like alchohol when those stores dont sell tobacco. Its wrong and technically illegal by federal law.
    Its a state run maffia plain and simple and there is no need for the ABC or ALE since prohibition was repealed in the previous ceentury.
    Also the NC State lottery rakes in vast amo7nts of money that does not help with education which has dropped dramatically since it was established in 2005 or so, therefore not helping with NC state public schools which are of the bottom ten worst education systens in the country and 8 territories.
    The fire and police hold raffles, and lotto types events all the time which is highly illegal by US law title 18.
    You have more "chance" and the odds are on your side at these places better than bingo and especially better odds than the NC state lottery.
    It is not fair for some rich people and high level education directors and members of state legislature and state congress to profit off of gambling and then condemn the citizens like subjects to a monorchy and keep them from profiting the same way except there really does require some skill to play these game, not to mention the NC state lottery is illegal and illegally run.
    The wages for those behind the state lottery in NC have risen and risen and so too the educational monarchy that runs one of the poorest education sysytems in the nation.
    3 to a math book in highschool is a normal thing in the year 2019 in North Carolina!
    The true reason the heat is on this business like the officer in the news report is because of bigotry, racism, and the one the news is barred from broadcasting; financialism.
    Its actually illegal for that civil servant or any state or federal civil servant to broadcast views of discrimination.
    People get robbed anywhere. Should gas stations be illegal? Because they get robbed more than banks.
    The DA in Guilford County said it best when he said " i just dont see how it could be fair for a person who works 40 hours or more at minimum wage to walk in a place spend 14 dollars, and walk out with the money for all thier rent and bills after 30 minutes of playing".
    Lets read that again!!!
    And again!!!!
    And again!!!
    Thats straight bigotry right there.
    The haves clearly do not want you to work for a living within state and federal guidlines and be able to better yourself or save up or have anything better than what you have or be able to pay your bills with ease at all.
    He clearly believes in a caste system where blacks, minorities, and poor whites must stay and endure a life of poverty.
    He clearly spoke of the customers and not the owners because many owners are police, fire, ems, and property owners of shopping centers and restaraunt franchises who go to the same lodge as him.
    Wow, I know, I just said it and called him out as a sorry bag of old bigots and confederate aristocrats who side with the royal crown over the United States of America.
    He is a sorry excuse for an american as the civil servant above in the video.
    The reason you cant better yourself in North Carolina by using your own money to tour advantage is because people like that Guilford County DA and this officer have a system of checks and balances against the We People of The United States of America! They can gamble your fines and tax money (which they already do) for a new glassed in porch on one of their properties while you serve them and their spoiled children at McDonalds or make them expensive furniture for 25 cents more than minimum wage in High Point NC and breath raybestos all day in 150 degree heat in a factory for 16 hour shifts with one 25 minute break.
    Aristocrats at work always taking and never giving in North Carolina!!!
    They should just be honest and admit to being bitter angry hateful people and tell everybody they loathe the less fortunate because they feel they are superior.

  44. ten on December 22, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Long before these places came along businesses were being robbed. All towns and cities without jobs and opportunities are going to have a high crime rate. And today, businesses like these have been closed down. Literally today. How dare they say they’re trying to protect people, they don’t care about those people or any victims of robbery. Only reason why they bother these places is because they want money going into that stupid pointless legal thievery called NC Education Lottery. They need to stop infringing upon our rights to do what we want with our hard earned money. I’m sick of states in the U.S. telling people what to do with their lives and their bodies. 2019 and lawmakers are still trying to control people like we’re slaves of some master. Well, in my neck of the woods Eastern NC, you lawmakers managed to ruin our little freedom to enjoy ourselves the way we decide to which as is our human right. Whether those games are legal or illegal or whatever, we enjoy them and each other in these places. And don’t think that just because my money isn’t going into these fun money-giving games that it’s going into your shitty lottery

  45. Dauntae Wilks on December 22, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Hell I have fun playing them also the money I win lol

  46. Dave N Japan on December 22, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Our Tax payers money being well spent"

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