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Alleged Illegal Gambling Scandal

September 18, 2006

Gaming machines in Hinton fall in legal ‘gray area'

HINTON — The brother of District Attorney Bret Burns is a supplier of electronic gaming machines to stores in the state, including some within Burns’ jurisdiction.

Bret Burns is the district attorney for Caddo County and the brother of Chase Burns, who operates an Anadarko-based company, OK Coin, that supplied games to an Interstate 40 travel plaza in Hinton. Hinton and Anadarko both are located in Caddo County.

Bret Burns oversaw a raid earlier this month at the Chickasha Elks Lodge, during which gambling machines were seized. He has said local law enforcement officials - including Grady County Sheriff Kieran McMullen - provided protection to the lodge and helped decide who got to play the games and who didn't.

He has called on McMullen to resign.

Burns said he didn't know his brother supplied electronic games within his district and said his brother has told him most of his business is in Alabama and South Carolina.

One difference between his brother's games and the Elks Lodge games, Bret Burns said, is that his brother's games offer an item of value for each play, a four-minute phone card.

Another is that his brother's games are in open, public places, available for inspection by public officials, while the Elks Lodge games were “hidden in a back room, and only a select few people were allowed to play. They wouldn't even let all the Elks play,” he said.

McMullen declined comment, but he has said the reason for the Elks Lodge raid was Bret Burns' “long-standing animosity” toward him. Bret Burns said that is not the case.

The games like those at the Hinton Travel Plaza - one of which offers a jackpot of $9,000 - fall into a gray area of state gambling laws, according to their makers and suppliers, but some state prosecutors wonder if the machines are legal.

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Alleged Illegal Gambling Scandal
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