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Harris County Attorney sues game room calling it a nuisance

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On Sunday, a man and woman wearing ski masks robbed the Treasure Island game room on Homestead Road.

They literally left a parting shot by opening fire on the security guard.

The Harris County Attorney's Office says the incident just illustrates why they've filed suit against the game room.

"Because we do believe this place is a common nuisance," said Celena Vinson, An assistant Harris County attorney.

But based on these pictures the business was a cash cow for owners.

While wads of dough could be seen everywhere, sharing it was obviously frowned upon.

Signs everywhere told customers don't ask to borrow money cause it's not going to happen.

"It seems like the owners are definitely in control," Vinson said. "There's no regulation so they decide what machines pay out if any."

Investigators say people who play in game rooms need to remember, this isn't Vegas.

These places are under no requirement whatsoever to ensure a percentage of payoffs.

In fact sometimes it's the complete opposite.

"We've been told that they set up scenarios and make it look like you're going to win big and they have people planted there to pretend that their machines are going to pay out when they know that person and again they can manipulate a machine at anytime they want it to."

If losing your money isn't enough incentive to stay away, remember just playing in game rooms can get you arrested.

And judging by the number of armed robberies at these places your odds are also good you could end up shot or robbed.

This latest suit is one of about half a dozen filed by the Harris County Attorney's Office aimed at illegal game rooms, ones that pay off more than the law allows.

Owners seem to fear these nuisance lawsuits more than criminal charges since it hits them where it hurts the most, in the wallet.

"This is a way to say business owner you're liable you can't just continue to operate in a way that harms the community, affects the neighbors," Vinson said.

Even though they didn't have to the owners of Treasure Island are now sporting a sign that says game room closed.

We spoke to Billy Hammond, he and his wife own the Treasure Island Game Room.

While Hammond denies all the allegations made in the county's lawsuit he tells us he has no plans of reopening the game room.

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