A 19th century roulette wheel and other old gambling equipment were held by state agents from an antique store under a law prohibiting the tenure of unlicensed gambling equipment, authorities said.
“These are not gambling devices. These are antiques,” said Ron Turner of the Cowboy Cabin.
Those arguments failed to convince three agents with the state Department of Justice Gambling Control Division who showed up at the store Jan. 31.
The agents seized two roulette wheels and two punchboards. The agents said they would return for a handful of other items. Turner said the items are worth an estimated $77,000.