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Pool hall owner arrested over gambling machines

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

The owner of a local pool hall faces charges over gambling machines found in his establishment, Decatur police said.

Glen Lang Sadler Jr., 61, of Madison turned himself in to police Wednesday on the misdemeanor charge of possessing a gambling device.

Police said they obtained a warrant for Sadler after agents seized five gambling machines in Tuesday's raid
on his establishment, the Decatur Cue Club.

Sgt. Faron White, head of the Organized Crime Unit, said customers at the pool hall, 1926 Central Parkway S.W., received cash payouts based on scores from the machines.

Citizens' complaints about the machines at the pool hall prompted police to investigate, White said.

One of the seized machines, called "Pot of Gold," is an actual slot machine with a slot and a chute and tray to deposit winnings, White said.

"They had it blocked off so it wouldn't drop money, but what they were doing instead was printing off tickets and cashing them in at the counter," White said.

The other four machines were the types of video poker or video slot machines targeted in the city's recent crackdown on gambling, White said.

Police intend to condemn and destroy the machines, White said.

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