Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1952 NO. 216 >

1. "Iron claw" machines constitute gambling devices under our statutes.  2. The method of pay-off [[payoff]], as long as there is a pay-off [[payoff]]of some kind which induces the player to play, is of no particular significance in determining whether such machines are gambling devices.  3. Determination of use is a matter for local law enforcement officials.