Denver vice raids adult arcade, claims illegal gaming

DENVER -- Two popular adult "skills game" centers were raided Wednesday by the Denver vice unit.

Denver vice seizes alleged gaming machine

Earlier this year, a FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation grabbed the attention of officials.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Denver Police Department served two search warrants, seizing property it believes is related to unlicensed gambling or gaming.

It's part of a larger statewide crackdown after an undercover sting found large amounts of cash being handed out to winners.

Arcade-style game removed during raid of La Fortuna

The Denver vice squad blocked the alley behind La Fortuna on Federal Boulevard with crime scene tape and pulled a delivery truck up to the back door of the adult arcade business.

It proceeded to remove machines, electronic slots, and other cash- and arcade-type games by the dozens into a rental U-Haul truck.

The box truck was filled while officials interviewed employees, including the co-owner, Tammy Garamov.

She declined comment.

Across town at Amercian Pride Skill Games, police did the same thing, yanking out electronic games they claim are skirting Colorado's legal gambling laws.

The raids come after an investigation showed how the slots worked.

Called games of skill, not luck, La Fortuna set up the machines so players had to "bump" one of the wheels with a finger in order to have all the images align into a winning combination.

The Denver Police Department filled a rental truck with gaming machines during search warrant on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

Players could not win every time, regardless of “skill.”

There was no gaming authority oversight or regulation, and at the time of the investigation in April, no license to operate. Yet, video showed employees paid out winners with cash up to $500 a day.

In April, Garamov was asked how they got away with that.

"We don't believe it feels like gambling," she said. "We have the exact same games that are at Dave and Buster's, Lucky Strike, Chuck E. Cheese's. The exact same games.”

Undercover Denver Police Department investigators load "skill games" during a raid on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

That's something Denver vice and the Denver District Attorney's Office are now questioning with its search warrants.

Police said they had received a valid search warrant and were serving it on La Fortuna.

This is at least the seventh skills game center that's been raided in Colorado this year.

The state Attorney General’s office has set up a task force to determine the legality of such establishments.