Clark County

Two Winchester pool hall employees charged with promoting gambling

WINCHESTER — Two employees of a downtown Winchester pool hall were arrested Thursday night on charges of promoting gambling, police said.

Jaime Caudill, 36, and Wade Dickerson, 45, employees of Playhouse Pool Room, were charged with first-degree promotion of gambling, a felony punishable by one to five years in prison, Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said. Police seized four gambling machines from the business at 27 North Main Street, Hall said.

Video poker machines are legal, "but you can't pay out," Hall said. "People will play the machine and get credits, similar to a video game." In this case, players were paid for the credits they received, which is illegal, Hall said.

The business remains open, but Hall said more arrests are possible. Police had been investigating for a couple of months, he said.

Caudill and Dickerson remained in the Clark County jail Friday morning.