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Video Poker Industry (1996)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana, Houma, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-02-09

Duration: 00:16:00

Subjects: Gambling | STATE BUDGET | VIDEO POKER


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Landry, Craig Interviewee
  • Gansar, Lynn Interviewee
  • Shaw, Kathy Interviewee
  • Graybert, Harris Interviewee
  • Tregle, Edwina Interviewee
  • Albrecht, Greg Interviewee
  • Drennen, Mark Interviewee
  • Chovin, Mary Interviewee
  • Huntsman, Johnny Interviewee
  • Forgotston, C.B. Interviewee


This segment from the February 9, 1996, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s report on the video poker industry’s statewide campaign to bolster its image around the state. Chapa visits a meeting with small business owners with video poker machines in Houma. Her report also touches on the impact of the loss of video poker revenue on the state budget. She interviews: Craig Landry, bowling alley owner; Lynn Gansar, spokesperson for video poker; Kathy Shaw, lounge owner; Harris Graybert, lounge owner; Edwina Tregle, swamp tour operator; Greg Albrecht, chief fiscal economist; Commissioner of Administration Mark Drennen; and Mary Chovin, restaurant owner. Host Robert Collins then conducts an in-studio interview with Johnny Huntsman, a pizza franchise owner in Monroe and video poker advocate, and C.B. Forgotston, attorney and video poker opponent. They discuss their differing views on video poker.