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The following definitions shall be applied to terms used in this chapter:

(1) "Amusement machine" is any device, game, or contrivance including, but not limited to, pin ball machines, video games, computer games and electronic games, for which a charge or payment is received for the privilege of playing, using, or operating the same and which, as the result of such use, operation, or playing does not entitle the person using, operating, or playing such device, game, or contrivance to receive the same return in market value in the form of tangible merchandise each time such device, game, or contrivance is used, operated, or played.

(2) "Owner or operator of an amusement machine" means any owner of an amusement machine who operates or permits the same to be played or operated in his or her place of business or in any place under his or her control or who installs or maintains the same in any place where the same can be played or operated by persons in or about such place, or any person in whose place of business any such amusement machine is placed for the use, amusement, patronage, or recreations of the public or of persons in or about such place.