My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to provide general information regarding your question. First, I am sorry to hear about the situation your friend is in.
Under O.C.G.A. 16-8-40, robbery is the taking of property by using force. However, the taking of the property must be from a person. Here is a link to the full law regarding robbery: http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-16/chapter-8/article-2/16-8-40
Under the law, a business is considered a "person." This is important because video poker machines are usually owned by a business. Thus, under the law, the taking of property, by force, from a business (which under the law is considered a "person") does indeed constitute robbery.
That being said, the possible sentence would usually be much less severe when taken from a business as opposed to an actual human person.
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