State law limits spread of sweepstakes cafes

Get Your Plug N Play Kits NCSANTA ROSA – The promise of easy money from internet sweepstakes cafes drew the interest of patron Jeff Nayer to a local gaming cafe offering skill-based games in computers.

Nayer played once a week for six months, dropping up to $10 a visit, before hitting what he thought was a $4,800 jackpot on a progressive Keno game. However, before he could collect his prize, the gaming cafe in a Santa Rosa storefront packed up all its computers and moved out.

NC Skill Games 350x350Patrons claimed the big break turned out to be just another rip-off.

“It would have been a hell of a lot better if they paid me all my money. I’m finding out they are a real scam,” said Nayer.

Back in December, the California Bureau of Gambling Control issued a memorandum claiming sweepstakes games as illegal under state laws.

In order to wipe out internet café operation across the state, California Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield authored the Assembly Bill 1439.

According to Salas, the cafes violate anti-gambling laws while victimizing people and causing other types of crime.

“These Internet sweepstakes are thinly veiled gambling operations that establish themselves in an economically depressed area, accrue hundreds of thousands of dollars through online gambling and close when apprehended by law enforcement. Often, these illegal gambling cafés will then re-open in a new location, threatening to negatively impact another neighborhood in the community. Recently, there has been a growing proliferation of these gaming operations throughout the state,” AB 1439 stated.

Court dismisses sweepstakes case

NC Plug N Play 750x150WAYNESVILLE – The court dismissed another Internet sweepstakes cafe related case in Waynesville.

The court decided Tami Nicholson of Winner’s Circle Sweepstakes Parlor was not guilty in internet sweepstakes charge.
According to Attorney George Hyler, Nicholson’s legal adviser, the court agreed with his arguments that the new breed of sweepstakes machines which involves skills and dexterity were legal.

“Those games are found to be legal,” said Hyler.

NC Skill Games 350x350Sweepstakes businesses became a boom across across Sylva, Waynesville, Macon, Swain, Jackson and Haywood as it remodelled version of machines from traditional sweepstakes cafes into skill games.

District Attorney Mike Bonfoey, however, told the dismissal of the case do not guarantee that the remodelled machines were legitimate.

– The court dismissed another Internet sweepstakes cafe related case in Waynesville.

The court decided Tami Nicholson of Winner’s Circle Sweepstakes Parlor was not guilty in internet sweepstakes charge.

According to Attorney George Hyler, Nicholson’s legal adviser, the court agreed with his arguments that the new breed of sweepstakes machines which involves skills and dexterity were legal.

“Those games are found to be legal,” said Hyler.

Sweepstakes businesses became a boom across across Sylva, Waynesville, Macon, Swain, Jackson and Haywood as it remodelled version of machines from traditional sweepstakes cafes into skill games.

District Attorney Mike Bonfoey, however, told the dismissal of the case do not guarantee that the remodelled machines were legitimate.

Man steals cash, lottery tickets

Get Your Plug N Play Kits NCWASHINGTON COUNTY- A man in surgical mask hit a store clerk on the head and fled with cash along with lottery tickets reported the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

As per Sgt. Bob Ray, the 32-year-old store clerk was locking the front door at Dotty’s in 20571 NC Skill Games 350x350S.W. Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha around 2:30 in the morning when a man from the parking lot hit her over the head with a hard object.

Then, the man run inside and took an undisclosed amount of lottery tickets and cash.

The suspect was described as dark in complexion, in 30’s, wearing a light colored Nike shirt, black warm-up pants with a stripe down the leg, dark ball cap and a surgical mask.

The clerk was immediately brought to the hospital for significant head injuries.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 503-846-2500.

Ohio Market Welcomes Sweepstakes Games

NC sweepstakes Game Conversion 750x75DENVER – Internet sweepstakes operators began opening storefronts in areas that are yet to be approved.

The state if Colorado allowed gambling if Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. Since the results are already predetermined, supporters of the sweepstakes industry contested that sweepstakes machines do not constitute gambling. In short, they simply reveal if a player has won the sweepstakes prize or not.

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Based on the state law, machines in Colorado need to pay out more than 80% of bet or play, but if the machines used are unregulated then it do not meet the minimum payout requirement

Unlike regulated casinos which went through extensive background check before they get a license to operate, internet sweepstakes do not have to comply with state regulations.

Supreme Court to hear appeal in gambling case

NC sweepstakes Game Conversion 750x75The S.C. Supreme Court told it will hear an establishment’s gambling-related lawsuit after losing the case in 2013 in the Court of Appeals.

In 2013, the Court of Appeals ruled that a Columbia woman named Lauren Proctor who allegedly lose nearly $700,000 in illegal video poker machines at Columbia eateries Pizza Man and Rockaways can sue the establishment in order to recover her losses.

NC Skill Games 350x350According to the law, a patron can file a lawsuit against a gambling establishment in order to recover losses.  However, the law did not address losses from playing with illegal machines.

Columbian lawyer Jim Griffin, Rockaways legal adviser argued that the decision made in 2013 created a new law opening the civil judicial system to a flood of lawsuits by disgruntled criminals suing other criminals for business disputes.

Griffin also said that Proctor was ineligible to bring the lawsuit since she filed the lawsuit more than three months after her alleged losses at Rockaways.

Proctor’s lawyer Pete Strom responded by saying that the state law clearly supported the policy of allowing plaintiffs to recover gambling losses as a way of both discouraging illegal gambling and protecting gamblers and their family members from imprudent gambling activities

“We look forward to arguing this. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will make a definitive statement,” Strom commented.

Internet sweepstakes cafes cause crime rate hike

NC Sweeps skill game king 750x75EXCELSIOR DISTRICT – The increasing internet sweepstakes cafés triggered criminal activities and raises some community concerns in Excelsior District.

Supervisor John Avalos told there were at least five internet sweepstakes parlor in the District and mentioned one called Net Shop owned by a certain Thomas P. Lacey.

NC Skill Games 350x350According to Avalos, the sweepstakes parlor which operated 24 hours a day during weekends with a score of terminal computers in a 2,000 square feet property spiked the biggest number of concerns in the neighbourhood. He said those cafés attracted and exploited people who were desperate to win.

“You can just look in the window and see the slot machines going full bore,” Avalos commented.

Moreover, Ailed Paningbatan-Swan, official of the Excelsior Community Center, reported that their students were subject to sexual harassment by Net Shop patrons.

Net Shop like the rest of sweepstakes café in the area remained open because according to the law, if an establishment does not host gambling, it is legal. Therefore, the internet shops in the District are legitimate businesses and cannot be forced to shut down.

Police on lookout for 2 suspects in gaming café break-in

prereveal skill games 547WAYNE COUNTY – Authorities were on the lookout for two men accused of breaking into a gaming café in Wayne County, the Kenova Police Department reported.

Based on the police report, two males broke into Mitzi’s around early morning last week.

An investigator told, the suspects kicked the rear door and fled with about $1,000 coins collected from gaming machines.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities at 304-453-5555.

Rockford says no to coffee gaming café

NC Plug N Play 750x150ROCKFORD – The City Council voted against the proposed coffee gaming café at Charles Street. The council voted 7-6 prohibiting the proposed coffee shop to offer alcoholic drinks.

NC Skill Games 350x350Earlier, two local business owners decide to transform an abandoned building on Charles Street into a coffee shop with a twist – a café with slot machines.

“We are going to spend a lot of money fixing it up. It is going to be a legitimate business and coffee shop,” said business owner Benny Salamone.

The Salamone brothers invested in a property considered as an eyesore in the city of Rockford. They proposed to call the business Caesars Place coffee shop.

“I respect what they’re trying to do, but I’m frustrated about it,” Salamone expressed.

Man shot near sweepstakes parlor in Charlotte

NC sweepstakes Game Conversion 750x75CHARLOTTE – A man was rushed to the hospital after he was shot outside a sweepstakes parlor at east Charlotte, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police reported.

NC Skill Games 350x350According to the police report, the victim was found wounded from a gunshot at a parking lot off Independence Boulevard on early Sunday morning.

The man with serious injuries was taken to a hospital immediately.

Officers were investigating potential witnesses from the sweepstakes parlor which was open during the shooting.

Anyone with information were asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (703) 334-7600.

2 suspects in internet café robbery arrested

NC sweepstakes Game Conversion 750x75ONSLOW COUNTY – Two men accused of robbing an internet sweepstakes café in Onslow County was arrested, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office reported.

On July 21, two black male robbed Lucky Time Internet Café at NC Sweepstakes Option 350x350U.S. 258 Richlands Highway. According to the employee present during the robbery, the suspects threatened with a hand gun and demanded for money.

The suspects identified as 21-year-old Deontre Ulysses Randall, of New Bern, and 18-year-old Kyle Quinton Boone, of Jacksonville were arrested on Wednesday.

Both suspects were charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony larceny, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Randall was held under $415, 000 bond while Boone had $335,000 bond.

No one was reported hurt during the robbery.