Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Police Department’s crackdown on sweepstakes businesses that are not compliant with North Carolina’s electronic gaming law may begin enforcement as soon as today. Lawmakers banned a similar game in Dec 2010.
In November and December of last year the department informed approximately 55 local operators of “sweepstakes rooms” that as early as Mar 1st police would begin enforcing the state’s ban of non-compliant games.
The majority of sweepstakes operators within Greensboro city limits planned to close this morning and most said they would receive a “game update” that would keep them “legal and within the law with a pre-reveal with skill game software” others are eyeing legal options that look “very promising” said Jay Patel who owns Sweeps on the Triad near Greensboro Hwy.
“The new games do not break the law, the games involve skill and dexterity” said Patel, who owns 2 convenience stores, a smoke shop and a coin laundry. “They spend so much banning games and what people do with their own time and money that they could tax it and give the proceeds to the schools or veterans or whoever”
The game maker of the pre-reveal skill games was not available for comment but recent court case victories seem to suggest that any game using skill and dexterity would not be a violation of law.
“HB 547 has been sitting in committee for years, HB-547 ends this ‘whack-a-mole’ and begins generating revenue for the state, maybe instead of passing ban laws they should tax it and move on” Patel goes on to say.