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Sweepstakes café robbed in Thomasville

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. – A sweepstakes cafe along National Highway was robbed on Wednesday evening.

Based on the police report, at 11:20 p.m. officers responded to a robbery at Pots O’ Gold Sweepstakes located at 1330 National Highway.

According to a staff, a white male and a white female entered the café, brandished a firearm and demanded for money. Then, they fled on foot towards Von Logan Drive with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The male suspect wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants was described as 5’7” tall with slim built while the female suspect also in gray hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants was reported to be 5’4” high with stocky built.

No injury was reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Thomasville Police Department at (336) 475-4284 or Crime Stoppers at (336) 476-8477.

Homeland Security to deport illegal gambling operator after $2.5M bail

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LAS VEGAS – A duo of top poker pros who posted a total of $2.5 million bail money in order to release a gambling kingpin arrested from a Vegas bust during the 2014 FIFA World Cup failed after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took the defendants into custody for possible deportation.

Earlier, in cooperation with the Nevada Gaming Control busted three Caesar Palace’s suites in Las Vegas and arrested eight Asians including Phua Wei Seng, 50, a Malaysian top gaming junket operator at the Sands Casino in Macau and a high-ranking member of the organized crime group 14k Triad for operating an illegal gambling ring in Las Vegas.

Phil Ivey, pokers champ who had ten World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title and appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables, posted $1 million – 50% for Phua’s $2 million bail and the other half for Phua’s $500,000 bond.

In addition, another high stake poker player Andrew Robl who claimed he was friends with Phua placed his winnings from Aria worth $1.5 million in Phua’s bail.

However, as soon as the bail was posted, agents from ICE, the investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, took the Phuas and locked them at the Henderson Detention Center for possible deportation.

“Our clients have complied with every condition set by a federal judge for their release,” Chesnoff said. “We have repeatedly attempted to contact ICE authorities, who have not responded. We are going to take further legal steps,” said Las Vegas lawyer David Chesnoff who represents the Phuas.

According to U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden, the Las Vegas operation started shortly after Phua left the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, where he had been arrested on June 18 for illegal sports betting on the World Cup.

Phua who had an estimated worth of $400 million was required to post $2 million cash bail, put up his $48 million private Gulfstream jet as collateral and wear a GPS monitoring device.

The suspects, if convicted would each face up to two years jail time on unlawful transmission count and five years imprisonment for illegal gambling business count with fines of $250,000.

Should NJDGE stop releasing gaming revenues monthly?

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Based on the press release authorized by David Rebuck, Director of DGE, the proposed amendment stated that casino gaming gross revenue information broken down by table game type and slot machine denomination shall be considered “confidential information” except as reported on an annual basis.

The proposal noted no impact on social, economic, employment, housing affordability and smart growth development.

“The proposed amendment does not have any significant social impact; it changes current policy from releasing revenue figures by table game type and slot machine denomination each month to only once a year. This brings New Jersey into line with other states which release casino gaming revenue figures. The effect of this change should be minimal,” the summary proposal read.

According to the DGE, it will only affect the release of revenue information from New Jersey casino licensees.

The DGE opens the table for public comment until October 3, 2014. For comments, the public can address it to:

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Greenville deputies fired after gambling probe

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. – The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office fired two deputies after internal affairs investigation revealed that the officers violated the sheriff’s office policies and procedures.

According to Sheriff Steve Loftis, the third-highest ranking officer Command Major Shea Smith along with Patrol Sergeant David Hayes were terminated from the in the Sheriff’s Office for assisting criminals with illegal gambling operation and not keeping department business secure.

A court record filed by gambling operator Izzat Khalil who entered a guilty plea for illegal gambling , stated that the Sheriff’s Office knew about the business and allowed it to continue its operation as long as it “move the operation off the beaten path so that it wasn’t as visible to law enforcement.”

In Khalil’s request for a shorter sentence, he presented detailed information about police corruption involving two Greenville County Deputy Sheriffs which has resulted in dismissal of both officers”.

Khalil who ran a lottery game along Augusta Road in Greenville County for since 1990 also claimed that on several occasions, “rookie officers were brought to his gambling business by a supervisor so Khalil could train them on how his operation worked.”

“Mr. Khalil routinely contributed to charitable causes of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, such as Buck A Cup and always gave a contribution when solicited by law enforcement officers for other charitable contributions. The solicitations usually occurred at his base of operations,” the court record read.

The sheriff, however, told that his office do not allow gambling in Greenville County. Loftis also denied allowing rookie officers to train at Khalil’s gambling operation.

Internet sweepstakes café robbed at gunpoint in Concord

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CONCORD, N.C. – Two black men ran away with almost $1,000 cash after robbing an internet sweepstakes café at gunpoint early morning on Monday, the Concord Police Department reported.

Based on the police report, a few minutes past midnight, two black males entered the Concord Business Center located at 3701 Concord Pkwy. S. Concord. The men brandished their handguns and fled with $991 on hand.

One of the suspects with a black handgun was described as 6-feet-2-inches tall, early 30’s, wearing a black shirt and a black bandana covering his face.

The other suspect with a silver handgun
was reported to be 5-feet-3-inches tall, early 40’s, also wearing a bandana over his face.

No injury was reported during the incident.

Anyone with information regarding the two suspects is asked to contact the Concord Police Department at 704-920-5000.

Police raid Ohio business for possible illegal gambling operation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Law enforcement agents busted a local diner allegedly conducting illegal gambling operations in Chesapeake, Ohio around 2p.m. on Wednesday.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and executed a search warrant at the Sky Lake diner located at 1543 Eaton Road.

According to Sheriff Jeff Lawless, there were about 20 video gambling machines seized from a hidden room inside Sky Lake. The machines along with cash confiscated cash from the operation were removed from the building.

Sky Lake owner Tracy Ellis told law enforcement he was not responsible for any wrongdoing.

“I thought I was in accordance with the law. I might not be. I might be wrong. They might have changed the law. It might be written to where I’m wrong. If I am, I have to pay the consequences, but I thought by all means I was right,” said Ellis.

He argued that people go over at Sky Lake to have a burger and chat, not to lose money.

“You want to lose money, go to West Virginia and play those machines. You can lose $10,000 in an hour. These are not like that,” Ellis explained

The owner, however, admitted that machines found inside the establishment where he kept it in a back room to keep them away from kids, were already there for 20 years.

Though no charges have been filed yet, Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson told it is illegal to operate a gambling house in Ohio. The case will be presented to a grand jury on mid-August.

“This joint investigation began earlier this year after local authorities received several complaints regarding suspicious activity inside the business. Today’s search warrant is being served in order to gather additional evidence to support our belief that illegal gambling was occurring here on a regular basis,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stated.

Retired woman takes home $100,000 lottery prize twice

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RICHMOND, Va – A woman who won the lottery’s top prize in 2006 won again the lottery’s $100,000 prize.

The lucky woman, Peggy Huffman of Staunton matched all five numbers in the July 5 Cash 5 drawing from the Virginia Lottery winning the $100,000 top prize for the second time around.

In 2006, Huffman already won the top prize in Cash 5 with winning numbers 14-17-25-30-32 from a ticket purchased in the BP gas station along Jefferson Highway, Staunton. She played the numbers once more saying those were her favorite and won again.


Huffman told Lottery officials that she could n’t believe it.

“I was stunned!” expressed the two-time lottery winner.

Huffman, now retired, said she will use her winnings to pay bills.

Breaux Bridge man robs casino with bare hands

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ST. MARTINVILLE, La. – A Breaux Bridge man was arrested in the comforts of his home for robbing a local casino, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to deputies, around 1a.m. on Sunday, a black man in dark colored pants, blue shirt and black stocking cap entered Cash Magic Casino on LA 94 in Breaux Bridge and robbed the cashier. Then, he fled on foot from the front door.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies joined St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office and responded right away.

The suspect identified as Cody Broussard, 29, of Breaux Bridge through a surveillance video was arrested four hours later in his residence without struggle.

Broussard who was unarmed during the robbery was charged with simple robbery. He was held at the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center.

No injury was reported during the incident.

68 jailed in China online gambling ring worth $78 billion

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BEIJING – The raid on China’s largest online gambling ring worth $78 billion resulted to the imprisonment of 68 people for up to nine years.

Based on the official report, 55 were found guilty of opening online casinos, seven guilty of gambling and six guilty of both crimes. The convicted were ordered to pay fines up to $3.2 million (20 million yuan).

The ring which was run within a circle of friends and relatives like a pyramid scheme operated at the southern province of Guangdong through overseas websites from March 2008 to April 2013.

Under Chinese law, gambling was illegal in China. The only forms of legal gambling were the two government-owned lotteries: the Welfare Lottery regulated by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Sports Lottery regulated by the General Administration of Sports. All other kinds of lottery tickets were prohibited since 1949.

Likewise, the Chinese government prohibited online gambling by not granting a license to operate online gambling sites. Players from China were also banned from playing overseas gaming sites. The government even filtered out online gambling sites from the internet.

During the past years, however, underground rings drew a large number of gamblers.

NJ to vote on casino expansion on Nov 2015

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TRENTON, N.J. – On Wednesday, the state Senate President hinted there could be a referendum for the upcoming ballot on November 2015 asking voters if the state should expand casino gambling in North Jersey.

“If everyone is telling the truth — and you know I’m skeptical, too — then they care about Atlantic City, too. So if there is a true willingness — and I am taking everyone at their word — yeah, I am looking at it and I have looked at it for almost a year,” said state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester).

According to the Senate President, during the past year, he had private discussions with North Jersey officials regarding a potential approval of a casino in the Meadowlands.

Sweeney said any plans for North Jersey would also include specifics on how to revive Atlantic City. The Senator, recently, defended a five-year moratorium to lasts until 2016 in order to help Atlantic City.

Sen. Steven Oroho, R-Sussex along with Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, D-Essex supported the Senate President.

Oroho stated that “by co-branding new gaming venues with the global brand Atlantic City already has built up, and by leveraging loyalty programs, we can help make Atlantic City a preeminent destination location.”

“I’m very pleased that he has opened his mind to the possibility of helping the state’s gaming business statewide. Atlantic City is under tremendous strain, and we can’t just abandon them,” Caputo stated.

On the other hand, Sen. Ray Lesniak, D-Union, the leading proponent of sports betting bill in NJ was disappointed the referendum cannot be included on this year’s ballot.

“I congratulate Senator Swee­ney for opening this door, but we need to walk through it with a referendum on this year’s ballot,” said Lesniak.

Sweeney responded by saying “we can’t do it this year because we’d have to get it done by July 14. We aren’t rushing this – it’s too big.”