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With ban on Internet cafes, gambling operators scramble to hang on

For Rick Scott, the “jobs” governor, the bill he will sign Wednesday to ban Internet cafes is as awkward as it gets. The measure is guaranteed to put people out of work and, if the issue hadn’t come up, he would likely still have a lieutenant governor.

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10/29/2014

article No Prison for Leader of Charity in Gambling Scheme
(Florida) -- The former leader of a Florida veterans' charity that prosecutors said was a front for a $300 million gambling operation won't face any prison time...

10/28/2014

article Windsor bans sweepstakes cafes
(Colorado) -- Windsor may officially be Colorado’s first municipality to ban sweepstakes cafes. Windsor Town Board voted unanimously Monday to prevent Windsor...

10/19/2014

article Residents not concerned about video poker cafes
(Illinois) -- Alderman Jeremy Karlin recently poised a question to residents on Facebook, asking if they wanted the council to consider regulating video poker cafes....

10/17/2014

article Anti-crime group targets 'sweepstakes' machines
(Illinois) -- An anti-crime group in Illinois launched a campaign Thursday to eradicate unregulated casino-like kiosks in bars and other venues that mimic legal video...
article Legality of Sweepstakes Machines Questioned in Report
(Illinois) -- The legality of machines similar to video gambling, but aren’t subject to the same regulations, is being questioned in a new report. The machines are...

10/16/2014

article Anti-crime group targets 'sweepstakes' machines
(Illinois) -- An anti-crime group in Illinois launched a campaign Thursday to eradicate unregulated casino-like kiosks in bars and other venues that mimic legal video...

10/15/2014

article Anti-crime group targets Illinois 'sweepstakes' machines; alleges organize crime involvement
(Illinois) -- An anti-crime group is launching a campaign Thursday to eradicate what it says are video gambling devices at bars and other venues across Illinois, arguing...
article Colorado Sweepstakes Cafes Illegal, Says State AG
(Colorado) -- Colorado sweepstakes cafes are illegal. At least, that’s the opinion from the state’s Attorney General’s office, which has issued a legal...

10/13/2014

article Cybercafes across the state may be in jeopardy
(Colorado) -- The future of the state’s 40 cybercafes, 4 of which are in the Grand Junction area, appears to be in jeopardy. A legal opinion issued by the Colorado...

10/12/2014

article Colorado AG says cybercafes are illegal gambling
(Colorado) -- The Colorado Attorney General's office has issued a legal opinion concluding that cybercafes are a form of gambling requiring approval from voters...

10/10/2014

article Colorado AG: 'Cybercafes' are illegal gambling operations
(Colorado) -- The future of "cybercafes" in Colorado grew murkier Friday after the attorney general's office issued a legal opinion concluding that the...

10/5/2014

article Internet café raided in gambling investigation
(California) -- Investigators confiscated 18 computers and arrested the owner of an Internet café in Moreno Valley this week on suspicion of running an illegal gambling...

10/3/2014

article Internet café raided in gambling investigation
(California) -- Investigators confiscated 18 computers and arrested the owner of an Internet café in Moreno Valley this week on suspicion of running an illegal gambling...

9/26/2014

article Governor signs Internet cafe bills
(California) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a pair of locally significant bills -- one clearing the way for the creation of a hospital authority to take control of Kern...

9/20/2014

article Proposed moratorium could affect Bingo Sweepstakes Cafe in Greeley
(Colorado) -- After quietly opening in June near the corner of 10th Street and 35th Avenue, the Bingo Sweepstakes Cafe entices patrons with a chance to win big —...

9/15/2014

article Despite laws, skill-game parlors still popular in Stark
(Ohio) -- When Perry Township police raided five skill-game parlors in 2013 for illegally paying cash prizes to customers, officers noticed something odd on the backs of...

9/6/2014

article State law could limit spread of gambling cafes
(California) -- The lure of easy money drew Jeff Nayer to a Santa Rosa Internet cafe offering casino-style computer gambling. He played once a week for about six months...

9/2/2014

article Legality of Sweepstakes Debated Across County Lines
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina's Attorney General says video gambling is illegal, the state's Supreme Court has ruled sweepstakes parlors are against the law...

9/1/2014

article Cali Internet Cafe Closures Spike Gambling Online
(California) -- All internet cafes in Kern County, California have now been shut down. However, many people have found a solution to these closures in the form of online...

8/28/2014

article California Bill Set To Ban Sweepstakes Cafes [sub req'd]
(California) -- The California legislature has overwhelmingly approved a bill to ban Internet sweepstakes cafes. Assembly Bill 1439 was introduced in January to close a...

8/25/2014

article People turning to online gambling after internet cafes close
(California) -- It's still 'game over' for Kern County internet cafes but many are now turning to online internet cafes instead. "It's all over the...

8/21/2014

article Federal jury selection date set in Myrtle Beach area sweepstakes case
(Florida) -- Jury selection has been set for Sept. 3 in a federal money laundering case against a Columbia area man who owned sweepstakes businesses in Carolina Forest...

8/18/2014

article Police Bust Internet Cafes in South California
(California) -- Authorities in South California swooped down on two internet cafes and closed down the businesses on grounds of illegal online gambling. Two people were...

8/12/2014

article Peoria City Council to discuss gaming cafés at tonight's meeting
(Illinois) -- Not everybody likes to go to a bar or a riverboat casino to gamble, Dan Whalen said. That’s the purpose video-gambling cafés serve.
article Video-gambling cafes draw closer look; City Council turns away one application, defers on two others
(Illinois) -- The fate of two proposed video-gambling cafes in Peoria is on hold. But the City Council didn’t wait to reject another one.

8/11/2014

article Word on the Street: Video gambling cafes surprise, concern city officials
(Illinois) -- We’re not sure video-gambling cafes are what state legislators had in mind when they approved those betting machines five years ago. But we know Eric...

8/8/2014

article San Francisco Supervisor Losing Patience With Excelsior’s Internet Gambling Cafes
(California) -- Supervisor John Avalos wants to know what’s going on with City Business Center on Mission Street in the Excelsior, which was told to close down in...
article Jacksonville man charged in illegal gambling operation at 'Internet cafe'
(Florida) -- A sixth person was arrested Wednesday in an “Internet cafe” sting that was first announced by Sheriff John Rutherford in July.

8/7/2014

article Owners Say Cash Changing Hands Amid Casino-Style Games Is Not Illegal
(Florida) -- One year after a gambling scandal prompted Florida to ban casino-style games from storefront arcades, cash is once again changing hands amid what appear to...
article Gambling den in Excelsior evades police, city pressure
(California) -- Gambling is continuing at an Excelsior storefront, despite pressure from police and political leaders who point out that the computer-based slot machines...
article 6th arrest made in July Internet cafe arrest
(Florida) -- Police have made a sixth arrest connected with the raid on July 11 of two businesses operating as Internet cafes.

8/2/2014

article State, Seminole sheriff must return millions to Oklahoma gambling figure
(Oklahoma) -- An appeals court Friday ordered Florida and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office to return several million dollars and a yacht to a convicted Oklahoma...

8/1/2014

article State, Seminole sheriff must return millions to Oklahoma gambling figure
(Florida) -- An appeals court Friday ordered Florida and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office to return several million dollars and a yacht to a convicted Oklahoma...

7/30/2014

article Arcade rooms go underground as owners, promoters targeted
(Hawaii) -- Arcade rooms are going underground, trying to stay hidden now that police and prosecutors are cracking down on them. KHON2 was the first to report on a raid...

7/23/2014

article Special Probation for Cafe Sweepstakes Manager
(Connecticut) -- The former manager of Enfield business that was shut down for operating Internet sweepstakes games has been granted special probation on charges related...

7/17/2014

article “Sweepstakes game” business accused of gambling
(California) -- A decision by Visalia officials that a business offering computers for customers to play games is an arcade and needs a conditional-use permit to...

7/11/2014

article 5 employees arrested in illegal gambling operation in Jacksonville
(Florida) -- Five Internet cafe employees have been arrested in an illegal gambling operation that centered around two businesses offering casino-style slot machine play.
article Jacksonivlle police arrest 5 in Internet-cafe raids
(Florida) -- Two Internet cafes were raided and five people arrested Friday in what Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said was an investigation into illegal gambling.

7/7/2014

article Sweepstakes lawsuit against Burlington chief headed for trial
(North Carolina) -- A lawsuit by a sweepstakes business against Burlington Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe appears headed for trial.

7/5/2014

article Opinion: It’s time for hearings in NC sweepstakes probe
(North Carolina) -- In April 2013, Democracy North Carolina, a group that advocates fairness and transparency in elections, filed a complaint with the N.C. Board of...

7/3/2014

article Pontiac internet cafe sues attorney general over sweepstakes law
(Michigan) -- A Pontiac business has filed a lawsuit against Michigan’s attorney general, seeking a ruling regarding the legality of a sweepstakes offered by the...

7/2/2014

article California cracks down on 'sweepstakes cafes'
(California) -- Next to a massage parlor, a doughnut shop and a liquor store, more than two dozen people sat inside a darkened business in a strip mall dropping $2 bets...

6/30/2014

article California cracks down on 'sweepstakes cafes'
(California) -- California law enforcement authorities are cracking down on Internet sweepstakes cafes, businesses featuring dozens of computers where customers bet on...

6/29/2014

article Businesses say they offer online 'sweepstakes' games, but law enforcement sees a gambling hall
(California) -- California law enforcement authorities are cracking down on Internet sweepstakes cafes, businesses featuring dozens of computers where customers bet on...

6/28/2014

article California cracks down on 'sweepstakes cafes'
(California) -- Next to a massage parlor, a doughnut shop and a liquor store, more than two dozen people sat inside a darkened business in a strip mall dropping $2 bets...

6/27/2014

article State supreme court to review Internet cafe cases
(California) -- Two appellate court decisions that unplugged Internet cafes in Kern County and Bakersfield this spring will be reviewed by the California Supreme Court.

6/25/2014

article Police investigating possible gambling offense at Internet Cafe in DeWitt
(New York) -- Authorities are investigating possible gambling offense in the town of DeWitt, an Onondaga County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Wednesday night.

6/24/2014

article Internet cafes betting on new software to stay open
(Florida) -- Just two months after police shut down Jacksonville's Internet cafes for a second time, the businesses are popping up around the area again.

6/21/2014

article Readers say lawmakers were right to shut down Internet cafes: Follow the Money
(Ohio) -- Internet sweepstakes cafes ran out of luck at the Statehouse, and many cleveland.com readers were pleased state lawmakers decided to essentially ban the...

6/18/2014

article Deep-pocketed casinos, others drown out efforts by Internet cafe owners to save their businesses: Follow the Money
(Ohio) -- The casino industry and its supporters pumped $423,000 into Statehouse campaign coffers during a three-year legislative fight to eliminate Internet sweepstakes...

6/8/2014

article Game rooms try their luck in Victoria, but some question legality
(Texas) -- Through the iron bars guarding the front door, a handwritten note, black marker on copy paper, was taped to the glass: "Closed until further notice."

6/5/2014

article Internet cafes raided in Austintown
(Ohio) -- The investigation is still ongoing after multiple law enforcement agencies raided three Internet cafes in Austintown on Thursday. Now those cafe owners may be...

5/28/2014

article Studying and lounging mixing with gambling
(Illinois) -- Called a “gambling cafe” or “grandma’s casino,” the first one in Yorkville — Java Jills — opened in a strip mall...

5/27/2014

article ‘Grandma casinos’ playing their cards in Fox Valley
(Illinois) -- They have names such as Dotty’s, Penny’s and Stella’s, and they are lining up in strip malls throughout the state. Called “gambling...

5/22/2014

article A year after restrictions imposed, some Internet cafes have adjusted, held on
(Florida) -- Up and down U.S. 19, the signs serve as reminders of just how popular Internet cafes were at one time in Hernando County. Sunrise Internet Lounge, K&K...

5/21/2014

article Lawmakers OK crack down on 'skill-games'
(Ohio) -- Ohio lawmakers are handing authority to casino regulators to crack down on slot-machine-like “ skill-games” operators who illegally award cash...

5/20/2014

article Closing of Lucky Duck leads to criminal charges
(Ohio) -- The war against Internet cafes continues. In May 2013, the Lucky Duck closed after a raid. The investigation of the business at 351 Lexington-Springmill Road...

5/18/2014

article Florida has highest rate of charity scams in nation
(Florida) -- A charity reform bill is awaiting the governor's signature – and legislators backing it say it'll protect you from scams. 10 News reporter...

5/15/2014

article Police raid Internet cafe in Milpitas for illegal gambling
(California) -- A curtain of black Venetian blinds remained drawn this week behind the tinted glass windows and adjacent doors of Net Connection within a Milpitas strip...

5/12/2014

article OP/ED: Legislators Folded On Sweepstakes Revenue
(Connecticut) -- In the midst of its midnight sprint to hastily pass dozens of laws before the 2014 legislative deadline, the Connecticut General Assembly inexplicably...
article 4 more defendants plead not guilty in gambling case
(Hawaii) -- The remaining four defendants in the racketeering and gambling case involving Products Direct Sweepstakes machines pleaded not guilty Monday morning in state...
article Hawaii Latest State to Crack Down on Sweepstakes Parlors
(Hawaii) -- For most Americans, Hawaii seems like an exotic destination, a place where one can go on a grand vacation to get away from their troubles.

5/11/2014

article Video gambling operations going strong in Scotland County
(North Carolina) -- After a District Court judge tossed out a charge against the owner of an Internet gaming cafe in Laurinburg in December, at least 20 other businesses...
article Video gambling operations in the Cape Fear region
(North Carolina) -- Internet cafes also have started to open in Raeford and Hoke County, which is served by District Attorney Kristy Newton.

5/10/2014

article Internet cafe raid last month nets first arrest
(Florida) -- The State Attorney’s Office reported its first arrest in Lake County stemming from the April raid of five alleged gaming houses here during a...

5/9/2014

article Legality of Internet Sweepstakes Cafes in Colorado Questioned
(Colorado) -- There are many internet sweepstakes cafes or cybercafés available in Pueblo and other areas in Colorado and last week, the Colorado Attorney General’...

5/8/2014

article Colorado Prepares to Ban Sweepstakes Cafes
(Colorado) -- The Attorney General's office of Colorado recently issued a statement that any games that are played at Sweepstakes Cafes are considered online...

5/5/2014

article More than 2 dozen gambling cafes open in south suburbs
(Illinois) -- The gambling cafe scene in the south suburbs added another player recently with the opening of new gambling parlors under the ownership of Blackhawk...

5/3/2014

article California Latest State to Crack Down on Sweepstakes Cafes
(California) -- That’s right, they’re back: sweepstakes cafes continue to pop up around the nation, trying to find space between the holes in gaming laws so...
article Distributor takes down machines ruled as gambling
(Hawaii) -- A company that distributes sweepstakes machines in Hawaii is taking the machines out of businesses after a federal judge ruled they are part of a gambling...

4/30/2014

article Lawmakers debate Internet sweepstakes bill
(Connecticut) -- Lawmakers who want to outlaw so-called Internet sweepstakes cafes like the ones in Enfield, East Windsor, and Bloomfield are struggling to avoid...

4/29/2014

article "Cyber cafes" face uncertain future
(Colorado) -- Lucky You 777, tucked away in a nondescript strip mall on Havana Street, does not look or sound much like a casino.
article Another defendant pleas in internet gambling case
(Florida) -- The longtime vice president of the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police has pleaded guilty, but won't face any jail time for his role with a veterans...

4/28/2014

article Alleged slot machine supplier to forfeit almost $2 million in plea agreement in Oklahoma City federal case
(Oklahoma) -- An illegal gambling defendant has agreed to forfeit almost $2 million in cash and property to the federal government as part of a plea agreement. Adlai...

4/23/2014

article Authorities raiding multiple locations as a part of Internet gambling investigation
(Ohio) -- Authorities are raiding locations in multiple counties today as a part of an ongoing Internet gambling investigation.

4/22/2014

article FDLE: Carroll didn’t report income from veterans charity
(Florida) -- Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll failed to report thousands of dollars she received from a veterans charity that was accused of running an illegal gambling...
article Former Lt. Gov. Carroll admits to receiving Allied Veterans cash
(Florida) -- Newly released records show that former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll changed her income tax filings after investigators asked about money she received...

4/21/2014

article Lawmakers hold up casino money-laundering bill over Internet cafe language
(Ohio) -- Legislation to crack down on a key money laundering tactic at Ohio casinos is being held up because of a debate over the unrelated issue of Internet cafes,...
article Prosecutor: Sweepstakes café owners should 'seriously reconsider' any attempt to reopen
(California) -- Kern County authorities are warning sweepstakes café operators to keep their gaming businesses closed, even with modifications.

4/17/2014

article Bakersfield police raid suspected sweepstakes cafe
(California) -- Police detectives raided a suspected sweepstakes café Thursday, seizing 45 computers, two computer servers and more than $3,000.

4/13/2014

article Ohio schools to get computers from Internet cafes
(Ohio) -- Cleveland schools are slated to receive hundreds of computers that authorities seized from Internet cafes where they were used for poker or slots-style games.
article State seeks to regulate skilled game rooms
(Ohio) -- Less than a year after lawmakers effectively shut down Internet cafes, more skill-based game rooms are opening in Springfield, although new legislation in the...

4/8/2014

article Internet Cafes: State continues to shutter gaming centers
(Florida) -- Despite a crackdown by the Legislature and the closure of more than 1,000 Internet cafes across the state last year, the illegal gambling shops are...

4/7/2014

article Internet cafes still a problem
(Florida) -- Despite a crackdown by the Legislature and the closure of more than 1,000 Internet cafes across the state last year, the illegal gambling shops are...

4/4/2014

article Councilmember wants to make sweepstakes machines illegal
(Hawaii) -- Sweepstakes machines have been the target of numerous raids by Honolulu Police. Now there’s a new push to make the controversial machines illegal.
article Crackdown on internet cafes appears to have chilling effect
(Florida) -- A day after police seized documents and computer equipment from seven internet cafes in Jacksonville and dozens more throughout the state, other local...
article Sweep Targets Dozens More Internet Cafes
(Florida) -- Almost a year after Florida lawmakers outlawed Internet cafes following the arrests of dozens of suspects on gambling charges, authorities on Thursday made...
article Former poker computers from Internet cafes going to Cleveland schools
(Ohio) -- Computers last used as digital slot machines or for poker games will soon end up in Cleveland classrooms.

4/3/2014

article 2nd round of Florida arrests for Internet gambling
(Florida) -- Almost a year after Florida lawmakers outlawed Internet cafes following the arrests of dozens of suspects on gambling charges, authorities on Thursday made...
article FDLE shuts down two Senior Cafés in Marion County
(Florida) -- As part of a statewide crackdown on suspected illegal gambling, Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents closed two Internet cafes in Marion County on...
article Illegal-gambling 'Internet cafés' busted, 8 people arrested, cops say
(Florida) -- Florida law officers taking aim at illegal gambling shut down more than two dozen "Internet cafés" Thursday and arrested eight people, including a...
article Police move against Internet cafes again
(Florida) -- Kathy Vickers just wanted to go somewhere to sit and play a few games for a chance at some extra cash. Instead, what the 48-year-old Rockledge woman found...

4/1/2014

article Sweepstakes: Legal or illegal?
(North Carolina) -- Sweepstakes cafes---those small gambling houses drawing in hundreds to play Vegas-style games---law enforcement’s busted many in the East, yet...

3/29/2014

article States battle illegal gambling at Internet cafes
(USA) -- Many Internet cafes that have popped up in suburban strip malls and gas stations offer something more than coffee and access to the Web and email. Known as...

3/27/2014

article Legends wants to bring casino games to downtown Portsmouth
(New Hampshire) -- The owners of Legends Billiards & Tavern on Hanover Street have filed a request for a variance with the city to operate a “year-round...

3/24/2014

article States scramble to stop illegal gambling at Internet sweepstakes cafes
(New York) -- Many Internet cafes that have popped up in suburban strip malls and gas stations offer something more than coffee and access to the Web and email. Known as...

3/23/2014

article Commission: ‘Sweepstakes’ games should be outlawed
(Illinois) -- An anti-crime group is backing legislation in the Illinois General Assembly that would outlaw “sweepstakes” machines that the group said are...
article Lawmakers, watchdog group to seek ban of some slotlike machines
(Illinois) -- A bipartisan team of state lawmakers and a watchdog group said Sunday they will push for legislation this week to ban certain slotlike machines that have...
article DA reports 100 percent compliance with Internet cafe cease and desist, one cafe open
(California) -- The deadline for all Internet cafe owners to have complied with the District Attorney's cease and desist order was Friday. The DA's office said...

3/21/2014

article Kern DA reports no Internet cafes operating by deadline
(California) -- The Kern County District Attorney's Office put out a Friday deadline for so-called Internet cafes to stop running sweepstakes games, and a spokesman...

3/20/2014

article Nearly all Internet cafes shut down
(California) -- All but one of 12 known Internet cafes in Bakersfield as of March 13 have closed, following word this week from the Kern County District Attorney's...

3/18/2014

article Florida internet cafes on way back
(Florida) -- Despite a 2013 law banning internet cafes from offering gambling games in Florida, there are reports that internet cafes are making a comeback in the state.
article Mixed reaction to sweepstakes cafe closures in Kern County
(California) -- It was a strong statement issued from the Kern County District Attorney's Office on Monday: Immediately cease and desist all gambling activity by...

3/13/2014

article Kasich Administration seeks greater regulation of skill games to stop Internet cafes from skirting ban
(Ohio) -- Gov. John Kasich's mid-biennium budget review calls for greater regulation of skill-game arcades in Ohio as a way to prevent Internet cafe owners from...

3/11/2014

article Internet cafe owner turns to beer pong and mini bowling for second chance after bust
(Ohio) -- What a difference a raid and a few felony charges make. Infinity Café in Westlake is a lively suburban barroom with mini-bowling machines, a pool table, neon...

3/10/2014

article Bill to remove arcades from gambling ban could create loopholes
(Florida) -- Arcades like Dave & Busters and Chuck E Cheese will no longer be in violation of state law when they operate their coinless games under a bill that won...
article Bill tweaking sweepstakes café ban clears Senate panel
(Florida) -- One year after passing legislation to ban all internet sweepstakes cafes, lawmakers are considering a bill to tweak the law to allow similar “...
article Florida senior arcades fix poses problems
(Florida) -- An attempt to clear up confusion over laws regulating arcade games may create even more problems, possibly opening the door for a resurgence in store-front...
article Senate bill would clarify state gaming law to allow for more arcade games
(Florida) -- Claw machine lovers, celebrate. A bill moving through the state Senate clarifies Florida law to make sure arcade games, like those found at bowling alleys...
article Both sides plot next moves in battle over sweepstakes cafes
(California) -- Days after an appeals court ruled those so-called sweepstakes cafes amount to illegal gambling, local officials and café owners are deciding what their...

3/6/2014

article Rancho Cordova continues caution with 'Internet gaming' businesses
(California) -- While waiting for courts to decide the legal status of "Internet cafes" that end up operating as gambling hubs, the city of Rancho Cordova has...

3/1/2014

article Cops: Local gambling operation shut down
(New York) -- New Windsor police had planned to give the Happy Internet Cafe, an Internet gaming parlor on Windsor Highway, 48 hours to close under a new law that makes...

2/23/2014

article Sweepstakes cafes wind up losers
(New York) -- The sweepstakes cafes that popped up in Orange County last year and lured in gamblers with casino-style computer games have started to shut down.

2/17/2014

article 'Sweepstakes Cafe' Debate Reaches Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- The recent raids of two Connecticut businesses have put the state in the middle of a national debate over whether "sweepstakes cafes" are...

2/14/2014

article Paramount places moratorium on Internet gambling devices
(California) -- At a special meeting Feb. 3, the City Council approved an urgency ordinance freezing permits or licenses for construction of establishments of any...

2/11/2014

article Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis set to be sentenced in Allied Veterans case
(Florida) -- Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis is facing years in prison Wednesday morning in the Allied Veterans of the World gambling scandal.

2/9/2014

article Are Internet Sweepstakes Gambling? Wake County Says Yes
(North Carolina) -- Gambling is illegal in North Carolina. But there is a gray area: It's called an "Internet sweepstakes." And contrary to it's name,...

1/31/2014

article Conn. lawmaker calls for gambling parlor crackdown
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut has seen a recent influx of businesses that illegally offer video gambling, according to the state Council on Problem Gambling and a...

1/30/2014

article Net Stop Internet cafe to close
(California) -- An Internet cafe in the Excelsior district that drew the attention of neighbors and city officials because of the criminal element it was attracting has...
article Free Sweepstakes or Illegal Gambling?
(Connecticut) -- From outside the Mouse Pad Business Center and Tech Solutions on Route 5 in Enfield, it looks like a regular computer repair and accessories store.Once...

1/21/2014

article Trial to be set in Liberty Internet Cafe case
(Ohio) -- A trial for a man facing gambling charges in Girard Municipal Court will be set in April, though the case could be dismissed.

1/16/2014

article Calif. Lawmaker Drafts Bill To Ban Internet Gambling Cafes
(California) -- On the heels of a massive crackdown of California Internet cafes offering illegal casino-style games, an assemblyman has introduced a bill to block the...

1/15/2014

article Assemblyman unveils anti-Internet cafe bill
(California) -- Nearly two months after joining Bakersfield's war on Internet cafes -- which city officials believe offer illegal gambling -- Assemblyman Rudy Salas...
article Salas: Internet cafes a threat to public safety, local businesses; introduces bill to stop them
(California) -- A state assemblyman seeks to end the proliferation of internet cafes in Bakersfield by defining "sweepstakes" as an illegal activity.

1/8/2014

article Gambling cafe eyes former Elgin coffee shop
(Illinois) -- A business likening itself to a Starbucks that serves alcohol in its beverages is investigating whether it should move into the space formerly occupied by...
article Three people indicted on charges of operating Internet sweepstakes parlors in Raleigh
(North Carolina) -- A Wake County grand jury has indicted three people who have been charged with operating illegal Internet sweepstakes cafes in Raleigh.
article Gretna City Council suspends business license of Internet cafe after raid
(Louisiana) -- The Gretna City Council suspended the occupational license of an Internet café Wednesday night, hours after the cafe was raided because of a suspected...

1/5/2014

article Internet cafe law now in effect, takes toll on Ohio businesses
(Ohio) -- Disconnected phone lines and shells of buildings are all that remain of many Ohio sweepstakes businesses three months after a law effectively banning their...

1/4/2014

article Internet cafe bill takes toll on local businesses
(Ohio) -- Disconnected phone lines and shells of buildings are all that remain of many Ohio sweepstakes businesses three months after a law effectively banning their...
article Malaysian Online Gambling Issue Goes Unchecked
(Malaysia) -- A recent article concerning cyber cafes in Malaysia has brought to light the problems in that jurisdiction that the law makers are facing.

1/3/2014

article L.A. city attorney sues firm that provides cyber-gambling systems
(California) -- Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer has filed a lawsuit against a national developer of gambling systems for its role in allegedly supplying L.A.-area...

1/2/2014

article Los Angeles city attorney sues company, cyber cafe owners over casino-style computer games
(California) -- Los Angeles has sued a developer of casino-style software games it supplied to local cyber cafes — claiming they're nothing more than illegal...

12/28/2013

article Checks To Dozens Of NC Politicians Came From Illegal Gambling
(North Carolina) -- A checking account used last year to make $235,000 in donations to the campaigns of dozens of North Carolina politicians contained the laundered...
article Machines, cash seized from sweepstakes business
(North Carolina) -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives seized about 40 gaming machines and more than $4,400 in cash from a sweepstakes business on Woodlawn Road...
article Police bust sweepstakes business on east Woodlawn Road
(North Carolina) -- Police say they busted another illegal sweepstakes business at 250 east Woodlawn Road on Friday. The business was found to be in violation of the...
article Police shut down sweepstakes parlor, arrest 2 employees
(North Carolina) -- The doors remain closed at a sweepstakes business in south Charlotte that Eyewitness News visited about two weeks ago.
article Sweeps parlors reappear in Scotland County
(North Carolina) -- Flashing lights and sweepstakes signs beckoning passersby to try their luck may be making a comeback in Scotland County after being shut off earlier...
article State law forced shutdown of lucrative Hernando Internet cafes
(Florida) -- What had been a busy and fairly lucrative industry in Hernando County and other parts of the state came to an almost complete halt in March, when state...

12/1/2013

article Sentencing delayed for Oklahoma Man in Gambling Case
(Oklahoma) -- Sentencing has been delayed for an Anadarko man accused in Florida of connections to an illegal Internet cafe gambling ring that led to the ban of the...

11/29/2013

article Gambling arcades try new spin on games
(Florida) -- With his longtime wife sitting nearby, Matt Verhaeg grinned as he repeatedly pushed the ‘SPIN’ button on his slots-like machine. The 82-year-old...

11/22/2013

article Assemblyman promises Internet cafe legislation
(California) -- Hours after a Bakersfield City Council committee learned Thursday that the number of Internet cafes in the city is on the rise, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D...

11/9/2013

article Cuyahoga prosecutor must turn over records from Internet cafe investigation, appellate court rules
(Ohio) -- The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office must turn over some of the documents it compiled during an investigation of Internet cafes, the 8th Ohio District...

11/8/2013

article SF Files Suit Against Internet Cafe Known For Illegal Gambling, 202 Visits From Police
(California) -- San Francisco’s city attorney today filed a lawsuit against an Internet café in the city’s Excelsior District that allegedly hosts illegal...

11/7/2013

article Casino revenues rise while Internet cafes close
(Ohio) -- Did Internet cafes in Ohio offer illegal gambling? That was the crux of the crack down on sweepstakes parlors this year. The cafes sold phone cards or Internet...
article Gambling machine operator wins injunction
(North Carolina) -- A video sweepstakes operator says a court order in eastern North Carolina will allow him to expand in Buncombe County. GiftSurplus owner and...
article Oklahoma to receive $3.5 million from illegal gambling operation
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma is getting $3.5 million to fight crime with funds seized from a Fort Cobb couple during a crackdown on an illegal gambling operation in Florida.
article 'Business center' attracts gambling complaints
(California) -- Take a stroll down Mission Street in San Francisco's Excelsior area and you'll find a neighborhood on the verge.

11/6/2013

article Tokyo cops bust Internet casino in Ueno
(Japan) -- Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday raided a casino in the Ueno district of Taito Ward for permitting illegal gambling, reports Fuji News Network (Nov. 6).

11/1/2013

article Complaints mounting against Excelsior ‘Internet sweepstakes cafes’ where gambling proliferates
(California) -- Want to bet all night on games of keno? No big bankroll or trip to Reno is required. All you need is $10 and a 14-Mission Muni bus.

10/27/2013

article Florida lawmakers may have to tackle Internet cafes again
(Florida) -- Legislators moved swiftly last spring to shutter senior arcades and Internet cafes popping up all over the state. But less than a year after they did that,...
article Florida attorney seeks new trial in gambling case
(Florida) -- A Florida attorney who was convicted earlier this month of using a veterans' organization as a front for a $300 million gambling operation is asking for...

10/19/2013

article Las Cruces Internet gambling case reaches NM Supreme Court
(New Mexico) -- Two justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court said Tuesday they were convinced that businessman Michael T. Vento ran a thinly disguised gambling den in...

10/16/2013

article Internet cafes under fire
(Ohio) -- One of Allen County's two Internet cafes was open for business Monday while the other was preparing to reopen. Both are named 777 Sweeps Stakes.
article Internet casino in Kabukicho busted, 2 arrested
(Japan) -- Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of an online casino in Shinjuku Ward, reports TV Asahi (Oct. 16). Officers took Naoki Nemoto, the 26...
article Former Allied Veterans Internet cafe employee talks to 9 Investigates about gambling allegations
(Florida) -- Was it gambling? For years, the leaders of Allied Veterans of the World maintained publicly that its chain of strip mall Internet gaming centers were...

10/14/2013

article Fears That New Illinois Gambling Cafes May Create Female Addicts
(Illinois) -- When the state of Illinois approved video gambling machines, the first logical place for them to be located was in bars. That made sense: the clientele at...
article Florida lawyer found guilty in gambling racket case
(Florida) -- A Florida attorney was found guilty on Friday of running an illegal gambling operation that was disguised as a veterans' charity and mushroomed into a...

10/12/2013

article Lawyer in Internet cafe gambling case found guilty
(Florida) -- A Jacksonville attorney was convicted Friday of using a veterans’ organization as a front for a $300 million gambling operation in a case that led to...

10/11/2013

article Company, owners guilty in Ohio Internet cafe case
(Ohio) -- A New Jersey company that supplied software for so-called storefront sweepstakes parlors is ending its Ohio operations as part of a plea agreement related to...

10/9/2013

article Chicago gambles
(Illinois) -- Two Chicago Tribune articles brought back memories of things Pabst*. The video gaming industry came up with a concept appealing to women. "The cafes...
article Video gaming cafes targeting women could open in Chicago area
(Illinois) -- Over the next few months, dozens of video gaming cafes that target women could open in the Chicago area – a move bankrolled by a bevy of financial...

10/5/2013

article Internet Cafes starting to pull the plug in Ohio
(Ohio) -- The impact of a new state law that effectively bans storefront sweepstakes parlors is already being felt.

10/3/2013

article Group drops fight against Internet cafe ban
(Ohio) -- Ohio’s effective ban on storefront sweepstakes parlors is set to go into effect today after opponents dropped their effort to pursue a ballot repeal...
article Internet sweepstakes cafes fail to get enough signatures
(Ohio) -- The effort to let voters have the final say on a new law cracking down on hundreds of Internet “sweepstakes” cafes in Ohio fizzled Thursday.
article Internet-cafe referendum won't make it to ballot
(Ohio) -- A referendum campaign aimed at overturning Ohio’s Internet-sweepstakes-cafe legislation is dead, meaning the new law that effectively bans them takes...
article Judge in gambling case throws out 50 charges
(Florida) -- A Florida judge on Tuesday threw out about a third of the more than 150 charges against a Jacksonville attorney accused of using a veterans group as a front...

10/1/2013

article Judge Tosses Some Allied Veterans Counts
(Florida) -- A Florida judge on Tuesday threw out about a third of the more than 150 charges against a Jacksonville attorney accused of using a veterans group as a front...

9/27/2013

article Casino Giants, Tribes Fear Spread Of Sweepstakes Cafes [sub req'd]
(Las Vegas) -- Unregulated sweepstakes cafes will continue to proliferate across the United States unless licensed gaming interests ramp up their efforts to eradicate...
article Video sweepstakes machines return to WNC
(North Carolina) -- In the on-again, off-again world of video gaming, some games are back while the courts work out the legal issues surrounding the industry. Recent...

9/26/2013

article Video sweepstakes machines return to WNC
(North Carolina) -- In the on-again, off-again world of video gaming, some games are back while the courts work out the legal issues surrounding the industry.
article 3 online casino storefronts closed in Hernando County
(Florida) -- Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis says his agency's detectives have shut down three illegal, online casino storefronts, just months after state...

9/23/2013

article Cruz Bill Aims to Eliminate Online Casino Gambling at Casino Cafes
(Guam) -- Senator B.J. Cruz has introduced legislation that would prohibit computerized casino gambling operating under the guise of "Sweepstakes" at so-called...

9/22/2013

article OP/ED: Consider ‘Internet Cafe’ Gambling
(Ohio) -- It appears Ohio legislators will not have to deal with voter nullification of a law enacted earlier this year cracking down on so-called "Internet cafes....

9/21/2013

article Customers believed they were gambling in cafes
(Florida) -- While a jury will have to determine if the games played in Internet cafes allowed customers to gamble, that question was clear to several witnesses on the...

9/20/2013

article Customers believed they were gambling in cafes
(Florida) -- While a jury will have to determine if the games played in Internet cafes allowed customers to gamble, that question was clear to several witnesses on the...

9/19/2013

article First Allied Veterans witness: 'It's a gambling facility'
(Florida) -- A 78-year-old Kissimmee woman testified Thursday that she went gambling every night at Allied Veterans of the World Internet cafes in Clermont and wound up...
article Fla. prosecutor: Lawyer ‘gamed’ legal system over gambling centers
(Florida) -- Florida's statewide prosecutor told a jury that a Jacksonville attorney "gamed" the legal system in creating a network of gambling centers...

9/18/2013

article Opening statements in trial of Jacksonville attorney who worked with Allied Veterans
(Florida) -- A jury has been selected in the trial of a Jacksonville attorney accused of being the mastermind behind a veteran's charity that prosecutors say...
article Deputies raid Boomtown Internet cafe in gambling probe
(California) -- Deputies seized computers and cash in a raid on Boomtown Sweepstakes, an Internet cafe where they suspected gambling took place, Tuesday morning.

9/14/2013

article Lawyer for Fla. veterans charity goes on trial
(Florida) -- Attorney Kelly Mathis says he simply gave legal advice to a veterans' charity that ran a string of Internet cafes offering customers a chance to play...
article Lead defendant in Internet casino, racketeering case goes on trial
(Florida) -- It was a scandal that cost Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll her job. She was not arrested, but more than 50 people were, on charges that they ran casinos...

9/9/2013

article Manager of Chicopee Internet Cafe Pleads Guilty in Gambling Operation
(Massachusetts) -- A manager of “Cafeno’s” Internet café in Chicopee has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in connection with operating an illegal slot...

9/3/2013

article Internet cafe owners submit signatures for voter referendum on law
(Ohio) -- Opponents of a state law banning Internet sweepstakes cafes filed 433,834 signatures with Secretary of State Jon Husted yesterday, betting they have enough to...
article Internet cafes may get reprieve / Signatures could put issue on Ohio ballot
(Ohio) -- Some 340 Internet cafes that Ohio lawmakers have been trying to put out of business possibly bought themselves at least a year’s reprieve on Tuesday with...
article LETTER: Internet cafe closures have impacted older residents and so have hurt businesses
(Florida) -- To the editor: A wake up call for the local businesses. Time for Outback, Applebee's, Longhorn, Olive Garden, and other local restaurants to speak out....

9/1/2013

article Editorial: Make Internet cafe ban stick
(Ohio) -- The Ohio legislature should move quickly when it reconvenes after Labor Day to rectify the weakness in the ban it passed this summer against Internet...

8/29/2013

article Internet cafes think new law will go to voters
(Ohio) -- The fate of Ohio’s Internet sweepstakes cafes is ready to be decided: either a new law probably puts them out of business, or they survive until November...

8/20/2013

article Internet cafe hosted illegal gambling, police say
(California) -- The operators of Internet cafes that also offer computer “sweepstakes” games say there’s nothing illegal about that gambling. One even...

8/18/2013

article California's Indian tribes denounce Internet gambling cafes: Opinion
(California) -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department recently raided several illegal Internet gambling operations in the city of Carson that have created...
article Law enforcement cracking down on Internet gambling operations in Southern California
(California) -- Three nondescript printing shops nestled in Carson retail strips were stormed by sheriff's deputies recently in a crackdown on what they describe as...

8/16/2013

article Task force closes last Cuyahoga County Internet casino
(Ohio) -- On Friday, a task force of local, state and federal law enforcement officials closed the last of all known illegal Internet gambling halls located in Cuyahoga...

8/15/2013

article Former national leader of Allied Veterans enters plea in Internet casino case
(Florida) -- The former national leader of Allied Veterans of the World, a non-profit organization rocked by an Internet café gambling scandal, pleaded no contest...

8/14/2013

article Internet casino defendants due in court in Sanford
(Florida) -- Several co-defendants in the giant Allied Veterans of the World Internet casino gambling case are to be in court this afternoon to discuss possible pleas.

8/11/2013

article NM Supreme Court to hear arguments Monday on whether man ran internet cafe or gambling den
(New Mexico) -- Michael T. Vento says he was a legitimate businessman running an internet café. Prosecutors allege that he was an inventive criminal operating a gambling...
article Gaming expert will not testify in Allied cases
(Florida) -- A man prosecutors billed as a national expert on slot machines will not testify against any of the 57 people arrested in the Allied Veterans corruption...

8/8/2013

article State high court to hear whether man ran internet café or gambling den
(New Mexico) -- Michael T. Vento says he was a legitimate businessman running an internet café. Prosecutors allege that he was an inventive criminal operating a gambling...

8/6/2013

article Internet cafe, casino to reopen Wednesday
(Florida) -- Ming Chen owns and operates CocoNuts Internet Cafe on Merritt Island. The cafe was open for two years until state legislation passed a bill three months ago...
article Judge: Pam Bondi does not have to answer Internet gambling casino questions under oath
(Florida) -- A Sanford judge today ruled that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi does not have to answer defense attorneys' questions under oath in a mammoth...

8/5/2013

article Fla. AG Tries To Evade Deposition In $300M Gambling Case
(Florida) -- A Florida state judge is expected to rule Tuesday on four defendants' request to question the Florida attorney general in connection with her...

8/3/2013

article Gilroy: Internet cafe raided on gambling suspicions
(California) -- Authorities have cracked down on what they are calling an illegal gambling den disguised as an Internet cafe in a northwest Gilroy strip mall.

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