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Columbus: Future of internet cafes up to lawmakers

The odds on the survival of internet cafes in Ohio are hard to figure. A proposal that would amount to banning them has made it through the House and awaits possible debate before the Senate.

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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.

8/2/2013

article Feds, Gilroy Police Raid Alleged Illegal Casino
(California) -- Gilroy police and agents from the Department of Justice Thursday night raided what they are calling an illegal online casino posing as an Internet cafe,...

7/28/2013

article Cruz Asks Attorney General to Review Draft Measure Prohibiting Casino Cafes
(Guam) -- Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz has asked the Guam Attorney General to review a draft of a bill that would prohibit so called "Internet Sweepstakes Cafes" or...

7/26/2013

article Florida Gambling Law Illegalizes Macs, PCs, Smartphones [Radio]
(Florida) -- Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine discusses a Florida law, which was meant to curb gambling — but ended up with unanticipated, far-reaching...
article SMITH: California's Indian tribes denounce Internet gambling cafes
(California) -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department recently raided several illegal Internet gambling operations in the city of Carson that have created...
article Okla. attorney general moves to seize nearly $8M
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's attorney general is being allowed to continue an effort to seize nearly $8 million from an Anadarko couple and the corporations they control...

7/25/2013

article Lawyer on trial with others in gaming center scandal
(Florida) -- The Jacksonville attorney charged as the mastermind behind the Allied Veterans of the World gaming centers scandal will be going on trial with some of his...
article Internet Café Proponents Claim Harassment By 'Casino Industry'; Ohio's Anti-Sweepstakes Law Goes Into Effect Sept. 4
(Ohio) -- Persons gathering signatures to put a repeal of Ohio's Internet sweepstakes ban on the ballot claim they're being harassed by "corporate casino...

7/24/2013

article Opponents of Ohio Internet cafe ban claim harassment by ‘casino interests’
(Ohio) -- Individuals collecting signatures to put a repeal of Ohio’s Internet sweepstakes ban on the ballot claim they’re being harassed by “corporate...

7/23/2013

article Online gambling investigation results in Internet cafe closure
(California) -- After KTVU showed up at an indiscreet “Internet café” that appeared to provide online gambling in Concord Tuesday afternoon, the business...

7/21/2013

article Sweepstakes cafes feed patrons' hopes
(New York) -- The Middletown woman hoped Wednesday was her lucky day. She watched over and over as numbers and fruit pieces spun around in a slot-machine-like fashion on...

7/19/2013

article The battle over Ohio's internet cafes takes a nasty turn
(Ohio) -- Last month legislation that could basically outlaw the estimated 800 internet cafes in Ohio was signed into law. And there’s already trouble over the...
article Bakersfield fights sweepstakes cafes: 'It is like Whac-A-Mole'
(California) -- With more complaints coming in, Bakersfield officials are looking for more ways to deal with sweepstakes cafes. The city attorney and police have upped...

7/18/2013

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...

7/15/2013

article Internet-cafe petition workers allege harassment by casino interests
(Ohio) -- People gathering signatures on a petition seeking to block an Internet-sweepstakes cafe law say they are being harassed by opponents.

7/14/2013

article Editorial: Ohio House should act
(Ohio) -- The Ohio Senate recently took action to put Internet sweepstakes cafes out of business and end Ohioans’ misery. It’s the second such effort in two...
article Tell Truth About ‘Internet Cafes’
(West Virginia) -- Supporters of "Internet cafes" in Ohio are mounting a petition drive to stop a new state law that curbs the establishments severely.

7/12/2013

article Sacramento police raid suspected illegal gambling operations
(California) -- Sacramento police working with the California Department of Justice Gambling Unit raided two Internet gambling sites in North Sacramento on Wednesday,...
article Santa Rosa Internet cafe raided in gambling investigation
(California) -- Police raided a Santa Rosa Internet cafe this week, the fifth in Sonoma County since February to come under investigation for allegedly offering illegal...

7/10/2013

article Did new Florida law make computers and phones illegal?
(Florida) -- Did Florida just accidentally make all computers and smartphones illegal? The state recently passed a bill to crack down on gambling in Internet cafes. In a...
article Suit: Florida accidentally banned all computers and cell phones
(Florida) -- According to the plaintiffs in a Florida lawsuit, the state inadvertently banned all computer and cell phones in a hasty attempt to crack down on Internet...

7/9/2013

article Florida has accidentally banned smartphones, tablets and PCs, claims lawsuit
(Florida) -- The US state of Florida has unwittingly made the use of smartphones, tablets, PCs and any other device that can connect to the internet illegal, claims an...
article Florida lawmakers ban all computers and smart phones
(Florida) -- In a case of hasty wording, Florida lawmakers banned all computers and smart phones in the state, in an effort to stop gambling in internet cafes throughout...

7/8/2013

article Sweepstakes Cafe Ban Spawns Lawsuits In Florida [sub req'd]
(Florida) -- Florida’s ban on Internet sweepstakes cafes is drawing a slew of lawsuits claiming the new law is so broad that it could make smart phones and...

7/7/2013

article Florida ban on Internet cafes faces court many lawsuits
(Florida) -- Fourth of July fireworks arrived early for Florida's sweeping new ban on video slot machines. The law, which sent police raids surging into dozens of...

7/2/2013

article Lawsuit claims broad sweep of Internet café ban applies to all computers
(Florida) -- An Internet café operator from Homestead, whose clientele are primarily migrant workers seeking computer time, is suing the state challenging the...
article Senior arcades suing to have Dave & Buster’s, Boomers shut down
(Florida) -- Operators of arcades striking back with lawsuits. Fourth of July fireworks have arrived early for Florida’s sweeping new ban on video slot machines.

6/29/2013

article State Supreme Court to decide fate of businessman's Internet cafe or casino
(New Mexico) -- McDonald's offered a Monopoly sweepstakes game with its burgers and fries. Coca-Cola had a promotion in which certain bottle caps could be exchanged...

6/28/2013

article State lawmakers move to further limit Internet sweepstakes cafes with referendum-proof legislation
(Ohio) -- State senators this week moved to further clamp down on Internet sweepstakes cafes, passing legislation that would limit prizes the cafes could pay to their...

6/25/2013

article Casino or café: NM Supreme Court debates case
(New Mexico) -- McDonald's offered a Monopoly sweepstakes game with its burgers and fries. Coca-Cola had a promotion in which certain bottle caps could be exchanged...

6/24/2013

article Documents detail Lucky 7 findings
(Massachusetts) -- The owners of the Lucky 7 arcades on Rogers Street in Gloucester and inside the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers insist that the game machines inside...
article Does Internet café law cover kids' arcade games?
(Florida) -- Amid the flashing lights and whirring sounds at the arcades on Daytona Beach's Boardwalk, players can try for a high score in skee ball, get behind a...
article Man Who Jumped From Window In Norwalk Gambling Raid Dies
(Connecticut) -- A 53-year-old Monroe man who jumped from a third-story window during a raid at an illegal gambling establishment in Norwalk last week died of his his...

6/22/2013

article Cafe petition moves forward
(Ohio) -- Opponents of an Ohio law that effectively bans storefront sweepstakes parlors can start collecting signatures in their effort to have voters repeal the measure...
article Editorial: Why should state have monopoly on gambling?
(Ohio) -- Though government too often competes with private-sector businesses, it should not do so. And government certainly should not set itself up as a monopoly.
article Internet-cafe ban foes take a step
(Ohio) -- The race is on to collect 231,148 voter signatures by a group hoping to overturn a new state law that essentially bans Internet sweepstakes cafes.
article Sweepstakes cafes just won't go away
(North Carolina) -- It's an industry that has defied the odds. For years, North Carolina has tried to outlaw sweepstakes cafes — places where people play fast-...
article Sweepstakes industry challenging new N.C. law
(North Carolina) -- Local authorities and sweepstakes businesses in North Carolina are in a legal standoff. The businesses across the state offer fast-moving computer...

6/21/2013

article Bedford Internet Cafe Closed; Charges Filed Against Pair
(Michigan) -- A Bedford Township Internet cafe where online gambling allegedly was taking place has been shut down and two men face charges as part of a statewide sweep...

6/20/2013

article Editorial: Hooked by design
(Ohio) -- The Ohio Senate this summer gambled with the lives of some of the state’s most-vulnerable residents — and all Ohioans lost. This is obvious from a...

6/17/2013

article Internet cafes provide easy access for Ohio’s problem gamblers
(Ohio) -- The Whitehall woman had been visiting her neighborhood Internet-sweepstakes cafe weekly for two years when it hit her.

6/16/2013

article Communities could lose funds if Internet cafes close
(Ohio) -- Skill games and Internet sweepstakes cafés pumped more than $300,000 into local government coffers during the last year in the form of licensing fees, which...
article OP/ED: Rethink Internet Cafes in Ohio
(Ohio) -- Though government too often competes with private-sector businesses, it should not do so. And government certainly should not set itself up as a monopoly.

6/14/2013

article Gentile Joins Fight Against Illegal Sweepstakes Cafes
(New York) -- Councilman Vincent Gentile joined in on the condemnation of so called “Internet Sweepstakes Cafes,” which are shady parlors that prey on low-...

6/6/2013

article Arcades Fail to Challenge Florida Gambling Law
(Florida) -- Two Florida arcades failed to persuade a federal judge that the state's new video gambling law is unconstitutionally vague and violates the rights of...

6/5/2013

article Judge denies injunction sought by senior arcades
(Florida) -- A federal judge refused Tuesday to block enforcement of Florida’s new video gambling law, rejecting arguments by the owners of two Broward senior...
article Judge won't block Internet cafe ban
(Florida) -- From MH's Glenn Garvin: A federal judge refused Tuesday to block enforcement of Florida’s new video gambling law, rejecting arguments by the...
article Internet cafes look to ballot
(Ohio) -- Having been squeezed out of their spot at the legislative table, Internet cafes say they are prepared to roll the dice with the Ohio voters. Gov. John Kasich...

6/4/2013

article Authorities raid two alleged illegal casinos in Medina County
(Ohio) -- State and local authorities raided two storefront gambling operations Tuesday morning in Medina County and charged the owner with operating an illegal casino,...

6/2/2013

article Despite recent ban, Internet cafe reopens in Spring Hill
(Florida) -- Remember all those popular sweepstakes cafes that were shut down earlier this year after a state and federal investigation? Well, a Hernando County man...
article Matt Reed: State too harsh on mini-casinos?
(Florida) -- Lawmakers appeared to go nuclear after the state filed criminal charges against a chain of “Internet cafes” — businesses many had come to...

6/1/2013

article Long overdue ban on Internet cafes: Sun News editorial
(Ohio) -- The death knell has been rung for Internet cafes in the state of Ohio, and we are glad to see these storefront gambling operations come to an end.

5/31/2013

article State, arcades clash in court over video gambling machines
(Florida) -- Florida’s controversial new law on video gambling machines began what will undoubtedly be an epic voyage through the judicial system Friday, when...

5/29/2013

article Ohio Internet cafes to file new affidavits by June
(Ohio) -- Ohio's attorney general is telling more than 600 Internet cafes to file new affidavits with his office by next month.

5/28/2013

article Ohio moves to ban Internet sweepstakes cafes
(Ohio) -- Amid growing concerns over the proliferation of Internet sweepstakes cafes in Ohio, politicians in the American Midwestern state have passed legislation that...

5/27/2013

article North Ridgeville: Internet cafes prepare to go dark
(Ohio) -- Lucky Bezak isn't feeling very lucky this week. He is one of three co-owners of Aces Grille and Internet Cafe in North Ridgeville. The State Senate voted...
article Ohio Takes Aim at So-Called Internet Sweepstakes Cafes
(Ohio) -- Ohio is the latest state to seeks a legislative solution to the issue of Internet sweepstakes cafes. According to a report in the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio...

5/25/2013

article Editorial: Bill should not ban all gambling operations
(Ohio) -- Ohio legislators finally seem to be getting serious about shutting down "Internet cafes" throughout the state. They are absolutely right to be doing...
article Video sweepstakes operator found guilty
(North Carolina) -- A judge found a man guilty in what’s believed to be the first conviction under North Carolina’s video sweepstakes ban. District Court...

5/24/2013

article Internet gambling cafes shutting down
(Florida) -- The spinning wheels and flashing lights are quickly fading into memory along Manatee County's version of the Las Vegas strip.
article Internet cafe crackdown in Gov. Kasich's hands
(Ohio) -- The Ohio House approved the measure 76-14 on Wednesday and Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign it. The bill was championed by Republican Senate President...
article Ohio Senate delivers fatal blow to Internet cafes
(Ohio) -- Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday delivered a fatal blow to Internet cafes. The Senate voted in favor of House Bill 7, effectively banning Internet cafes in the...

5/23/2013

article Bill to shut down gambling cafes OK'd
(Ohio) -- The latest effort to strike down unauthorized gambling in Ohio got final legislative approval Wednesday, but discussions will continue regarding fraternal and...

5/22/2013

article FL Legislature's haste on casino-style gambling ban misfires
(Florida) -- The Legislature's rush to judgment on Internet cafes in the wake of a massive scandal has led to unintended consequences predictable when the bill...

5/19/2013

article AARP cancels Florida sweepstakes, blames new state gambling law
(Florida) -- Sorry, grandma and grandpa. The AARP is blocking Florida residents from participating in its Perfect Path to Retirement $50,000 Giveaway and its forthcoming...

5/17/2013

article AARP cancels Florida sweepstakes, blames new state gambling law
(Florida) -- Sorry, grandma and grandpa. The AARP is blocking Florida residents from participating in its Perfect Path to Retirement $50,000 Giveaway and its forthcoming...

5/16/2013

article Internet cafe law may have unintended targets
(Florida) -- House Bill 155 was designed to sweep the state of illegal gambling cafes, and it worked. Internet cafes from Jacksonville to Key West have closed.

5/15/2013

article Chuck E. Cheese gambling: Casino comparison has Chuck E. Cheese in news
(USA) -- Is Chuck E. Cheese a gambling ground for kids? On May 14, Time reported that some feel as though the popular kid-hang-out is a breeding ground for bad habits....

5/14/2013

article Chuck E. Cheese: Where a Kid Can Gamble Like an Adult
(USA) -- What with all the flashing screens, dinging bells, and glazed-over customers absorbed in the games at hand, a Chuck E. Cheese arcade bears quite a resemblance...

5/13/2013

article Skill games registry could go into Internet cafe bill
(Ohio) -- As lawmakers move to eliminate Internet cafes in Ohio, concerns that café owners may try to call themselves something new prompted the Ohio Casino Control...

5/12/2013

article Internet gambling cafes, other groups hope to survive bill
(Ohio) -- While Internet cafes are trying to save themselves by attempting to block a bill drawn up to shut them down, fraternal and veterans organizations hope to use...
article Despite law, cities quiet on kids’ gaming machines
(Florida) -- Since Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation outlawing video gambling machines last month, South Florida cops have rolled through their cities like the...

5/10/2013

article Currituck bolsters online gaming laws
(North Carolina) -- Currituck County has passed an ordinance governing Internet gaming sites to account for new software that might bypass existing law.

5/5/2013

article Wayne T. Price: Gambling talks will get more serious this summer
(Florida) -- A few weeks ago, a man probably in his mid- to late-60s peered in the window of a now-closed Internet cafe in Suntree. He jerked the door a couple times,...
article Will a new gaming study offer hope for internet cafes? Probably not
(Florida) -- The doors to those Internet cafes have been locked tight since the governor signed a bill making them illegal but there is some news out of Tallahassee...
article Editorial: Cafés’ closing time
(Ohio) -- Last week, the Ohio Senate voted to extend the moratorium on the opening and expansion of Internet sweepstakes cafés. Now it’s past time for lawmakers to...

5/1/2013

article Ohio attorney general takes aim at Van Wert Internet cafe
(Ohio) -- A Van Wert Internet café is one of three the Ohio Attorney General filed a lawsuit against to close.

4/30/2013

article Internet cafe in Van Wert targeted by Ohio AG
(Ohio) -- A business in Van Wert is in the crosshairs of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. On Tuesday, a lawsuit was filed against AJ's Sweepstakes, 1150 S. Shannon...
article Lid to tighten on Internet cafes in Ohio
(Ohio) -- The Ohio Senate is expected to vote today to expand the moratorium on opening new Internet cafes in Ohio, while the attorney general filed lawsuits against...

4/29/2013

article Ohio Lawmakers Plot Move To Abolish Sweepstakes Cafes [sub. req'd]
(Ohio) -- Ohio lawmakers now want to eradicate, not regulate, the hundreds of sweepstakes cafes that are believed to be siphoning hundreds of millions from the state...

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