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County resisting Internet cafes

While Casino-style Internet cafes could soon be banned in most parts of Orange County, Lake County may not be ready to go there yet.


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article FBI Investigating 11 SJ Businesses Busted in Illegal Gambling Raid
(California) -- San Jose police and the FBI conducted a massive illegal gambling raid on Tuesday evening, where they hauled off as many as 100 gaming machines.
article Police, FBI raid cafes, bars in illegal gambling probe
(California) -- Police officers and FBI agents are raiding 11 Vietnamese cafes and bars in a crackdown on illegal video gambling machines in a Northern California city.


article Oakland shuts down 'sweepstakes cafe’ as alleged gambling parlor
(California) -- Oakland city officials said Wednesday that they filed a lawsuit against an illegal gambling establishment in the city’s Fruitvale District, a...
article Online gambling, e-cigarette issues revisited in Dixon
(California) -- Emergency bans on online gambling and electronic cigarettes may have been voted down in Dixon, but the subject matter is far from dead.
article Three indicted for running illegal Defiance gambling house
(Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Defiance County Prosecutor Morris J. Murray today announced that a Defiance County Grand Jury has indicted three...


article Internet cafe owners indicted
(Ohio) -- The owners of a former Findlay Internet cafe, the Talk-N-Win at 7525 Patriot Drive, have been indicted by a Defiance County grand jury on multiple charges of...
article Oregon trio indicted on illegal gambling charges
(Ohio) -- Three Oregon residents have been indicted by a Defiance County Grand Jury on charges of running illegal gambling house throughout northwest Ohio.


article Owners of Internet cafe charged with crimes
(Ohio) -- Three people accused of running illegal gambling houses across northwestern Ohio —including one in Fremont — were charged with crimes on Thursday....


article Internet cafe or gambling house?
(California) -- The owner of a northeast Stockton strip mall wants one of his tenants busted for allowing what he says is illegal gambling to go on inside the store. An...


article Kelly Mathis maintains innocence on Internet cafe gambling charges
(Florida) -- "I did nothing more than any other attorney would do, I provided legal advice and advocacy to my client," said Kelly Mathis in his first...
article 3 accused in running illegal gambling out of Portland cafe plead not guilty
(Oregon) -- Three suspects in an international scheme to operate illegal gambling machines in Oregon pleaded not guilty in a Portland courtroom on Wednesday for their...


article Allied Veterans of the World: A massive scandal -- or just overreach?
(Florida) -- The public corruption scandal that unfurled through Florida two years ago came with warnings that the 57 illegal gambling arrests were just the beginning.


article Alleged Gambling Operation Owners Refuse To Shut Down, Forcing San Francisco To File Lawsuit
(California) -- San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit Thursday with the aim of shutting down an alleged illegal gambling operation in the city...


article Ban on Internet sweepstakes games clears panel
(Kentucky) -- Although some believe so-called sweepstakes cafe devices — which sell Internet time and award jackpots to customers — are already illegal, a...


article Kentucky receives bill to ban Internet cafes from offering sweepstakes games
(Kentucky) -- Republican Senator Mike Wilson does not seem to like what is going on inside of the Internet Cafes. The senator has started a fight against Java Cafes, but...


article California attorney sues to shut down illegal casino
(California) -- A Northern California city attorney has filed a lawsuit against an illegal casino amid a crackdown on so-called Internet sweepstakes cafes that have...


article Oakland shuts down 'sweepstakes cafe’ as alleged gambling parlor
(California) -- Oakland city officials said Wednesday that they filed a lawsuit against an illegal gambling establishment in the city’s Fruitvale District, a...


article Investigators: Internet cafe shut down for illegal gambling
(Kentucky) -- A business in Ashland, city leaders are calling a illegal gambling operation, is closed. Lucky 7's, on 13th Street, was shuttered by deputies on...


article Alleged gambling business near downtown shut down
(Kentucky) -- The city filed a lawsuit Wednesday and got a restraining order to close what it says is an Internet gambling business that opened in January near downtown...
article Business owner who fatally shot would-be robber won't face charges
(Kentucky) -- As police investigate a spate of recent homicides in Wilmington, the shooter in one incident may not face charges. Saturday evening, the owner of a video...


article Sweepstakes operators' lawsuit against city police chief set for trial
(North Carolina) -- An Internet sweepstakes business’ lawsuit against Burlington Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe is scheduled to go to trial next week. The suit,...


article Computers, gun seized from Internet café in Oildale
(California) -- Computers, drugs and a loaded gun were seized from a so-called Internet café in Oildale. Days before that happened, Eyewitness News started investigating...


article State Officials Shut Down Illegal Gaming Cafes
(Florida) -- The Attorney General’s Office teamed up with the Arizona Department of Gaming, the Phoenix Police Department and the Department of Public Safety to...


article Gaming Dept. officials shut down illegal gambling cafes
(Arizona) -- State authorities say they have shut down two Internet cafes in Phoenix as part of an ongoing illegal gambling investigation. Arizona Department of Gaming...


article Arizona authorities pull plug on Internet gambling operation
(Arizona) -- Tucked inside a tiny strip mall near 15th Avenue and Indian School Road, there is a barbershop. Or, at least that's what the sign on the building...


article 2 Phoenix Internet cafes closed in illegal gambling investigation
(Arizona) -- Arizona law enforcement shut down two Phoenix Internet cafes Tuesday as part of an ongoing illegal gambling investigation, said Arizona Department of Gaming...


article Internet sweepstakes cafes shut down in California
(California) -- Internet sweepstakes cafes, the thinly disguised gambling sites that kept popping up throughout the Bay Area, have shut down to comply with a state law...


article New Internet gaming café to open in Northfield Village
(Ohio) -- Northfield Village will soon be home to the first gaming café in the area since Jackpots and Dusk 'till Dawn closed last year. Owner Howard Shafron plans...


article Lawsuit Filed On Video Machines - Brevard NC
(North Carolina) -- Lucky Sweeps, Inc ., has filed a lawsuit against the Brevard Police Department and the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office in response to the...


article Approach to gambling operations divided along county line
(Florida) -- The computer gambling terminals have all been removed from one former simulated slot machine parlor on Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota and workers were busy...


article Illinois video gambling locations use loophole to operate “casino cafes”
(Illinois) -- A recently conducted study of Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) records of Illinois video gambling found that hundreds of locations have used a loophole in the...


article Video sweepstakes gaming loses a big one
(North Carolina) -- The video gaming/gambling business in North Carolina lost a big one Tuesday (11-18-14) when the Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 that two operators'...


article Despite illegality, Internet gambling cafes continue operation on the Suncoast
(Florida) -- State legislators took on Internet cafes last year, making the businesses illegal in the interest of protecting consumers. Police have been enforcing the...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 —...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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.


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.


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 readers were pleased state lawmakers decided to essentially ban the...


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...


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."


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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.


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...


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’...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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.


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...


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.


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,...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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.


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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).


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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...


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...

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