Skill games arrive in Ohio

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Florida Adult Arcade Solution 750x75LORAIN – Internet sweepstakes cafes driven out of business in Lorain County re-emerged with new software.

“They are bona fide skill games, which means the operator determines if it wins or loses,” said Bill Janowich, owner of Mega Nites cafe at 1508 state Route 60, Vermilion Township.

game after game sweeps 300x300According to Janowich, the new software integrated with skill games are the same with the old games except that skills determine the customer’s chance of winning.

“It’s not just raw luck. The games are the same except that the customer interacts. The higher the skill you have, the more you’re going to win,” Janowich explained.

The city auditor Ron Mantini revealed the city earned as much as $81,600 in 2012 and $76,210 in 2013 from internet café licensing requirements.

Mantini called internet cafes as good entertainment for a lot of people. He said people could play for an hour and drive home for five minutes, instead of travelling to Cleveland to play in a casino.

“As far as I know we’re the only ones doing it this way in the area and our customers seem to like it,” said Janowich.

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Authorities shut down 2 internet cafes in South California

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Florida Sweepstakes Solution 750x75SAN GABRIEL VALLEY – Authorities shut down two internet cafes in Southern California and arrested two people in connection with illegal online gambling.

According to the California Bureau of Gaming Control, internet cafes selling internet time and phone cards in conjunction with promotional sweepstakes is prohibited under the state law.

Last week, an undercover investigation on illegal online gambling resulted in the arrest of store manager Sheryl Duson in suspicion of possessing slot devices after authorities served a search warrant at Quick Connect located at 900 block of North Citrus Avenue. She was charged with misdemeanor.

game after game sweeps 300x300Likewise, law enforcement raided Tel Expo internet café on North Azusa Avenue and arrested store owner Henry Hakopian, 21. They also confiscated nearly 40 computer device used to access slot machines and poker games.

According to Detective Ryan Balsz, Quick Connect was registered in the California Secretary of State as an internet café which offered internet access and mobile accessories. However, it was revealed that it also offered online gambling by issuing pin numbers to customers.

Balsz said a customer can purchase 2000 points for $20 and then they would enter the pin number in the computer to play. If they win, they will redeem the points for cash.

Furthermore, Sgt. Jim McDonough told Quick Connect also had a wheel which offered spins to customers for additional points.

“We received several complaints about illegal Internet gambling in the city. Due to the complaints, detectives did an undercover operation,” McDonough said.

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Video gambling back in Crystal Lake

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Florida Adult Arcade Solution 750x75CRYSTAL LAKE – A group of bar and restaurant owners proposed to allow video gambling in the city.

The Cottage owner Paul Leech asked the City Council to grant restaurateurs another chance to present their proposal in a public hearing on October after being denied last time.

According to Leech, the proposal supported by Brink Street Bar and Grill, Fire Bar and Grill, Williams Street Public House, Coleman’s, Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen will bring businesses as well as income to the city.

Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley told no City Council to put the subject on a future agenda. However, no discussions on the request have taken place yet.

game after game sweeps 300x300In 2009, the state of Illinois enacted The Video Gaming Act which legalized the use of video gaming terminals in licensed establishments, licensed truck stop establishments, licensed fraternal establishments, and licensed veterans establishments.

However, a majority of the City Council adopted an opt-out ordinance in June and prohibited Crystal Lake from partaking in the gambling liberties awarded through the Act.

Councilman Ralph Dawson told the city will only lose in the long run of it depend as a community on gambling.

“If the general public in Crystal Lake don’t want it, that’s fine, I’ll live with it. But to be honest, I don’t think they care either way. If we have an open meeting, anyone who is vehemently against it would show up. I would listen and go with the majority, but we haven’t got to that point,” Leech stated.

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How man fractured jaw and injured head at internet cafe

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Florida Sweepstakes Solution 750x75SYDNEY – A man was rushed in a hospital with a fractured jaw and head injuries after a customer punched him in the head in an internet café.

On Thursday night, the 20 year old victim identified as “John” lost consciousness and collapsed a few minutes after he was attacked by fellow customer inside Sydney Intergate, an internet café along George Street in the CBD.

According to a staff who did not want to be named, the victim was punched in the head by game after game sweeps 300x300an unidentified male customer between 18-25, about 180cm, slim built in grey shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. The suspect fled the scene after.

The police spokeswoman told it was not clear why the suspect attacked John.

John was taken to St. Vincent hospital after paramedics were called at the scene.

“We believe it was not a life threatening situation and luckily he’s fine,” said a St Vincent hospital spokesman.

 

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36 gaming machines seized in Covina

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Florida Sweepstakes Solution 750x75COVINA – An undercover investigation on illegal online gambling resulted in an arrest of one person and seizure of 36 gaming machines, the Covina Police Department reported.

Store manager Sheryl Duson of Hacienda Heights was arrested on suspicion of possessing slot devices after authorities served a search warrant at Quick Connect located at 900 block of North Citrus Avenue. She was charged with misdemeanor.

According to Detective Ryan Balsz, Quick Connect was registered in the California Secretary of State as an internet café which offered internet access and mobile accessories. However, it was revealed that it also offered online gambling by issuing pin numbers to customers.

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Balsz said a customer can purchase 2000 points for $20 and then they would enter the pin number in the computer to play. If they win, they will redeem the points for cash.

Furthermore, Sgt. Jim McDonough told Quick Connect also had a wheel which offered spins to customers for additional points.

“We received several complaints about illegal Internet gambling in the city. Due to the complaints, detectives did an undercover operation,” McDonough said.

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Houston gambling operators throw out gambling rule

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Florida Adult Arcade Solution 750x75HOUSTON, TX – A Houston game room operator who believes rules were for breaking sued Harris County for allegedly affecting his ability to earn a living.

The businessman Fabian Elizondo argued that new rules which took effect in May limiting operation hours of gaming parlors in Harris County was vague, thus it must be thrown out.

game after game sweeps 300x300“It has definitely affected business. It’s hindered our income in a great magnitude. And I think the big complaint about it is that we’re getting these big rules that places like bars and strip clubs around Houston will never get,” said Elizondo.

Another game room operator who refused to be named agreed with Elizondo and told that his business was unfairly targeted by lawmakers.

On the other hand, Senior Assistant County Attorney Fred Keys told game operators not to rip off people in their game rooms.

“Be like Dave and Buster’s and let everybody have a good time,” Keys commented.

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Woman steals nearly $1M to pay for online gambling

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WORCESTER – A woman was charged with of wire fraud after stealing almost $1 million from her in-laws, said the U.S. District Court.

When her mother-in-law fell ill in 2008, Chiao Fang Ku, 46, of Holden allegedly offered to pay her in-laws’ bill by accessing their bank accounts. Ku’s father-in-law accepted the offer and gave Ku access to the bank accounts which contained “significant amount of funds.”

In October of 2008, the in-laws moved from New Jersey to Holden to be closer their grandchildren. They sold their properties in New Jersey including a house and placed the sale money in a bank account.

According to the authorities, Ku took more than $950,000 from the victim’s bank account to support her online gambling and pay for her credit cards.

The U.S. District Court scheduled a waiver of indictment and plea to the charge for Friday.

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US Senators push DOJ to reinstate Wire Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A trio of senators sent a letter to the Justice Department this week asking for support to end online gambling in the United States.

In a letter address to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the senators urged the agency to support a bill introduced earlier that aims to reinstate a federal ban on online gambling.

“The clock is ticking. We must act before we find virtual casinos making gambling pervasive in our society, invading living rooms, bedrooms, and dorm rooms across the country; a result we know the DOJ does not want to see,” the letter read.

The letter signed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, and Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire also came with a legislation to restore the Interstate Wire Act of 1961 before the DOJ opinion in December 2011.

According to the Wire Act, “whoever being engaged in the business of betting or wagering knowingly uses a wire communication facility for the transmission in interstate or foreign commerce of bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers on any sporting event or contest, or for the transmission of a wire communication which entitles the recipient to receive money or credit as a result of bets or wagers, or for information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

The letter asked: “Since you have changed DOJ’s interpretation of the Wire Act, opining that it only applies to sports-related betting, will you support the legislation we have introduced to respond to your re-interpretation of the statute?”

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Gaming cheat busted at Sands casino

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LAS VEGAS – One of state’s most wanted and excluded person from the Gaming Control Board Commission was arrested inside a casino in Bethlehem on Saturday.

The suspect Jubreal Chahine, 40, of Las Vegas was arrested inside Sands Casino Resort after Sands surveillance team alerted the authorities around 4 in the afternoon. He was detained at the Northampton County Prison under $150,000 bail.

Chahine has been on the GCB’s watch list for multiple warrants from the National Crime Information Center for 14 counts felony of fraudulent acts in a gaming establishment, 1 count felony for burglary and 6 counts felony of commit or attempt fraudulent acts in gaming establishment.

He also goes by different aliases with variations such as “Alexander Gabriel Allen”, “Allen Gabriel Alexander”, “Jubreal Chachine”, “Gabriell A. Alexander”, “Gabriel A.  Allen”, “Jubreal Chahin”, “Gabriell Allen Alexander”,  “Allen G Allen.”

Among the GCB’s most wanted were Rogel Yap Canlas, Patrick Joseph Curtin, Luis Daniel Frias, Francisco Q. Garcia, Larry Dean Roush, and Jhon Manuel Soriano-Alequin.

Chahine was arraigned before the District Judge Robert Hawke.

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$4.6 billion casino proposal in Jersey City to create hundreds of jobs

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TRENTON, N.J. – During the past months, a venture capitalist from Massachusetts has been meeting up with New Jersey leaders discussing a potential casino hotel above the New York Harbor in Jersey City.

Former Reebok CEO Paul Fireman, a venture capitalist of Fireman Capital Partners in Boston proposed a $4.6 billion casino hotel 95 floors above New York Harbor. It will also feature residential units, 107, 500-seat motor sports stadium, and a Ferris wheel billed as the largest wheel in the world.

The city mayor expressed his excitement and told that the development would create 25,000 jobs with over $5 billion investment as the largest construction project in the United States.

“I’m excited about the potential for a world-class facility that includes a casino, hotel and convention center as well as the largest Ferris wheel in the world all located next to the best park in New Jersey,” stated Mayor Steve Fulop.

The mayor also said he needs more information regarding the racetrack to be confident it will not harm Liberty State Park.
According to the state’s leaders, the casino will rise adjacent to the waterfront in the Liberty National Golf Course which Fireman developed in 2006.

“It’s huge. It has the wow factor. It will blow away Macau as a destination place for gaming,” told state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union).

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) also expressed that an expensive and massive project like Fireman’s proposal can possibly work.

On the other hand, Friends of Liberty State Park, open space advocacy organization dedicated to the park’s future as a free, green and non-commercial, urban waterfront oasis was concerned the casino would severely impact public access to the Liberty State Park.

“It would seem that inevitable traffic jams would severely negatively impact the public access to Liberty State Park as well as tourist access to the ferries that go to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. We ask that Mayor Fulop demand comprehensive traffic and environmental impact studies alongside public hearings on this project,” said FOLSP President Sam Pesin.

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