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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Rhode Island approves casino bill

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Senate reconvened on Monday for a brief post-recess session after the 2014 session in order to pass the proposed Newport Grand casino bill with two-thirds vote.

On June 21, just before the recess for the 2014 session, the Senate passed a bill which included the financial terms of expanded gambling at Newport Grand with 24-2 votes. The vote, however, fell short of the required approval because some of the senators apparently were missing in action during the vote.

According to the state’s Constitution, any bill appropriating the public money or property for local or private purposes required a two-thirds vote. The June 21 vote was two votes shy of the super majority.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, therefore, decided to hold a re-vote though the Senate legal advisers did not think the super majority was needed.

“This is strictly done out of an abundance of caution,” Sen. Weed stated.

On a nine-minute session, the senators passed the bill for the second time with 32-2 votes. The 17-page bill would ask citizens of Rhode Island on the November referendum the question:

“Shall an act be approved which would authorize the facility known as ‘Newport Grand’ in the city of Newport to add state-operated casino gaming, such as table games, to the types of gambling it offers only and exclusively at the facility located at 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport?”

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CA shut down internet sweepstakes cafes

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies took notice of the several people placing $2 bets on electronic games inside a business in a dark strip mall.

The storefront called Silk and Stars offered internet access and telephone cars to customers with sweepstakes games such as Robin Hood, Mr. Millionaire and Luck of the Irish played through video games that simulate like casino slot machines.

Based on the state’s law, however, this kind of business was illegal gambling operation.

In an attempt to halt internet sweepstake café operations in California, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield authored AB1439, a bill which prohibited the unfair practice of business through contests and sweepstakes.

AB1439 disallowed the use of an electronic video monitor to simulate gambling or play gambling-themed games in a business establishment that directly or indirectly implements the predetermination of sweepstakes cash, cash-equivalent prizes, or other prizes of value, or otherwise connects a sweepstakes player or participant with sweepstakes cash, cash-equivalent prizes, or other prizes of value. By creating new crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

“This is a prolific problem that we’re seeing in our neighbourhood’s up and down the state, where we’re seeing these illegal gaming sweepstakes cafes opening up with a myriad of problems and issues of drugs, of prostitution, impacts to local legitimate businesses in these strip malls where these things are occurring,” told Salas.

On the other hand, Phillip Walker, founder of the Internet Cafe Association of California argued that internet cafes were not illegal.

“On the surface it looks like it’s illegal. But once you get down to the meat inside, it really isn’t,” expressed Walker who was also one of the appellants in the petition to review the internet case ruling granted by the state’s highest court.

Earlier, the California Supreme Court announced its decision to review two appellate court rulings which ceased internet cafes in Bakersfield and Kern County.

In March, the Kern County Superior Court ruled that internet café offering internet time and sweepstakes through unlawful slot machines or gambling device.

In another ruling, an appellate court also ruled that internet gaming cafes were in violation with the state’s gambling laws. The Fifth Appellate District in Fresno which ruled in favor of the Kern County District Attorney’s Office, ruled that internet cafes also known as sweepstakes cafes were illegal gambling organizations.

The defendants who operated internet cafes claimed the sweepstakes program was legitimate promotion to increase sale of telephone cards based in the Penal Code. They petitioned for a review of the cases which the highest court unanimously granted.

Los Angeles based attorney John H. Weston who represented appellants Kirnpal Grewal of A to Z Cafe as well as Walker of OZ Internet Cafe and Hub stated the unanimous grant “obviously was indicative that they thought it was serious which at the very least recognizes the case has interest.”

“They saw something there they wanted to review. The beneficial thing to everyone is, it will finally be said and done. We got it to the highest court in the land,” said Walker in agreement with Weston.

The Kern County District Attorney’s office, however, had mixed emotions.

“We’ve got mixed feelings about it. This is an opportunity to have that favorable ruling take on an even greater impact,” said Kern County Deputy District Attorney Gregory Pulskamp.

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NJ lobbying for Internet Gaming Equipment Positions in Atlantic City  

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Pre-Reveal-GoldATLANTIC CITY –the General Assembly approved legislation this week which positions Atlantic City to be the future hub of internet gaming in the United States.

The bill sponsored by Assemblymen John J. Burzichelli of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem, Vincent Mazzeo of Atlantic and Troy Singleton of Burlington allowed internet gaming equipment to be located at certain secure facilities in Atlantic City.

According to Assemblyman Chris A. Brown who co-sponsored the bill, this will provide an important upside in economic growth for the city.

“The short term, it creates the incentive for local development to house the equipment. In the long term, the legislation positions New Jersey as a national technology hub if interstate online gaming becomes legal,” told Brown.

Based on A1903, “internet gaming as authorized and limited under this act, on the other hand, requires that all hardware, software, and other equipment that is involved with Internet gaming will be located in casino facilities in Atlantic City or in other facilities in Atlantic City that are secure, inaccessible to the public, and specifically designed to house that equipment,  and where the equipment will be under the complete control of a casino licensee or its Internet gaming affiliate .

Moreover, “all that is needed by a customer is a computing or similar device of general application and a communications connection through a common carriage or similar medium.  For example, in an online poker or other card game, the “table” is the server hosted by the operator in the casino premises in Atlantic City.  The “cards” are played on that table in Atlantic City, and the wager is placed on and accepted at that table.  No activity other than the transmission of information to and from the players along common carriage lines takes place outside of Atlantic City.”

“This bill will open the door to create the first data center in South Jersey. While casino services will initially be the foundation for the data center, this high-tech investment can be expanded to assist other industries like health care, higher education and transportation,” Brown stated.

The bill shall take effect immediately.

 

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Colorado May First State To Regulate Sweepstakes Games

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The state House of Representatives finally approved House Bill 1392 in order to ban sweepstakes cafes in Colorado. If the Senate approves the bill, Colorado will be the fourth state to outlaw sweepstakes following Florida, Ohio and Mississippi.

As of today, Colorado allows gambling in only Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. The sweepstakes industry took advantage of this and began establishing cafes in areas yet to be approved.

The Colorado Attorney General’s office already stated that internet sweepstakes cafes or cybercafés scattered in Pueblo are illegal.

However, supporters of the sweepstakes industry argue that sweepstakes machines do not constitute gambling since the results are already predetermined. In short, they simply reveal if a player has won the sweepstakes prize or not.

Based on the state law, machines in Colorado need to pay out more than 80% of bet or play, but if the machines used are unregulated then it do not meet the minimum payout requirement.

Unlike regulated casinos which went through extensive background check before they get a license to operate, internet sweepstakes do not have to comply with state regulations. Yet, if the Senate fails to approve the new bill, Colorado has a chance to be the first state to regulate internet sweepstakes games.

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Did Florida’s Top Attorney Give The Green Light For Allied Veteran’s Business Model ?

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SANFORD, FLORIDA — On Wednesday, in front of a packed courtroom, Jacksonville’s retired deputy general counsel testified that the internet sweepstakes games in the Allied Veterans of the World Internet cafes were legal.green light

Steve Rohan testified under oath that he met with Allied’s attorney, Kelly Mathis, several times in 2007 to discuss the city’s ordinances that would come into play with Allied Veterans’ operations.

Mathis is on trial in Sanford, where he faces more than 100 charges of racketeering, possession of a slot machine and conducting a lottery. The judge dismissed over 4 dozen of the money laundering charges after the prosecution rested its case Tuesday.

Rohan and a former assistant state attorney in Volusia County both testified under oath that they believed Mathis was proposing a legal operation for the Allied Veterans centers.

“That was my opinion,” Rohan testified Wednesday. “We would not be advocating for a business that was in violation of state law.”yes or no

Rohan said Wednesday Mathis was open about setting up the sweepstakes games, which resembled gambling but did not fit the description that the state had defined.

Customers of the cafes sign a form that says they were purchasing Internet time. Sweepstakes entries were included for free. A business model almost identical to McDonalds Monopoly game.

“The (sweepstakes) exception Mr. Mathis proposed, while people might not like it, was a legitimate exception,” said Rohan.

Mathis told Rohan that a percentage of proceeds were going to a veterans’ charity. Eventually, poker rooms and local dog tracks wanted an ordinance to prohibit sweepstakes parlors in the city, which were run by several companies.

“Neither the state attorney nor the sheriff were trying to cease their operations,” Rohan said. The public, however, wanted the Internet cafes to remain open. “People spoke at our City Council meeting and demanded the ability to go to them,” Rohan said.liar liar

Mitch Stone, Mathis’ defense attorney, showed jurors a document from the state Department of Agriculture that said legal sweepstakes games in Florida must resemble the McDonald’s Monopoly game, where a ticket that might win a prize, is given away with a purchase.

Allied Veterans gave customers an electronic “scratch-off” ticket when they bought Internet time, and the players could only be revealed on a computer on the inside the cyber sweepstakes cafe.

Several prosecution witnesses, customers of the cafes said they thought they were gambling and seemed confused to hear in court that they were simply learning from the computer whether their tickets were winners.

“The use of the computer was a fun way to find out whether you won or lost,” said Daniel Leising, a former assistant state attorney in Volusia County describing the ‘entertaining display’.

Leising said he met with Mathis and found that the Allied Veterans Business Model followed state law.

Jacksonville attorney Ed Akel said that while Mathis was listed as the registered agent for Allied Veterans, that did not make him a partner or give him a business interest in the company that took in $300 million as a veterans’ charity, while giving only 2 percent, or $6 million, to veterans – the same amount Mathis made in legal fees.

The prosecution ended their case Monday, almost 3 weeks shy of the four-week estimate.

The defense has a list of nearly 400 witnesses to choose from and will present at least six witnesses today, Stone said.

 

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Gainesville Police Raid Suspected Gambling House

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GAINESVILLE – The Gainesville Police Department have seized about 60 computers from an internet parlor on a bust on Tuesday afternoon.

 Authorities have conducted a search warrant in the 5Station2once Indian diner, Gator Hot Spots, located at 2109 Northwest 13th Street, after suspecting that the internet cafe is operating on illegal gambling.
Gainesville police Lt. Will Halvosa reports the shop has been operating for weeks now under their watch. He also added that it is the only internet café open in Gainsville County.
As per Halvosa, police suspects Gator houses illegal gambling and operates on games of chance like lottery and slot machines which are against Florida’s law.
According to Florida’s Legislature Chapter 849, keeping a house for gambling purposes or hiring staffs for a gambling house is considered as crime to the third degree and is punishable by law.
The law also states that whoever are involved, be it operators or patrons shall be guilty of misdemeanour to the second degree and is also punishable by law.
Although several patrons were caught red-handed during the search, Halvosa said no one was arrested.
One of the patrons who refused to be named claims she had earned about $77 of winnings. Unfortunately, she cannot cash out the prize because of the raid.
Adam Brewer from a neighboring establishment called Adam’s Rib, told Gator is a nuisance that draws in blue collar workers only to collect their money by indulging them to game of chance like lottery and sweepstakes.
He added that the internet café attracts felons. He also said most of the time people loiter around the area and sometimes at night strangers lurk in the shared parking lot. Clearly, Brewer is alarmed for safety reasons.
Some peculate Gator Hot Spots maybe under Allied Veterans umbrella; however, Lt. Halvosa has confirmed that Gator is not related to the charity.

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Legal Fees Against Sweepstakes Case Embarrassingly High For State

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FLORIDA – In Florida, it is reported that $450,000 of the citizens’ taxes are spent on legal fees of a dragging gaming lawsuit in Miami-Dade County.

Back in 2011, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation partnered with GrayRobinson to handle a case against Fort Myers Real Estate Holdings Inc. which sought to secure a card room for more slot machines in Florida, because mostscale cash of their legal defenses were witnesses in the case. The agency denying Fort Myers request for a quarter-horse permit resulted in an appeal.
According to General Counsel Layne Smith, the department contracted Atty. Bill Williams of GrayRobinson, who was also a former judge of the Division of Administrative Hearings, because of his prowess with regulatory issues. The contract was signed before Smith became general counsel in 2011.
Smith added that he knew what he has with Williams noting that he has been costly, but worth it. He also said that Williams is a “lawyer’s lawyer”.
Meanwhile, Atty. Williams claimed his $350/hour legal fee for the department is “substantially reduced” from his normal quote. He mentioned some of GrayRobinson’s legal counsel like Charles Upton, Ty Jackson, Andy Bardos, and Amy Schrader are quoting $225 – $350 hourly.
Since April 2011, GrayRobinson has charged the state $448,733.45 for about 1,400 hours of work.
Smith blamed Fort Myers in part of the mounting of legal fees concluding that the case is not over yet with a couple of administrative trials, several long depositions, and an appeal.
Furthermore, he commented that gaming battles are highly contentious. Smith said he is in no position of controlling how hard and how long somebody’s going to fight on the other side. He added that he just have to do what they have to do.

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Online Casino aka FloridaVLT Launches The Same Day Internet Cafes Get Shuttered.

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As soon as Governor Rick Scott authorized the restriction on Internet cafes Wednesday, the computers at the Lucky 7 Cyber Cafe on Jacksonville’s Westside went offline.

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“We weren’t alerted that he was authorizing,” stated Robin Rukab, Owner of Lucky 7 Cyber Cafe. “No one notified us, our service was just reduced. Frontier, our service merchant must have understood and they reduced our solution.”.

At the Copacabana, an Internet cafe on Normandy Boulevard, consumers were informed the Internet cafe was being closed down.

“Did he think about all individuals that shed jobs? No, he did not,” pointed out a cafe worker.

“That’s exactly what he worked on and now he reversed,” pointed out yet another cafe employee. “In Jacksonville, at the very least 600 people lost jobs.”.

Employees who are now out of a job said they feel that they have actually been unfairly targeted after the Allied Veterans shame.

Others have actually been vital of the new law since centers around the state that enable games of chance are still open.

Senator John Thrasher launched the legislation and spoke with Channel 4 over the phone.

“Our law is really certain. We permit particular sort of gaming under Florida law. Poker areas or the puppy tracks, those kinds of things,” stated Thrasher. “They’ve been law considering that the 1920s. That’s a take and it’s strongly controlled and highly taxed.”.

As for the hundreds unemployed, Thrasher said the ballot didn’t shut anything down, but refines exactly what gambling joins the state of Florida.

“I don’t think any of us who care about this terrific state want to condone illegal task,” said Thrasher. “It may not have been their option or they may not have understood it was illegal, yet I wish they locate other ideal job or these amenities re-tool these type of machines they had, so they’re legal machines and people can remain to function there.”.

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