Sweepstakes charge drop in court

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Florida Sweepstakes Solution 750x75WAYNESVILLE – The court dismissed another Internet sweepstakes charge in Waynesville.

Tami Nicholson of Winner’s Circle Sweepstakes Parlor was found not guilty in internet sweepstakes charge.

According to Attorney George Hyler, Nicholson’s legal adviser, the court agreed with his arguments that the new breed of sweepstakes machines which involves skills and dexterity were legal.

game after game sweeps 300x300“Those games are found to be legal,” said Hyler.

Sweepstakes businesses became a boom across across Sylva, Waynesville, Macon, Swain, Jackson and Haywood as it remodelled version of machines from traditional sweepstakes cafes into skill games.

District Attorney Mike Bonfoey, however, told the dismissal of those charges do not guarantee that the remodelled machines were legitimate.

According to Bonfoey, it was always a case-to-case basis and not precedent.

Though prosecutors dismissed four sweepstakes charges in a row, DA still urged authorities to enforce the law.

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Gaming cafes open in Danville

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Florida Sweepstakes Solution 750x75DANVILLE – Several developers were reported to be interested in opening gaming cafes in Danville.

According to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer, Champaign’s top gambling establishment called Lacy’s Place generated nearly $1.7 million this year.

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Commander Tom Morris of the American Legion stated that gaming machines keep their doors open. He also mentioned revenue of $10,000 monthly from gaming machines.

Some city officials, however, expressed their concern on allowing commercially oriented gaming cafes. Eisenhauer said gaming cafes could hurt groups such as the Knights of Columbus and Elks.

Nonetheless, video gaming was a boon on social groups like American Legion of eastern Danville.

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Armored Car Company to reimburse Revel casino nearly $21,000

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Florida Sweepstakes Solution 750x75ATLANTIC CITY – An armored car company announced it will reimburse an Atlantic City casino after nearly $21,000 fell from the roof of one of its trucks.

According to the GardaWorld, there was no wrongdoing found during the internal investigation of the case. game after game sweeps 300x300The cash, however, was not recovered.

Based on the surveillance video, the bag containing the cash was still on the roof as the truck left Revel casino and pulled away from Resorts Casino Hotel.

Instead of the September 10 closing date, the company announced via email that it will close a week on September 1.

“We thank all of our employees for their professionalism, dedication and hard work. We know that they have provided an outstanding experience for our guests and will continue to do so through this process,” Revel announced in a press release.

The company further said that “despite the effort to improve the financial performance of Revel, it has not proven to be enough to put the property on a stable financial footing.”

“We hope that Revel can be a successful and vital component of Atlantic City under a proper ownership and reorganized expense structure. We will continue to endeavor toward a placement with such an owner, but there can be no assurance as to the outcome of the pending bankruptcy process,” Revel stated.

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Georgia lottery says yes to online gambling

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Florida Sweepstakes Solution 750x75ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery Corporation quietly opposed Senator Lindsey Graham’s bill prohibiting online gambling as well as online sales of lottery tickets.

According to Director Debbie Dlugolenski Alford, the corporation’s online platform for lottery tickets was essential as the critical factor in the success and growth of revenues which supported education.

game after game sweeps 300x300“Innovative and effective methods of increasing revenues are central to keep up with rising costs of providing education, and the incremental sales growth provided by this channel plays a vital role in that effort,” Alford stated.

Graham’s bill was supported by Sheldon Adelson, the business magnate who headed the Coalition To Stop Internet Gambling, a crusade to protect US citizens from internet gambling by campaigning to restore the longstanding ban on internet gambling.

“I am willing to spend whatever it takes. My moral standard compels me to speak out on this issue because I am the largest company by far in the industry and I am willing to speak out. I don’t see any compelling reason for the government to allow people to gamble on the Internet and nobody has ever explained except for the two companies whose special interest is going to be served if there is gaming on the Internet, Caesars and MGM,” Adelson announced.

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Video gaming proves success in Illinois

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Florida Sweepstakes Solution 750x75SHILOH – Video gaming expanded from 10 machines to 13,372 active video gaming terminals around Illinois, the Illinois Gaming Board reported.

“Video gaming in Illinois has proved to be both a regulatory and technical success as well as an important adjunct to State revenues. game after game sweeps 300x300In 2013 the IGB approved new locations at an average rate of over 300 per month with an average of 1,000 vgt being installed monthly,” the IGB stated in its annual report.

Based on the official report, video gaming machines positioned at bars, clubs, and truck stops generated a total of $269.7 million revenues from December 2012 to November 2013.

Mayor Jim Vernier told that playing with video gaming machines was no different than going to casinos. He also called it a freedom of choice whether to put money into the machines or gamble in the casino.

According to Vernier, video gaming helped the local Shiloh community by bringing in revenues.

“If the State of Illinois is going to legalize it, then I don’t see a reason to deny (video gambling) in our community. Other communities have a different approach and I’m not going to condemn them for that,” Vernier stated.

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Elderly cheats in poker; arrested

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Florida Adult Arcade Solution 750x75SHAKOPEE – An elderly who allegedly made off with $200 within 45 minutes was arrested last week, authorities reported.

Duane L. Racle, 75, of Lake City, Florida was busted for scamming $200 during a rigged poker game at the Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. He was held under $50,000 bail.

game after game sweeps 300x300According to authorities, on July 4, Racle along with three other seniors targeted a three-card poker table at the at the suburban Minneapolis gambling parlor.

The suspects called “senior foursome” cheat by suspect #1 distracting the dealer during the game while suspect #3 and suspect #4 palmed the cards and swap them under the table for winning combinations. Suspect #4 would then stand behind the suspect #3 and #4 in order to block their cheating from an overhead surveillance camera.

“They just came in, made a quick hit and were gone,” said Canterbury spokesman Jeff Maday.

Authorities are still in the lookout for Wildred Sanchez, 74, of Pembroke, Florida; James P. Minehan, 75, of Tamarac, Florida; and Nicholas R. Crowder. 77, of Ferndale, Michigan.

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Pre-reveal software legalize electronic sweepstakes

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Florida Sweepstakes Solution 750x75COVINGTON – Patrons enjoyed freshly brewed coffees while seated at a cluster of flashing screens inside H&H Internet Café in Covington.

According to the store owner called “Howard”, anyone can play electronic sweepstakes as long as they had a pin purchased from the cashier.

game after game sweeps 300x300Howard also explained that through pre-reveal software, the results were already pre-determined thus, it is compliant with gambling laws.

“These are people who like taking a chance on winning some money. You’re not spinning this (like a slot machine). This is a new technology made to look like it’s spinning. The results are already determined. We’re not fooling anybody. We’re not trying to,” said Howard.

With another gaming parlor called Megabytes Internet Café also opened nearby H&H, Assistant City Manager and City Solicitor Frank Warnock decided to discuss the legality of internet sweepstakes cafes with Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson.

“It certainly looks and smells like gambling to me, but you have to look hard at the state statutes that define gambling and compare that with what they do,” Warnock said.

Aside from hot coffee, the internet café also offered hotdogs fresh from the grill, chips, and soda, all for free.

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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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