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Deputies charged 3 men for illegal gambling in Pitt County

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office charged three business owners after deputies confiscated more than a dozen poker machines from a local sweepstakes café in Pitt County.

According to the police report, on July 17, law enforcement raid Platinum Sweepstakes Cafe inside Greenville Buyers’ Market Shopping Center along Memorial Drive after they received several complaints regarding the café’s illegal gambling machines.

Investigators seized 14 stand-up video poker machines containing non-prereveal software which was illegal under the state’s law.

“These machines are a clear violation of the law,” the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Both business owners of the Platinum Sweepstakes Cafe Christopher Lee Bass from Elm City and Joseph Rex Bass Jr. from Spring Hope were charged with operating five or more video gaming machines and misdemeanor gambling.

In addition, Donald Wayne Boyd from Elm City, owner of the seized video poker machines was charged with felony for manufacturing, selling or leasing electronic video gaming machines and felony for operating five or more video gaming machines.

Lumiere casino closed down due to system failure

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Lumiere Place Casino closed earlier than the usual on Wednesday night after slot machines malfunctioned making it hard to pay out customers.

“Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, a system failure occurred with our slot machines and we began working to fix the issue. At that time we also began paying out customers manually. Just after midnight, we closed the casino floor to focus on the issue. We are working with regulators to determine a time to reopen the casino floor. We are sorry for the inconvenience this caused our customers,” the Lumiere Place Casino stated in a press release.

According to Lumiere spokesperson Jennifer Intravia, the incident which happened around 8 in the evening, was caused by a system failure. The casino closed down past midnight to resolve the issue and pay out patrons manually.

One of the patrons claimed she was given a voucher around 10 p.m. for her $50 winnings and waited until past 4 in the morning.

The Lumiere resumed business at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Connie Mack joins Sheldon Adelson’s crusade against online gambling

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson added another knight in his political chess as his company hired Mack Strategies, a firm led by former GOP U.S. Rep. Connie Mack to lobby against online gambling.

The former US Rep. Mack, who lost the 2012 challenge to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) will lobby for Las Vegas Sands Corp top priority: the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, a measure sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham to ban all forms of online gambling.

In addition to Mack Strategies, Las Vegas Sands also picked up The Keelen Group, Capitol Counsel, Lincoln Policy Group and Steptoe & Johnson. Based on the Senate lobbying records, the company registered with Husch Blackwell and spent $200,000 during the first quarter of the year to finance those firms.

The business magnate who heads 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 announced earlier his willingness to spend whatever it takes to stop online 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 stated.

China jails 68 people for online gambling

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BEIJING – The raid on China’s largest online gambling ring worth $78 billion resulted to the imprisonment of 68 people for up to nine years.

Based on the official report, 55 were found guilty of opening online casinos, seven guilty of gambling and six guilty of both crimes. The convicted were ordered to pay fines up to $3.2 million (20 million yuan).

The ring which was run within a circle of friends and relatives like a pyramid scheme operated at the southern province of Guangdong through overseas websites from March 2008 to April 2013.

Under Chinese law, gambling was illegal in China. The only forms of legal gambling were the two government-owned lotteries: the Welfare Lottery regulated by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Sports Lottery regulated by the General Administration of Sports. All other kinds of lottery tickets were prohibited since 1949.

Likewise, the Chinese government prohibited online gambling by not granting a license to operate online gambling sites. Players from China were also banned from playing overseas gaming sites. The government even filtered out online gambling sites from the internet.

During the past years, however, underground rings drew a large number of gamblers.

Caesars says to shut down Showboat casino by Aug 31

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Caesars Entertainment, parent company of the Showboat Casino hotel announced it will close down the Mardi Gras-themed casino in Atlantic City by August 31.

“While we regret the impact that this decision will have on our Showboat associates, we believe this is a necessary step to help stabilize our business in Atlantic City and support the viability of our remaining operations in the vicinity,” said CEO Gary Loveman.

Loveman called it a difficult decision and described it as “persistant declines in the business levels in the area exacerbated by the high property-tax burden in Atlantic City.”

“Since 2006, revenue in Atlantic City has declined by more than $3 billion and competition in the city has increased. The dynamic in Atlantic City has led us to the difficult but necessary decision to close Showboat,” the CEO explained.

Earlier this year, the Atlantic Club also shut down after Caesars along with Tropicana Entertainment took it down in a bankruptcy sale.

In addition, Revel Casino Hotel also warned it will shut down this summer if a buyer can’t be found in bankruptcy court. The casino obtained a $125 million loan so it can operate during its stay in bankruptcy court.

“We sincerely appreciate the service, dedication and professionalism shown by the employees of the Showboat over the years to provide our customers with incredible experiences,” Loveman expressed.

Pre-Reveal Games Still On Top of Industry in North Carolina

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Pre-Reveal-GoldWHITEVILLE, N.C. – a Dublin elected official arrested for illegal operation of video gaming café told pre-reveal video machines were legal under the state’s law.

Last week, Dublin Councilman Jeffrey Scott Smith was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor for operating video gaming machines at Gold Rush Internet Café along Highway 701 north of Whiteville. He was released, however, with $1,000 secured bond.

According to Smith, the machines were legal under the North Carolina law because those who purchased internet time were already notified of the winnings before the game.

“Those same games are running in over 40 counties in the state of North Carolina. There are other district attorneys and sheriff’s departments that agree that our software is compliant,” told Smith.

On the contrary, District Attorney Jon David stated that the State Supreme Court already upheld the statute banning video gambling machines in North Carolina.

thewinner Smith’s lawyer Alan Maynard claimed the court’s decision, does not outlaw the machines used in Gold Rush.

The councilman was already charged with misdemeanor for operating video gaming machines in Bladen County, however, the trial ended in hung jury.

In May, Smith reopened the video gaming cafes in Dublin where he served as town commissioner.

David insisted to take the case to the superior court for Smith’s best interest.

“By bringing this matter directly into superior court, we’re going to expedite things and give the community a chance to weigh in on what justice should be. And I would think that any defendant should embrace that opportunity because a jury is the ultimate safeguard for any criminal defense,” David said.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Officer seized 68 hard drives from computers and $5,800 cash from Gold Rush.

Video lottery store robbed in Princeton; 2 suspects arrested

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MERCER COUNTY – the West Virginia State Police arrested two out of three suspects on Sunday in connection to an armed robbery at a video lottery store in Princeton.

According to Sgt. R.A. Maddy, two white men, one in blue shirt and the other in white shirt, entered Joyce’s video lottery store on Courthouse Road around 11:11 p.m. on Wednesday and played video lottery with the machines.

Later on, the white man in blue shirt grabbed the store clerk named Candace Lester, 25 of Princeton, around the neck from behind and threatened her with a knife on her throat. He led her behind the counter and tied her up with duct tape. Then, the white man in white shirt joined him and ordered the clerk to open the safe. They left the clerk unharmed and fled with $3,700 cash.

The suspects Benjamin Lockhart  and Timothy Lockhart.

The robbery was documented on a surveillance camera inside Joyce’s video lottery store.

On Sunday, police arrested suspect Benjamin Lockhart who confessed his crime and named his brother Timothy Lockhart as the other man on the video. He also named the clerk, Lester as an accomplice to the larceny. He already bonded out from prison.

Meanwhile, Lester admitted her involvement on the crime after Lockhart’s confession. She said they have planned the robbery at Benjamin Lockhart’s flat on the same night before getting a duct tape for binding. She was held at the Southern Regional Jail.

JoycePolice are still in the lookout for Timothy Lockhart. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police at 304-425-2101.

 

New York Internet Sweepstakes Switch To New Game To Stay Open

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Judge stops new rules for charitable gambling via RTO

 LANSING, Michigan – a judge issued a temporary restraining order after a gambling organization along with 11 charitable institutions and three suppliers questioned the new charitable gaming rules that went into effect last month in Michigan.

On May 30, Court of Claims Judge Pat Donofrio granted the request of several charities to prevent the implementation of new gaming rules and ordered a preliminary injunction against the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Earlier this month, the state Gaming Control Board enacted a new rule which took effect on May 14. It restricted the so-called millionaire parties which charities used to host casino-style games such as Texas Hold’em and blackjack to raise funds.

In addition, it raised the profits poker rooms can take from 45% to 50%.

The Michigan Charitable Gaming Association stated in an affidavit that if the new rule applies, more than $9.6 million revenues will be lost with 11,000 fewer charitable gambling events in the state over the next 12 months.

The charities argued that it “improperly restrict and essentially eviscerate the statutorily authorized fundraising activities of the Plaintiff charitable institutions; and threaten the small business operations of the other Plaintiffs.”

“The judge agreed with us that irreparable harm would be done if these rules took effect,” told Representative Stephanie Van Koevering of the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association.

Koevering described the injunction as a “breath of fresh air”. She hoped the governor’s office finds as an incentive to try to come back and meet with lawmakers and deal with Senate Bill 878 that addresses the problems that have been going on in the industry while still protecting charities ability to raise funds.

Donofrio set up a call to both parties on June 12.

No more jail time for Black Friday gambling snitch Daniel Tzvetkoff

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Pre-Reveal-GoldLAS VEGAS – He’s the Brisbane internet tycoon who shut down America’s online poker industry. His name is Daniel Tzvetkoff, 30, the man behind the Black Friday arrests. The tycoon now turned informant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation is set to avoid more jail time.

Tzvetkoff who made $3 million weekly for processing more than $1 billion worth of online poker illegally through his company Intabill was arrested in Las Vegas back in 2010. He was sentenced with 76 years jail time.

After four months in jail, Tzvetkoff served as an informant for the FBI and provided over 90,000 documents which shut down major players in the US online poker industry like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker.

After the crackdown, he was released from jail and went back to Australia where he lives with his wife Nicole and kids.

Tzvetkoff’s lawyer Robert Goldstein contested that four months his client served in jail should be enough.

Furthermore, Goldstein argued that for a first-time offender who has never before experienced prison, a four-plus month inside the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn constitutes a harsh and significant punishment.

“The reality is that even one day in those type of conditions can be exceedingly harsh punishment for a first-time offender like Mr Tzvetkoff,” the lawyer added.

The Black Friday arrests included Isai Scheinberg and Paul Tate of PokerStars, Raymond Bitar and Nelson Burtnick of Full Tilt Poker, and Scott Tom and Brent Beckley of Absolute Poker.

Michigan Sweepstakes Cafes Will Take It To Court

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI – Cease and desist letters have been issued to  nine additional Internet Sweepstakes cafe — including two locations in Genesee County — from state Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The local businesses include East Point Business Center & Internet Cafe, 3097 Genesee Road, in Genesee Township and West Point Business Center & Internet Cafe, 1493 S. Linden Road, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

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“Citizens should steer clear of Internet Sweepstakes Cafes that are nothing more than unregistered, illegal casinos,” said Schuette in the release.

“The letters come as the result of an ongoing investigation by the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Gaming Control Board and the Attorney General’s office,” the release further states. “Last month, Schuette’s office announced it has already closed eight such operations after coming to an agreement with a gaming software provider.”

Wording in the letters states anyone found guilty of operating an unlicensed gambling operation may face 10 years in prison, a $100,000 fine or both, and the businesses have 14 days upon receipt of the letters issued June 8 to cease the alleged gambling operations.

similar letter was issued in April to the Flint Business Center on Fenton Road, which has since closed its doors, along with seven others across the state after officials reached an agreement with Innovative Entertainmen to voluntarily close eight locations.

The legality of the businesses has been questioned by some local authorities, with several of the facilities offering internet access and sweepstakes opportunities having opened in Genesee County.

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