Sweepstakes Gambling Illegal in California Internet Cafes

The state Supreme Court in California ruled on internet cafe 'sweepstakes' style online gambling making it illegal.

Internet cafe operators that have taken advantage of the 'sweepstakes' loophole are now ordered to stop offering these services, which helps San Francisco’s ongoing efforts to put a stop to gambling at these cafes.

The city has been working toward eliminating this type of online gambling for a couple of years as they believe it attracts undesirables and criminal activity the area.

Deputy City Attorney Victoria Weatherford and American Gaming Association spokesman Chris Moyer, are in support of the State Supreme Court decision.
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    cheztwins

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    these local type of establishments in my area (west coast) usa , are called "deli's". They are state run legal gambling offering about 10 different video slots options. yes, they do atttract lower economic level clientell as the biggest payout paid on site is $600. It seems to be a very effective way for the state to squeeze more money out of lower-middle class people.
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    I've never heard of such thing but sounds like it was a nice idea so sad that the government is always shutting down things that give people some excitement and a way to spend their time, they are some greedy bastards i just hope that in the future all gambling would be legal and not make it hard on people and let them do what they love to do like gamble to find that enjoyment in their lives.
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    Ive heard of internet cafes but didn't know bout the sweepstakes thing . Its getting ridiculous all this internet banning , yet I constantly see Bingo halls with full parking lots . That's a form of gambling too...if the govrn is going to police everything perhaps they should include Bingo Halls...and the sites should use same reason or loophole Bingo places use. Bottom line is its getting ridiculous.
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    Banned before i even knew what it was . I hate how money hungry the government can be. Always trying to dictate how us Americans spend our money , while they waste billions . Oh the irony .
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    we have one in my city of vacaville and yes it does bring some weird people but not alot of trouble wish the y would legalize internet gambling already the government would be out of debt allready !!!!!! {the land of the free aint so free}
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    barebones

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    I can say the same thing as jade. I have no clue how can these cafes be a bad thing. But then again, in my country there are very little amount of internet cafes (I had a need recently but couldn't even find one that works even though I am living in the capital city. I don't really think that an internet cafe would attract criminals. But then again, I am not a resident of USA so I don't know. Anyways, quite interesting article and I would be interested to hear more about this.
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    I have no idea what they are talking about in this article. I never have heard anything about this .internet cafe 'sweepstakes' style online gambling. I guess I am behind the times again, the last one to know. I will have to do some research on this. If their is someone that can be enlightening, I would love to hear about it.......

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