Internet Sweepstakes Arcades

 CHARLOTTE, N.C. – An unregulated, illegal gambling industry is still cashing in, despite a decade-old law that making internet sweepstakes cafes illegal. The insider went through the process of opening an internet sweepstakes cafe. He’s now sharing the secrets he learned from talking to the people who sell the games.

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Jacksonville councilman wants Internet Cafes out

 JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– City leaders are considering a new tactic in efforts to shut down more than 100 internet cafes operating in Jacksonville. An attempt by the Florida Legislature in 2013 to ban internet cafes remains tied up in the courts. The games are now referred to as “sweepstakes” and operators have been successful in keeping them open.

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Sweepstakes Parlors vs City of Mebane

Sweepstakes Parlors vs City of Mebane

MEBANE — Online sweepstakes parlors are loved by some and hated by many, and the Mebane City Council is among the “many.” The council voted unanimously Monday, March 4, to approve amendments to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance restricting “video gaming arcades,” otherwise known as online sweepstakes businesses, which have danced around the state’s strict […]

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Largest gaming parlor bust in more than a decade

Largest gaming parlor bust in more than a decade

BLADEN COUNTY, NC – State and local authorities have arrested three people and charged four others following a raid of illegal video game parlors in Bladen County on Thursday. “This is the largest gaming parlor bust in more than 10 years in Bladen County,” said Sheriff Jim McVicker.

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Bladen County North Carolina Raids

Former deputy Steven Ray Lovin, of Lumberton, is charged with: two counts of gambling, two counts of operating video gaming machines, two counts of possession of five or more video gaming machines, one count of promote, operate, or conduct a server based game, one count of possessing illegal gaming terminals, and one count of operating […]

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Illegal gambling operation in back of tattoo shop

Illegal gambling operation in back of tattoo shop

 GASTONIA, N.C. – Like a tattoo artist’s needle, we are going under the surface. Using a hidden camera, FOX 46 went undercover inside a Gastonia tattoo shop to expose a secret. From the outside, Ink Link Tattoos, on East Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia, is unassuming. However, this business is more than skin deep. 

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Gaming machines now banned in Virginia

Gaming machines now banned in Virginia

A recent change to the way Virginia defines illegal gambling could allow prosecutors to go after more computer gaming shops. The bill, which unanimously passed both houses of the General Assembly this session, “clarifies the existing code for prosecution of illegal gambling by specifically declaring illegal the so called ‘sham sweepstakes’ machines,” Sen. Bryce Reeves […]

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