Greenville man robbed internet café at gunpoint

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GREENVILLLE, N.C. – A local internet sweepstakes was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday night, the Greenville Police Department reported.

According to the police report, three men entered an internet café at 250 Easy Street around 11:15 on Sunday and told the clerk to give them the money. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun.

The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Though there were two customers inside the shop, Kristen Hunter, spokeswoman of the Greenville police told no one was injured during the incident.

Authorities are still getting description for the three suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-4300 or Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777 for a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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Sweepstakes business robbed in Thomasville

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. – A sweepstakes cafe along National Highway was robbed on Wednesday evening.

Based on the police report, at 11:20 p.m. officers responded to a robbery at Pots O’ Gold Sweepstakes located at 1330 National Highway.

According to a staff, a white male and a white female entered the café, brandished a firearm and demanded for money. Then, they fled on foot towards Von Logan Drive with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The male suspect wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants was described as 5’7” tall with slim built while the female suspect also in gray hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants was reported to be 5’4” high with stocky built.

No injury was reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Thomasville Police Department at (336) 475-4284 or Crime Stoppers at (336) 476-8477.

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Aria agrees to pay $100k for blocking undercover agents from watching roulette

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LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas Strip casino agreed to pay $100,000 to the Nevada Gaming Commission after it allegedly blocked undercover agents from watching a high-stake game of roulette.

According to the state’s law, “access of the general public to gaming activities must not be restricted in any manner except provided by the legislature.”

However, during a high stakes roullete game at Aria Resort & Casino on October 2013, a floor supervisor allegedly told the NGC undercover agents to leave because the players told Aria officials to keep the game private. When the NGC agents refused to leave, Aria reportedly threatened to call security.

Though casinos were allowed to have private rooms for high stakes gamblers, the roulette wheel during the incident was supposed to be open to the public. Thus, Aria was in clear violation of the law.

“Aria agrees to pay a fine in the total amount of one hundred thousand dollars and no cent ($100,000) electronically transferred to the State of Nevada- Nevada Gaming Commission on or before the date the Stipulation for Settlement is accepted by the Nevada Gaming Commission. Interest on the fine shall accrue at 5.25% per annum on any unpaid balance computed from the date payment is due until payment is made in full,” the agreement read.

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Robbers target more gaming parlors in NC

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CONCORD, N.C. – Two black men ran away with almost $1,000 cash after robbing an internet sweepstakes café at gunpoint early morning on Monday, the Concord Police Department reported.

Based on the police report, a few minutes past midnight, two black males entered the Concord Business Center located at 3701 Concord Pkwy. S. Concord. The men brandished their handguns and fled with $991 on hand.

One of the suspects with a black handgun was described as 6-feet-2-inches tall, early 30’s, wearing a black shirt and a black bandana covering his face.

The other suspect with a silver handgun was reported to be 5-feet-3-inches tall, early 40’s, also wearing a bandana over his face.

No injury was reported during the incident.

Anyone with information regarding the two suspects is asked to contact the Concord Police Department at 704-920-5000.

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Man robbed while filling out lottery tickets

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PLANTATION, Fla. – A man trying his luck with lottery tickets had a case of bad luck when a robber snatched a gold chain around his neck, the Plantation Police Department reported.

According to Detective Philip Toman, the victim was busy filling out lottery tickets at the counter inside a 7/11 convenience store located at 640 North State Road 7 when a man approached him from behind and pulled off the gold necklace worth $2,500. Then, the robber ran out from the store together with his accomplices.

The incident was caught on camera with the CCTV installed inside the convenience store. No injury was reported.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Plantation Police Department at 954-797-2100.

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Caesars to sell Showboat casino

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Caesars Entertainment, the parent company of the Showboat Casino Hotel told it would consider selling the casino to another casino operator instead of shutting it down.

Earlier, Caesars 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.”

However, the company received expressions of interest which made the company reconsider its decision earlier.

“We receive offers on properties relatively frequently and when we are planning to close one, we often receive offers from people who want to operate them as hotel casinos or have other uses in mind,” told Spokesman Gary Thompson.

He added that having another casino in the market will have an impact; play somewhat of a role. Yet, the largest role would be the amount of money they could receive from the property.

Meanwhile, Assemblyman Chris Brown stated that he will introduce measure that will encourage casino operators to sell their company to other casino operators if they decide to shut down or pay back economic incentives.

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WHITEVILLE, N.C. – a Dublin councilman arrested on last week for illegal operation of video gaming café north of Whiteville argued the machines were legal under the state’s law.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office reported that detectives executed a search warrant at Gold Rush Internet Café along Highway 701 in Whiteville owned by Jeffrey Scott Smith, a councilman of Dublin.

According to Smith, the machines were legal because winnings were pre-revealed to customers 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,” said Smith.

On the other hand, District Attorney Jon David told the State Supreme Court already upheld the statute which made video gambling machines illegal in North Carolina.

Atty. Alan Maynard, Smith’s lawyer, contested that the court’s decision, however, does not outlaw the machines used in Gold Rush.

David responded by taking the case to the superior court.

babybucks“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 told.

Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Officer declared 68 hard drives from computers and $5,800 cash were confiscated from Gold Rush.

The councilman was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor for operating video gaming machines in Gold Rush. He was released, however, with $1,000 secured bond.

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Kane County opposes gambling expansion bill

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KANE COUNTY, Ill. – As Kane County commit the $65,000 video gambling revenues received to five-year capital improvement initiative in the county, officials said they will lobby against gambling expansion in Illinois.

County officials stated that the amount received from local gambling which was on a downward spiral would only worsen once lawmakers approve gambling expansion in the state.

State Rep. Bob Rita, a Blue Island Democrat, announced earlier, that the plan to expand gambling in Illinois was on hold until all issues were resolved with key support.

Rita proposed to expand gambling in two ways – one, to allow slot machines in horse tracks and Chicago airports; two, to approve a casino in Chicago, Danville, Lake County, Rockford and South Suburbs.

“I am disappointed we could not move this issue forward this spring, but I am determined to prepare a bill for consideration in the fall veto session. We will be considering important revenue and budget issues during that session,” Rita stated.

The county officials, however, believe the proposed casinos would compete with Hollywood Casino and Grand Victoria Casino. A resolution was drafted to oppose the casino expansion bill.

According to the resolution, now is not the time to loan hundreds of millions of dollars to build a mega casino because the state was in debt with backlog of unpaid bills and high deficits. As of June 30, the end of fiscal year, the state’s overall backlog of bills was about $5.6 billion.

The county board was expected to vote on the resolution next week.

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Police raid cyber sweepstakes cafe

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North Syracuse, N.Y. – police busted an internet café along Main Street on Wednesday and seized several computers and cash from electronic sweepstakes.

The raid in Cyber Café in 628 South Main Street led to the arrest of Joshua L. Nelson, 24, of Dayton, Ohio, and Zackary S. McMahon, 30 of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and seizure of computers as well as $1,279 cash from illegal operation of electronic sweepstakes.

Both Nelson and McMahon were charged with class E felony. They were scheduled to appear in Village Court on July 21.

On July of 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act, a comprehensive new law that established four destinations gaming resorts in Upstate New York and made cyber sweepstakes cafes criminal.

“This new law will bring the state one step closer to establishing world-class destination gaming resorts that will attract tourists to Upstate New York and support thousands of good paying jobs as well as new revenue for local businesses. For too many years, gaming revenue has left New York for our neighboring states. Today, we are putting New York State in a position to have those dollars spent here in our communities, which will benefit our local economies and tourism industries, as well as support education and property tax relief,” said Cuomo.

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Amaya Gaming kicks off license talks with New Jersey casino regulators

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – the Canadian-based international gaming provider Amaya Gaming Inc. which purchased PokerStars recently announced its intention to start licensing talks with New Jersey’s casino regulators.

Amaya which acquired PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker for $4.9 billion, started the formal talk on Thursday with the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, told DGE Director David Rebuck.

Rebuck said he was encouraged with the deal which prompted the resignation of executives from PokerStars due to fraud and money laundering.

Moreover, the Director said the discussions with Amaya will reactivate the application of PokerStars to enter NJ’s market

“I think in the long run it will be a good story for New Jersey. I’m optimistic that they know what the rules are, and I fully expect them to be very aggressive because they want to be here,” he added.

Furthermore, Rebuck foretold Amaya will get approval to operate PokerStars by fall.

Though no documents were filed yet, Amaya’s company lawyer Marie Jones said a licensing application will be submitted next week.

“They are optimistic they will get this done quickly,” said Jones.

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