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Ohio Sweepstakes Game Conversion 750x75CHEVIOT – The City Council prepared for the opening of internet sweepstakes parlors in Southern Ohio.

According to City Councilman William Clark, internet sweepstakes parlors also known as cyber cafes or internet cafes would be the first of its kind to set up in Cheviot.

“It’s very quick to set up. You set up some computers, put a server in and some tables and chairs and people can get to business,” said Clark.

Need Ohio Skill Games 300x300Opponents of the sweepstakes industry argued that these establishments exploit the state gambling laws with skill-based games and bring could cause criminal activities in the area.

On the other hand, supporters told such businesses were legal under the law. In fact, they argued that instead of collecting winning, they sell pre-paid phone cards and internet tome.

“They’ve already made their intent known that they’re coming here and we can’t just restrict a business because we suspect that they’re gambling,” Clark argued.

Clark also stated that sweepstakes parlors have long been popping in the state of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.

“A lot of these internet sweepstakes cafes choose these smaller communities realizing they don’t have the resources to do a long huge court battle if the community decides it is in fact a gambling site,” Clark said.

Meanwhile, Councilman Matthew McGowan said that “as long as he’s not doing anything illegal there can’t be a problem with it.”

“Until we get a better idea on this on what exactly is legal, and what exactly is not it’s kind of hard to say yea or nay,” McGowan commented.

New Games Get the Nod From Local Municipalities in Ohio


Ohio Sweepstakes Game Conversion 750x75RALEIGH – Internet sweepstakes cafes shut down by police turned to court for help.

In 2012, the North Carolina Supreme Court outlawed sweepstakes gaming in the state, yet, the city of Raleigh continued to issue business permits and amassed a total of $1.76 million from sweepstakes license fees.

Authorities arrested internet café operators and charged them in violation of the law. However, most of those arrested were acquitted of criminal charges.

Some of these operators installed new software in compliance with the statute and asked the court to issue orders preventing law enforcement from shutting down their businesses.

Ohio Skill Game Option 350x350In December 2010, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law banning sweepstakes and electronic gambling. Yet, the sweepstakes industry returned with new set of modified skill games which they call “legal” under the law.

Attorney General Roy Cooper already warned that the sweepstakes cafes might not go away completely.

“I think law enforcement and prosecutors are just going to have to keep plugging away at this. I think overall you’ve seen a reduction in the number of these businesses in North Carolina either who voluntarily go out of business or who have been shut down by law enforcement. I think it’s just going to take a period of time before its eradicated,” said Cooper

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Get Your PlugNPlay kits Ohio 750x75ROCKFORD – Two local business owners decide to transform an abandoned building on Charles Street into a coffee shop with a twist – a café with slot machines.

“We are going to spend a lot of money fixing it up. It is going to be a legitimate business and coffee shop,” said business owner Benny Salamone.

The Salamone brothers invested in a property considered as an eyesore in the city of Rockford. They proposed to call the business Caesars Place coffee shop.

Need Ohio Skill Games 300x300“We just want everyone to know that we are going to be a coffee shop with gaming. Not a gaming parlor with coffee,” Salamone stated.

If Caesars Place gets approval from the city council, it will be the third slot machine parlor on Charles Street.

Alderman Joseph Chiarelli announced his support for Caesars saying: “I really feel that with that type of investment in the area, it is worthy to be approved.”

On the other hand, Alderman Thomas McNamara told it does not pay off in the long run to keep pumping money in slot machines.

“My problem comes in when the slot machines are your business, and something else like sandwiches, or coffee is just an insignificant piece,” McNamara commented.

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Skill Game ConversionIRS: beware of sweepstakes scams

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers against unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment for processing sweepstakes prizes.

According to the IRS, TIGTA identified about 1,100 victims who had lost an estimate of $5 million from sweepstakes and lottery scams.

“Taxpayers should remember their first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how we operate. People should hang up immediately and contact TIGTA or the IRS,” announced IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Ohio Skill Game Option 350x350Recently, a couple from North Carolina pleaded guilty for defrauding hundreds of elderly Americans through a Costa Rica-based sweepstakes scheme.

The defendants Jason Dean Brown, 41, formerly of Burleson, Texas and wife Jessica Anne Brown, 39, of Greensboro, North Carolina pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division told that couple admitted to defrauding elderlies costing them more than $840,000 losses.

It was also confirmed that the Browns owned and operated sweepstakes call centers based in Costa Rica from November 2004 to March 2013.

According to the court documents, the couple along with their co-conspirators would place calls to US residents, mostly seniors through VoIP phones and tell them that they had won a substantial amount of cash through a sweepstakes. Then, they would ask the victims to send money to Costa Rica as insurance fee in order for them to claim the prize.

After the victim sends the “insurance fee”, they would call again asking for more money saying that the victim will receive a larger sweepstakes prize because another winner was disqualified or due to some clerical errors. The scheme continues until the victim discovers the fraud or ran out of money to send.

Officials said that the calls placed via VoIP phones often display a (202) area code to make it appear like it was from U.S. federal agency in Washington, D.C.

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Ohio Sweepstakes Game Conversion 750x75ATLANTIC CITY – Instead of the September 10 closing date, Revel Casino Hotel will closed on September 1.

Earlier, Revel announced it will close its doors on September 10. The casino obtained a $125 million loan so it can operate during its stay in bankruptcy court.

However, on Friday, the company announced via email that it will close a week earlier than originally planned.

Need Ohio Skill Games 300x300“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.

First Legal Test Cleared by Ohio Cyber Cafe Replacement


Ohio Get Converted Now 750x75CHARLESTON – A 55-year-old man wanted for armed robbery turned himself in to police on Thursday.

The suspect Clarington Brown of Charleston surrendered hours later after authorities released his name and photograph in connection with an armed robbery at Mimi’s Cafe on Patrick Street.

Certified Ohio Skill GamesOn Tuesday at about 8:30 in the morning, a black man with a mask and a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt walked into Mimi’s Café, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. Then, he fled on a white car heading east on Kanawha Boulevard with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Charleston Lt. Steve Cooper told Brown was identified through a surveillance video inside the lottery store.

“He used a firearm to commit the robbery and we are now asking anyone who knows of his whereabouts to call 911,” Cooper said.

Brown, a convicted felon was charged with robbery and arraigned in Kanawha Magistrate Court.

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Get Your PlugNPlay kits Ohio 750x75MAHONING COUNTY – State troopers raided a gaming café in suspicion of illegal casino operation in southwest of Mahoning County.

Law enforcement agents along with the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation unit busted the House of Skills at 22184 Harrisburg-Westville Road of Smith Township and seized a total of 54 gaming machines.

Smith Township Chief John Siranovic told the search warrant was an important step to ensure the law is being followed in Ohio.

Ohio Skill Games 350x350“We received several complaints from area residents regarding this location and contacted BCI for assistance,” said Siranovic.

According to Ohio’s gambling law, the Ohio Casino Control Commission can regulate skill-based games, however, cash payouts from skill games are prohibited.

“Unless you are playing at a casino or racino, electronic games that pay cash prizes are illegal under Ohio law. While this joint investigation is still ongoing, neither state nor local officials will tolerate illegal casinos with no regulatory oversight and who may be taking advantage of customers,” Attorney General Mike DeWine stated.

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Skill Game KingATLANTIC CITY – The Revel Casino Hotel will shut down next month after it failed to find a buyer in bankruptcy court.

Earlier, the Atlantic City mayor announced there were with six potential buyers that can save Revel Casino Hotel which declared earlier that it was up for sale at a bankruptcy auction.

“I know that behind closed doors there are a half-dozen companies looking at the opportunity to purchase Revel,” expressed Don Guardian, mayor of Atlantic City.

According to Guardian, his administration had discussions with Revel Casino Hotel management for the acquisition of the company. Though it was not clear yet, if the buyer would seek to operate the Atlantic Club as a casino, a deed restriction from Caesars Entertainment stated that the building cannot be used again as a casino.

On Tuesday, however, Revel Casino Hotel announced it will close its doors on September 10. The casino obtained a $125 million loan so it can operate during its stay in bankruptcy court.

“We regret the impact this decision has on our Revel employees who have worked so hard to maximize the potential of the property. We thank them for their professionalism and dedication; however we are faced with several unavoidable circumstances,” 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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Green County files complaint against AG Luther Strange over gaming lawsuits

Skill Game KingALABAMA – A former Tax Assessor of Greene County filed a complaint against Attorney General Luther Strange in the Alabama Ethics Commission and Alabama Bar Association for taking over the case of three defendants indicted of perjury and lying on an electronic bingo case.

Rev. John Kennard, Pastor of Hunter Chapel M. B. Church of Faunsdale, Alabama questioned Strange’s ethics when he took over the case of the three defendants charged by a Greene County Grand Jury. According to the complaint, the Attorney General took the case to quash or nol prose the indictments of the legitimately convened Greene County Grand Jury and not to prosecute them.

On May 2014, the office of the Attorney General filed a motion in Judge Hardaway’s courtroom in Eutaw to order Greene County District Attorney Greg Griggers to turn over his case files regarding a raid involving electronic bingo machines in 2011.

During the hearing, Hardaway cautioned not to mention the names of three defendants indicted of perjury and lying on the electronic bingo case. The Democrat, however, discovered that the three defendants involved gambling consultant Desmond C. Ladner employed in the Office of the Attorney General and two other staff the Alabama Beverage Control Board assigned to Strange’s office, also working as undercover agents for electronic bingo in Greene County.

According to the office of the Atty. Gen. represented by African-American Atty. Stephanie Billingsley and Atty. Aaron Arrington, under the Alabama Law, Atty. Gen. Strange already superintended the case making him responsible for the prosecution of the three defendants.

Billingsley told that since Strange is the chief prosecutor of the, Griggers has no authority to withhold the files from them.

“I will not be a party to a gross injustice, this is a conflict of interest and a breach of the code of ethics that I cannot condone or participate in. What the state AG’s office is not telling you is that in addition to the motion to compel me to turn over my files they have a second motion to ‘nol pross or disregard and quash these charges against these three who were working for the Attorney General, which is why I feel this is a conflict of interest,” expressed Griggers which made the Greene County folks admire him for standing up against Strange who wants to take over the case.

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Skill Game KingDonald Trump: remove ‘Trump’ from Atlantic City casinos or face lawsuit

ATLANTIC CITY – The business magnate and The Apprentice star Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against Atlantic City casinos on Tuesday demanding that his name be stripped off from the dwindling Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal.

“I want it off both of them. I’ve been away from Atlantic City for many years. People think we operate (the company), and we don’t. It’s not us. It’s not me,” Trump expressed during an interview.

Based on the lawsuit filed at the state Superior Court in Atlantic County, Trump sued Trump Entertainment Resorts for allowing the Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal used his personal brand ‘Trump’ while it falls into disrepair.

“Since Mr. Trump left Atlantic City many years ago, the license entities have allowed the casino properties to fall into an utter state of disrepair and have otherwise failed to operate and manage the casino properties in accordance with the high standards of quality and luxury required under the license agreement. The Trump name … has become synonymous with the highest levels of quality, luxury, prestige and success,” the lawsuit read.

In addition, Trump claimed that  the issuance of the WARN notices not only harm the Trump name and brand, but also underscores the (company’s) inability to remedy the appalling conditions that gave rise to the defaults under the licensing agreement in the first place.

Earlier, the Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated Press that though no final decision has been made yet, it expects to close its doors on September 16.