California Tribe launches online poker site

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Pre-Reveal-GoldSACRAMENTO, Ca. – The Santa Ysabel Interactive, an enterprise of the Santa Ysabel Tribal Development Corporation, launched its own online poker site “PrivateTable.com”.

“The Tribe’s I-gaming poker website, PrivateTable.com, accessible to adult California residents who register through the website, will be a legal alternative to the unregulated, illegal Internet-based gambling websites, operated from off-shore locations by operators of questionable character,” the tribe said in a press release.

Marco “Agent Marco” Valerio, the face and voice of QuadJacks.com, told the press release was handed to him by Atty. Martin Owens, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s legal adviser.

According to Santa Ysabel Gaming Commission chairman and spokesman Dave Vialpando, the Tribe stood by the effort by the Legislature to enact interactive gambling legislation in the State. However, they decided to rely on the tribal sovereignty and the provisions of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) to offer I-poker from the Tribe’s reservation.

“Santa Ysabel Interactive currently has no plans to offer Internet-based slot machines or banked-games through its website, PrivateTable.com, but will consider offering other gaming consistent with IGRA,” Vialpando expressed.

The chairman added that they are looking forward to the opportunity to expand upon the lipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s successful track record in the regulated gaming industry.

“The Gaming Commission has applied its years of experience to ensure the integrity of the games when designing the framework for Santa Ysabel Interactive’s I-poker website,” said Vialpando.

The Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueño Indians in partnership with Canada’s Kahnawake Gaming Commission offers both cash-game and tournament Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Seven Card Stud in PrivateTable.com.

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Sen. Erickson to regulate online poker in PA with SB 1386

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HARRISBURG, Penn. – state Senator Edwin B. Erickson (R-Chester) introduced a bill to regulate online poker in Pennsylvania.

Senate Bill 1386, primarily sponsored by Erickson and co-sponsored by Bob Mensch (R- Montgomery) was finally referred to the Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee on Tuesday.

According to SB 1386, “the legalization of slot machines and table games in Pennsylvania has delivered substantial benefits to the Commonwealth, including tax revenue for property tax relief and general economic development, the creation over 15,000 jobs and significant contributions to the horse racing and agricultural industries. Developments in technology and recent legal decisions have created an opportunity to legalize interactive poker as a means to further enhance and complement the benefits delivered by casino gaming, licensed facilities and the communities in which they operate.”

Furthermore, “The Commonwealth currently authorizes gaming in the form of slot machines and banking and nonbanking table games, including poker.”

It also designated the board to “negotiate interactive gaming agreements with other states, territories or possessions of the United States in which interactive gaming has been authorized to allow players in this Commonwealth to participate in authorized games with players in such other jurisdictions.”

Moreover, it required each licensee to “report to the department and pay from its daily gross interactive gaming revenue, on a form and in a manner prescribed by the department, a tax of 14% of its daily gross interactive gaming revenue, which shall be payable to the department on a weekly basis and shall be based upon gross interactive gaming revenue for the previous week.”

A bad actor clause also stated that “The board may not issue a license to or otherwise find suitable any prospective licensee or significant vendor, or key interactive gaming employee of a licensee or significant vendor, who has at any time, either directly or through a third party whom it controlled or owned in whole or in significant part, knowingly or willfully accepted or made available wagers on interactive games using the Internet from persons located in the United States after December 31, 2006, unless licensed by a Federal or state authority.”

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Carribean: US, honor WTO ruling; stop online gambling bar

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Pre-Reveal-GoldANTIGUA – the Caribbean Community appealed to the United States to honor the first ruling issued by the World Trade Center Organization in relation to online gambling.

Based on the WTO ruling in 2004, the U.S. violated the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) when it enacted a law to bar all foreign-based operators from marketing cross-border betting and gambling to the US.

WTO decided that it would be impossible to compensate Antigua and Barbuda through trade sanctions it permitted Antigua to monetize around $21 million worth of intellectual rights from the US yearly as a compensation to US’ actions against cross-border betting and gambling.

On its 38th annual meeting at Guyana on May 10-11, the CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED stated that the US risk undermining WTO by failing to comply with the organization’s ruling on gambling laws.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda announced that due to US’ gambling laws, the Caribbean community lost more than $1 billion revenues from online gaming.

Last year, the government of Antigua and Barbuda decided to launch “harvesting benefits” from US’ intellectual property rights as ruled by the WTO, however, today Antigua said it is still hopeful the US will negotiate with an alternative settlement.

Meanwhile, the US warned that enforcing the compensation ruling would extremely damage the Caribbean community.

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Cops : Illegal Gambling Going On

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CORPUS CHRISTI - A months long undercover investigation ended today when the police raided a west side convenience store. Narcoticsdownload3 and vice officers began an investigation at the PMI store on the corner of Trojan and Greenwood after receiving several complaints about possible illegal gambling activity.

Undercover cops had visited the store gathering evidence and playing 8-liner machines for the past 90 days. Police say the store was giving out prizes that exceeded the legal amount so today they raided the store.

They seized eight machines and two other machines called “quarter machines”.

Officers also found illegal drug paraphernalia like EQGIF1glass and metal pipes for smoking synthetic marijuana. No one was arrested but the owner could face gambling and drug paraphernalia charges.

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Sweepstakes Seizures Headed To Court in Small Texas Town

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..Defendants Claim That They Were Within the Text of the Law..

In October, representatives of VictoryLand and the attorney general’s office came together to discuss the casino’s

WIN-CAFE SWEEPS 250x250future. About 4 days after the meeting, Attorney General Luther Strange made a deal.

“Your clients can amicably allow state enforcement representatives to take possession of some or all the machines that your customers plan to run and obtain proof about exactly how they were run,” Strange filled in an Oct. 19 filing to Joe Espy, an attorney for VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor. “Your customers could possibly then argue their case in court with a forfeiture action, which we would be willing to expedite.”.

A week later, Espy responded, saying he believed the proposal would cause a “sham suit” that would certainly be rejected by the Alabama Supreme Court: The court, he composed, required a “justiciable debate” to make a determination.

In a meeting last week, Espy pointed out accepting the deal will have limited VictoryLand’s legal choices.

“A forfeiture case protests the property. It is not against VictoryLand,” he pointed out. “VictoryLand would certainly not be a celebration to the case. The ability to apply professional testimony and witnesses will be significantly restricted.”.

The exchange of letters took six weeks prior to Espy announced McGregor’s goal to reopen VictoryLand by the end of December.

Yet it anticipates just what virtually every observer anticipates: a restored court conflict over bingo, a fight that has actually carried on for virtually two years, given that an anti-gambling activity force established by Gov. Bob Riley introduced an unsuccessful raid on the center on Jan. 29, 2010.

Since that time, VictoryLand voluntarily shut its doors. While it plans to reopen them before the end of the year, it will most likely need a court judgment to maintain them open.

The key lawful questions involve just what sort of bingo constitutional modifications licensed, and whether electronic bingo is the same point as bingo played digitally, or merely a slot machine with a various name that is banned under Alabama law.

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Miami Dade State Attorney Not Concerned With Violations Of Sweepstakes Ban

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Miami, FL – The State Attorney’s in the Miami Dade office has advised Hialeah that video gaming machines in the city are illegal only if city authorities can conduct an investigation and prove  that the machines pay out cash and/or prizes to players.

“We advised them that the slot machines, per se, are not illegal unless there is some type of award for gambling with them,” said Teresa Chávez, spokesperson for the attorney’s office. “It would require an undercover police job to make an arrest for possession of the slot machines.”

Hialeah Police had made contact with the state attorney’s office in July to ask for a opinion on the legality of the video gaming devices.

However, State Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, said a controversial state law passed in April establishes that the video games, which generally operate at stores, restaurants and small businesses, are illegal. The law is facing dozens of lawsuits across the state and some have the opinion that the entire law will be tossed aside for being too broad.

“I am surprised at all of this,” said Trujillo, who sponsored the law banning ‘any machine or device that can be used to play games or games of chance or skill that can be activated by entering an account number or a code or any other information.” Which some say bans your computer and smartphone.

The state law, known as HB155, establishes that slot machines are illegal and included several rulings against popular video games, Trujillo said. The proposal was in response to a three-year investigation of illegal gambling at cyber cafes affiliated with Allied Veterans of the World, a charity organization based in St. Augustine.

According to the state investigation, Allied Vets and its affiliates raised $300 million, but only $6 million went to charities. The case prompted the resignation of then-Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who worked as a consultant for Allied Vets.

Video gaming operators opposed the state legislation. City records show that until May there were 2,269 slot machines operating in Hialeah, generating some $1.2 million in revenue annually.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez said that he will continue to oppose video gaming devices in the county because he considers them harmful to the community.

“I have always been against slot machines because it is an industry that takes advantage of poorer people,” Giménez said. “Before, some used to say that there was a gray area that slot-machine operators took advantage of, but that was clarified with the new law.”

Trujillo said he asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate whether Hialeah broke the law by allowing the operation of slot machines.

“They’re investigating the reason why Hialeah is not complying with the new law,” Trujillo said but when asked FDLE said Monday it was not investigating Hialeah video gaming devices.

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Prosecutor Removed From Internet Sweepstakes Case

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A court has removed an assistant prosecutor handling a criminal case against a supplier Photo Sep 05, 6 36 20 PMof Internet-cafe software application.

In a judgment submitted Thursday, Cuyahoga County Common Judge Deena Calabrese suspended Assistant Prosecutor James D. May from the case versus VS2 Worldwide Communications. The New Jersey firm is accuseded of gambling, racketeering and cash laundering in connection with Cleveland-area sweepstakes operations.

Supporters say the cafes are legitimate business enterprises that offer Internet or phone time and, as a sweetener, offer clients a chance to win money on computerized games resembling those in casinos. Critics, including Horseshoe owner Rock Ohio Caesars, points out the storefront parlors are cover for unregulated and unlawful gambling.

VS2′s Washington legal representatives filed the motion in early January, supplying proof that May connected with a Rock Ohio influence peddler before proving on behalf of challenging cafe legislation behind time last year in Columbus. The protection, which has actually alleged selective prosecution, additionally was upset that May took a trip to Columbus and back with a state private investigator that was under oath in a pretrial trial.

Calabrese said she acted “to avoid even the appeal of incongruity.” The prosecutor’s office decreased to comment, as did VS2 lawyers Mark Schamel and Cathy Hinger.

The state legislation, presented late last year in a lameduck session, would have basically placed the cafes out of business by prohibiting money prizes and capping the value of prizes at $10. The House passed the measure, yet it died when the Senate failed to act before the end of the year.

State Rep. Matt Huffman, a Lima Republican, has actually introduced a similar bill and strategies to indicate for it at a committee hearing Wednesday. In feedback to concerns, he has actually clarified the legislation to explain that it would apply just to the cafes, not McDonald’s and various other businesses that operate sweepstakes promos.

Ohio has as many as 800 Internet cafes, Huffman claimed Friday that god is attempting to stop statewide “for-profit gambling” and fears the cafes will injured charitable gaming.

“It’s not my business to stress over just how much a casino operator is making,” Huffman claimed. “They’re making a pile of cash.”.

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