Store manager at internet café arrested in Covina

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COVINA – An undercover investigation on illegal online gambling resulted in an arrest of one person and seizure of 36 gaming machines, the Covina Police Department reported.

Store manager Sheryl Duson of Hacienda Heights was arrested on suspicion of possessing slot devices after authorities served a search warrant at Quick Connect located at 900 block of North Citrus Avenue. She was charged with misdemeanor.

According to Detective Ryan Balsz, Quick Connect was registered in the California Secretary of State as an internet café which offered internet access and mobile accessories. However, it was revealed that it also offered online gambling by issuing pin numbers to customers.

Texas 8 liber plug n play kit 350x350Balsz said a customer can purchase 2000 points for $20 and then they would enter the pin number in the computer to play. If they win, they will redeem the points for cash.

Furthermore, Sgt. Jim McDonough told Quick Connect also had a wheel which offered spins to customers for additional points.

“We received several complaints about illegal Internet gambling in the city. Due to the complaints, detectives did an undercover operation,” McDonough said.

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Man steals winning lottery tickets; arrested

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Texas Operators Get Back in the GameFRESNO – A man who won $200 from California Lottery was arrested for allegedly stealing the winning tickets during a robbery a few minutes earlier.

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According to Sgt. Mark Hudson, a video surveillance revealed that Roscoe Sharpe, 25, took 54 lottery tickets and assaulted a store clerk at Bag-O-Bag store along East Olive Avenue.

On another store video located about half a mile away from Bag-O-Bag, Sharpe was spotted cashing in two of the tickets worth $100 each.

Sharpe was charged with three counts of burglary and one count of robbery.

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Game room operator sues Harris County over gambling rule

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Get Your Games Converted TexasHOUSTON, TX
– A Houston game room operator who believes rules were for breaking sued Harris County for allegedly affecting his ability to earn a living.

The businessman Fabian Elizondo argued that new rules which took effect in May limiting operation hours of gaming parlors in Harris County was vague, thus it must be thrown out.

Texas 8 liber plug n play kit 350x350“It has definitely affected business. It’s hindered our income in a great magnitude. And I think the big complaint about it is that we’re getting these big rules that places like bars and strip clubs around Houston will never get,” said Elizondo.

Another game room operator who refused to be named agreed with Elizondo and told that his business was unfairly targeted by lawmakers.

 

On the other hand, Senior Assistant County Attorney Fred Keys told game operators not to rip off people in their game rooms.

“Be like Dave and Buster’s and let everybody have a good time,” Keys commented.

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California Tribe launches online poker site

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8 Liner Conversion KitsSACRAMENTO, 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.

Texas 8 liber plug n play kit 350x350“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.”

Texas 8 liber plug n play kit 350x350It 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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