New bill allows gamblers to loan up to $10,000 from casinos

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Ohio Sweepstakes Game Conversion 750x75JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gamblers will soon enjoy up to $10,000 credit line in the state of Missouri af
ter Gov. Jay Nixon allowed the bill to take into effect on Tuesday morning.

“This is about a convenience for our patrons. I think we’re missing out on some players who would come to Missouri,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association.

The new bill called SB 741 stated that a “qualified person” who has completed a credit application provided by the licensee and who was determined by the licensee, after performing a credit check and applying usual standards to establish credit worthiness is qualified for a line of credit of at least ten thousand dollars.

Ohio Skill Game Option 350x350“What the bill does is it allows casinos to extend credit to individuals. To do that they first must run a credit check on the patron who is applying for that credit, they have to use what the statute calls the usual standards of credit worthiness to determine if the patron qualifies for the line of credit of at least $10,000,” explained Ed Grewach, General Counsel for the Missouri Gaming Commission.

Grewach added that the zero percent loan must be paid within 30 days from the day it was taken out.

According to the new bill, once the licensee makes the determination that a person is a qualified person; additional credit checks are not required.  Furthermore, the approval to accept a credit instrument from a qualified person shall be made by the holder of an occupational license.

The bill took will took effect on August 28.

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Suspect in casino robbery arrested

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ST. MARTINVILLE, La. – A Breaux Bridge man was arrested in the comforts of his home for robbing a local casino, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office reported.

Need Ohio Skill Games 300x300According to deputies, around 1a.m. on Sunday, a black man in dark colored pants, blue shirt and black stocking cap entered Cash Magic Casino on LA 94 in Breaux Bridge and robbed the cashier. Then, he fled on foot from the front door.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies joined St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office and responded right away.
The suspect identified as Cody Broussard, 29, of Breaux Bridge through a surveillance video was arrested four hours later in his residence without struggle.

Broussard who was unarmed during the robbery was charged with simple robbery. He was held at the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center.

No injury was reported during the incident.

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PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker back in New Jersey

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Resorts Casino Hotel announced to launch PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker in New Jersey under SNG Interactive, a joint venture of Sportech and NYX Gaming.

“PokerStars is the leading world-wide brand in online gaming and we are looking forward to our future with them in New Jersey,” told casino owner Morris Bailey.

Bailey also said he welcomed the Amaya Gaming Group which acquired PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker for $4.9 billion.

The partnership with Sportech and NYX Gaming will allow ResortsCasino.com to launch a variety of slot games, table games, roulette and blackjack.

“SNG’s extensive knowledge of the online gaming industry combined with Resorts’ long-standing history of first-class land-based gaming will allow us to bring New Jersey online gamers a fresh, unique and user-friendly experience,” said CEO Mark Giannantonio.

In June 2013, Resorts Casino Hotel placed an online poker agreement with PokerStars. However, the license application was suspended due to the Rational Group’s dispute with the U.S. federal government.

Certified Ohio Skill Games“This is an exciting era of gaming in New Jersey, and we are confident it will be another positive stepping-stone in Resorts’ storied history,” expressed Bailey

Last week, Amaya announced its intention to start licensing talks with the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement.

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

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.

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2 suspects arrested in Princeton armed robbery

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Get Your Games Converted Ohio 750x75MERCER COUNTY – the West Virginia State Police arrested two out of three suspects on Sunday in connection to an armed robbery at a video lottery store in Princeton.

According to Sgt. R.A. Maddy, two white men, one in blue shirt and the other in white shirt, entered Joyce’s video lottery store on Courthouse Road around 11:11 p.m. on Wednesday and played video lottery with the machines.

Ohio Skill Games 350x350Later on, the white man in blue shirt grabbed the store clerk named Candace Lester, 25 of Princeton, around the neck from behind and threatened her with a knife on her throat. He led her behind the counter and tied her up with duct tape. Then, the white man in white shirt joined him and ordered the clerk to open the safe. They left the clerk unharmed and fled with $3,700 cash.

 

The robbery was documented on a surveillance camera inside Joyce’s video lottery store.

On Sunday, police arrested suspect Benjamin Lockhart who confessed his crime and named his brother Timothy Lockhart as the other man on the video. He also named the clerk, Lester as an accomplice to the larceny. He already bonded out from prison.

Meanwhile, Lester admitted her involvement on the crime after Lockhart’s confession. She said they have planned the robbery at Benjamin Lockhart’s flat on the same night before getting a duct tape for binding. She was held at the Southern Regional Jail.

Police are still in the lookout for Timothy Lockhart. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police at 304-425-2101.

 

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BetfairCasino.com now official online gaming sponsor of Live Nation

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Skill Game ConversionJERSEY CITY, N.J. – BetfairCasino.com, one of the world’s largest Internet betting exchange announced last week that it is now the official online gaming sponsor for Live Nation New Jersey.

Betfair, though based in London was the online gaming partner of Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza.

The deal with Live Nation New Jersey, the operator of PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel and Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden will allow Betfair patrons to earn Live Nation® Concert Cash® or Ticketmaster Ticket Cash for future events in Holmdel and Camden upon making their first-deposit to an eligible account.

“We are excited to be able to work with venues like PNC Bank Arts Center and Susquehanna Bank Center on this great program to introduce thrill-seeking music fans in New Jersey to Betfair with a unique and engaging experience both online and onsite,” told Senior VP Don Ryan, of Gaming at Betfair US and GM of Betfair.

Ohio Skill Games 350x350Ryan added that “the rush of seeing your favorite artist or band live is something we find very synergistic to the rush of playing your favorite casino games online – anytime and anywhere in New Jersey.”

Meanwhile, Live Nation was pleased with the sponsorship.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to engage with New Jersey’s online gaming consumers through this marketing sponsorship with BetfairCasino.com. We know these are people who like to have fun, and the Live Nation Concert Cash and Ticketmaster Ticket Cash promotions are a great way to get folks out to fantastic concerts at amazing music venues in the Garden State,” said Senior VP Andy Peikon of Live Nation.

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NJDGE: NJ online poker flops by 12.4% in May

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ATLANTIC CITY – as Nevada experienced a boom because of the 2014 World Series of Poker, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement reported on Thursday a fall off in NJ’s online poker revenues.

According to DGE, the total online revenue decreased to 8.39%: online poker dropped to 12.4%; and casino games was down by 7.25%. This was the second month NJ gaming declined.

Borgata/Partypoker held 53.05% of the market though it dwindled by 13.27% earning only $1,206,261 compared to $184,636 from April 2014.

WSOP in partnership with 888 had a market share of 45.18% and declined by 10.81% from $124,529 to $1,027,161.

Meanwhile, Ultimate Poker with a market share of 1.77% shaved 18.32% from $40,230 to $9,022.

On the other hand, new account sign ups hiked by 8.9% with an addition of 28, 713 accounts. Since the state launched online poker in November, the state now had a total of 351,136 accounts.

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La Mirada cybercafe rob twice overnight

LA MIRANDA, L.A. – an internet café was robbed twice in two different robberies overnight last week.

The Los Angeles County sheriff’s reported that Biz Center, a cybercafé and print shop located at La Mirada Boulevard and Leffingwell Road was first robbed on Wednesday night around 10 pm when two female armed with stun gun demanded money from the cashier.

Lt. Kevin Beggs told the women took $200 from the café.

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Seven hours later, a man on his 30’s, armed with gun, entered the shop and asked for money. Since the shop was robbed earlier, he was not able to take any cash. He, however, stole two units of cellular phones.

No injuries were reported.

Two days later, one of the suspects was arrested in Paramount while two were caught in Bell Gardens. All three were charged of robbery, said Lt. Beggs.

 

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Internet cafes busted in Austintown

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – the Mahoning County Drug Task Force raided four illegal internet cafes in Austintown and North Jackson on Thursday afternoon.

Following a six-month long investigation on illegal internet cafes, officials served search warrants to Club 76, Internet Palace and Gold Strike Café in Austintown including a private residence in North Jackson

Based on the report these four internet cafes were under investigation since December 2013.

“It’s illegal to be paid cash for gaming. Any amount of cash. Any cash payout is illegal and both of these locations were paying out in cash,” told Commander Jeff Solic of the Mahoning Law Enforcement Task Force.

Though no arrest was made, the task force seized several electronic files, 38 casino-style gambling machines, and cash.

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Sweepstakes Cafes Are Closed ; Operators Try New Game

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Pre-Reveal-GoldNORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – a sweepstakes business owner informed city council members on April 21 that he would reopen his internet café business within the next 90 days.
 
The said businessman named Tony Coreno of Lorain, owned Oasis Sweepstakes at 34899 Lorain Rd. and the Lady Luck Sweepstakes located at 33133 Center Ridge Rd.
 
According to Atty. Diana Khouri, her client Coreno hopes to reopen his sweepstakes café shut down on October 3, 2013 under the new state regulations which does not require council action.
 
Oasis and Lady Luck along with several hundreds of internet cafes across the state shut down after new state regulations with a North Ridgeville city ordinance was approved and came into effect.
 
Based on Khouri’s statement during a public participation section of the regular council meeting, Coreno has kept the establishments by paying rent with an intention of reopening with a new software license that will allow customers to access adult games integrated with games of skill.
 
Unlike slot machines, the new software will require good-eye coordination and skills in order to win a prize which can be a gift card or cash prize.
 
“We plan to work closely with the [North Ridgeville] law director on this. From our reading of the Ohio Revised Code, it does not directly address this type of a skill amusement game. We feel, therefore, it is not prohibited,” said Khouri.

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Columbus –  Former Internet Sweepstakes cafe owners have proclaimed that the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland started the push to put them out of business in Ohio, and attorneys for the cafe industry say they are working on leaking further details to prove the accusations were true.

Horse Shoe Casino in ClevelThe owners and their lawyers point to emails and testimony documenting personal contact between a casino lobbyist and two people, a prosecutor and investigator  involved in criminal charges brought against a company that supplies software to the cafes.

Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor James D. May and state investigator Robert Boldin testified earlier this year in Columbus in favor of a House Bill that would have regulated the controversial cafes.

May sent Boldin an email the night before they went downstate, identifying casino lobbyist Leah Pappas Porner as their “contact” for a Senate committee hearing.

According to the transcript from a court hearing in the criminal case, Boldin testified that he sent Porner an advance copy of remarks he planned to make before the Senate committee. He also testified that Porner was present when he prepped for the committee meeting with his superiors from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

In Washington DC, defense lawyers handling the criminal case filed a motion Monday in Common Pleas Court, asking Judge Deena Calabrese to remove May from the proceedings. Attorney Mark Schamel declined to comment, but the court filing says the email is evidence that May is “aligned with the casino.”

Cafe owners believe casinos are out to stifle competition, though they deny that their operations involve gambling from a technical standpoint.

Besides being in contact with casino representatives, lawyers are upset that May and Boldin traveled to Columbus during a two-day hearing on defense motions. The trip delayed the proceedings until in the afternoon of the second day and while Bodin still was under oath.

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May cannot discuss the case, said Maria Russo, spokeswoman for Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty. In a statement released late Monday, McGinty discounted the complaints made by lawyers for the owners of the software company, New Jersey-based VS2 Worldwide Communications.

“Take a minute to think about what they are doing,” McGinty said. “The purveyors of these gambling dens want to punish the prosecutor who testified with the Attorney General’s Office before the Legislature that their totally unregulated mini casinos, using rigged video slots to bilk little old ladies out of their pensions and pin money, are absolutely wrong and illegal under Ohio law.” The Ohio lottery has just introduced new “raffle machines” to bilk little old ladies out of their pensions.

“Leah is a lobbyist for us,” Kulczycki said. “She was involved in our support of the bill, but I can’t comment on ‘He said, she said.’ ”

Joe Andrews, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, said May asked Boldin to testify at the Senate Committee meeting. Andrews said he had no indication that Boldin or other department officials acted improperly.

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