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..Owning a Smart-Phone is Owning a Gambling Device ??
Six months ago, dozens were charged amid a gambling scam posed as a veteran’s charity called Allied Veterans of the World. The probe also resulted to the resignation of Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll. This $300M worth of gambling scam has been Florida’s hottest headline.
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According to a white paper based survey conducted by the American Gaming Association (AGA) , internet cafes are nuisance flaw to America’s gambling law.
The white paper - Internet Sweepstakes Cafes: Unregulated Storefront Gambling in the Neighborhood by David O. Stewart, Ropes & Gray, LLP focuses on the growth of sweepstakes industry through the years, how it operates, who are the target patrons and where it operates. It also studies all legal investigations, lawsuits and civil cases filed related to the issue and concluded a legal argument against sweepstakes.WIN-CAFE SWEEPS 250x250
The paper asserts internet sweepstakes generate $10B per annum, which is non-taxable because it is not regulated and receives no oversight.
Furthermore, it brings out the issue of oversight citing the fact that because internet cafes are not regulated, it promotes gambling to minors who hang around internet shops.
The Foundation to Online Games (FOG) have proclaimed that the AGA has attacked the internet sweepstakes industry because it is a direct competitor of the up and coming online casino market. Casey Rooks, a spokesperson for FOG goes onto say “Casino interest are threatened by the internet sweepstakes business model for multiple reasons, as the online casino market builds itself up to prepare for the legalization of online gambling, the internet sweepstakes industry can give the same players being targeted by casino interest the same game and they can do that right now, in other words, the internet sweepstakes business model has beaten the online casino industry to the punch, since the online casino industry is technically ‘gambling’ they must wait for legislation. The internet sweepstakes industry lets players access casino style games thru electronic promotions and is technically, ‘not gambling’ by definition.
Rooks goes onto to say “The AGA and like minded individuals understand the internet sweepstakes business model and there have been several offers to purchase a couple of the platforms used to conduct internet sweepstakes.” Rooks continues “so far no offer has been accepted”

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Court Cases Across The Country Lean In Favor Of Internet Sweepstakes
Six months ago, dozens were charged amid a gambling scam posed as a veteran’s charity called Allied Veterans of the World. The probe also resulted to the resignation of Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll. This $300M worth of gambling scam has been Florida’s hottest headline.
smartphone2
According to a white paper based survey conducted by the American Gaming Association (AGA) , internet cafes are nuisance flaw to America’s gambling law.
The white paper - Internet Sweepstakes Cafes: Unregulated Storefront Gambling in the Neighborhood by David O. Stewart, Ropes & Gray, LLP focuses on the growth of sweepstakes industry through the years, how it operates, who are the target patrons and where it operates. It also studies all legal investigations, lawsuits and civil cases filed related to the issue and concluded a legal argument against sweepstakes.
The paper asserts internet sweepstakes generate $10B per annum, which is non-taxable because it is not regulated and receives no oversight.
Furthermore, it brings out the issue of oversight citing the fact that because internet cafes are not regulated, it promotes gambling to minors who hang around internet shops.
The Foundation to Online Games (FOG) have proclaimed that the AGA has attacked the internet sweepstakes industry because it is a direct competitor of the up and coming online casino market. Casey Rooks, a spokesperson for FOG goes onto say “Casino interest are threatened by the internet sweepstakes business model for multiple reasons, as the online casino market builds itself up to prepare for the legalization of online gambling, the internet sweepstakes industry can give the same players being targeted by casino interest the same game and they can do that right now, in other words, the internet sweepstakes business model has beaten the online casino industry to the punch, since the online casino industry is technically ‘gambling’ they must wait for legislation. The internet sweepstakes industry lets players access casino style games thru electronic promotions and is technically, ‘not gambling’ by definition.
Rooks goes onto to say “The AGA and like minded individuals understand the internet sweepstakes business model and there have been several offers to purchase a couple of the platforms used to conduct internet sweepstakes.” Rooks continues “so far no offer has been accepted”

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In a rush to monopolize the gambling industry within the State of Florida, along with a steady push from Indian tribe casino lobbyist, Florida and HB-155 may have accidentally

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banned every computer and smartphone in the state. How could such an event take place ? It comes from a very poor worded house bill 155 and a money hungry legislation.

The purpose of the ban, in some people’s opinion, had 3 objectives, 1) kill Internet cafes that allowed playing games like bingo and other slots-type games. 2) kill competition for the current casinos and 3) begin the process of establishing a video lottery terminal (VLT) program for the state to help their budget woes. Over a thousand of those Internet cafes were forced to shut down in Florida after the bill went into effect in April but it looks like Florida may have overlooked a few major details within the text of the bill whilst killing 15000 Internet cafe jobs.

Consuelo Zapata, an owner of one of those Internet cafes that got shut down is fighting back and has discovered that in the process of shutting down Internet cafes, Florida might have just banned all computers and smartphones altogether.

As with any law, the key is the wording of what was banned, or the definition of what Is being regulated (much like a speed limit sign).

The ban defines illegal slot machines as any “system or network of devices” that may be used in a game of chance.

Obviously “any system or network of devices” is a pretty broad definition which means it can be applied to “any number of devices”, according to Miami law firm Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine. Zapata is now suing the state in hopes that the court calls the Internet cafe ban unconstitutional.

However, law experts from around the country have their eyes on this case because it may have a variety of outcomes depending on which way it unfolds.

The hypothetical that a Florida law may ban the very technology that every law enforcement officer, judge and legislator have clipped on their belt or tucked in their purse is confusing to say the least. According to a variety of polls, anywhere from 58-63% of Floridians use smartphones and close to 90% of people across the state have some sort of Internet access.

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iPhone Incorporates Real-Money Wagers in Great Leap Forward for Mobile Gambling Industry, Announce Mobilecasinogame.co.uk

UK comes to be testing ground for burgeoning new real-money gambling app industry

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iPhone users in the UK will certainly be able to gamble with true hard earned cash by means of their mobile phones for the first time. The web site, which specialises in news and assessments of mobile casino games, verifies that Big Fish Games Inc. is to offer a new Big Fish Casino application, which will certainly accept real-money wagers.

The app is a rebranded version of the Seattle-based provider’s very successful mobile-social casino game, Card Ace: Casino, and will include slots, video poker, live roulette and blackjack. In contrast to the free-to-play Card Ace: Casino, the newly revamped version will certainly allow customers to gamble with true funds through the app for the first time. The new Big Fish Casino app will be offered via iOS, Google’s Android system, and via Facebook as well.

Nevertheless, the real-money wagering alternatives will exclusively be offered to users within the UK, where mobile and online gambling is lawful, provided that they are over 18 years of age. The application has actually been specifically redesigned to make gameplay easier for mobile phone and tablet computer users, and Big Fish isn’t the very first gaming brand name to overhaul its products for a more mobile generation.

Betfair’s most up-to-date monetary outcomes, covering the six months to the end of October 2011, reveal sturdy year-on-year growth for the provider’s mobile branch. Over this six-month period, over $ 800 million was traded with its mobile solution, creating $ 9.1 million in income. Real-money mobile gambling justified 7.3 % of its total exchange income, up 96 % year-on-year.

Facebook even offered its first real-money gambling application last month. Bingo & Slots Friendzy allows individuals in the UK to play a selection of bingo and slots games with genuine money using Facebook for the first time, instead of utilizing Facebook credits.

As reported by http://www.mobilecasinogame.co.uk real-money applications developers are locating a valuable testing ground in the UK, famous for its more relaxed gaming laws, where online and mobile gambling are lawful. With debt-ridden European governments searching for new revenue streams, it may not be very long until we view real-money mobile gaming expand out of the UK.

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Legislature sidestepping sweepstakes cafés again

For the second year in a row, Florida legislators who were determined to outlaw Internet sweepstakes cafés have rolled snake eyes.

A bill that would have shuttered hundreds of establishments across the state passed the Florida House on March 1 but this week remained mired in a Senate committee. The bill doesn’t appear to be ready for a vote by the time the legislative session is scheduled to end Friday.

A track of the Senate’s version of the bill shows it in committee review and that in January the bill was “temporarily postponed.”

If the bill fails to pass, it will be the second year lawmakers were unable to create a statute that would either ban or regulate one of the fastest growing businesses in the state, leaving local governments and law enforcement to hash out what to do about the sweepstakes cafés.

Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk and Pinellas counties already have taken measures to ban the businesses, partly because of the failure of Florida lawmakers to enact a statewide law. Hillsborough County commissioners outlawed the Internet cafés in the unincorporated parts of the county last year, and the sheriffs in Pinellas, Polk and Pasco counties have all but run the cafés out of town.

Numerous other Florida counties have followed suit, though two counties, Leon and Duval, have opted for ordinances that regulate rather than an outright ban.

Such a patchwork of ordinances eventually may force lawmakers to take action, said an anti-gambling advocate who is closely monitoring the issue on a statewide and local level.

John Sowinski, president of NoCasinos.org, said local communities taking up the fight against Internet cafés could create chaos, making the issue “riper for legislative action, and that’s a good thing. Anything that helps this issue reach critical mass, to get statewide action, is a good thing.”

Hillsborough County commissioners in December voted 5-2 to ban sweepstakes cafés. Last year, dozens of the businesses had cropped up in strip malls and outdoor shopping plazas in Hillsborough after sheriffs in Pinellas and Pasco counties ran them off with letters saying owners and operators would be arrested on gambling law violations.

More than 30 cafés in Hillsborough shut down within a week of the ban’s approval. But at least one opened in downtown Tampa. The county ordinance only applies to unincorporated Hillsborough County, and the storefront on Franklin Street appears for now to be legal, though city attorneys are looking into it.

Sowinski said a ban is the only acceptable solution to the issue. Proposals to regulate sweepstakes cafés only would “legally dignify them,” he said, and open the door to “the biggest expansion of gambling in Florida history.”

He said state lawmakers likely would not ban Internet cafés, “unless they are urged to by their constituents.”

Internet café advocates continue to fight the ban but say they welcome regulation.

“We agree that the electronic sweepstakes technology has outpaced current law,” said Sarah Bascom, spokeswoman for the Coalition of Florida’s Internet Cafés, “and that changes should be made to the law so that bad operators can be shut down and law enforcement and local governments can have the measuring stick they need to distinguish between the law abiding facilities and the questionable ones.”

She said banning the businesses would put 13,000 industry workers into unemployment lines.

Reached this week in Tallahassee, Bascom declined to predict whether the Senate bill would make it to a vote by the end of the session.

“We’ve seen bills sometimes voted into law at 4 a.m.,” she said.

She is urging lawmakers to create a law that regulates the industry rather than bans it.

“We’re hopeful for regulatory language that is uniform across the state,” she said, “so that local governments and law enforcement agencies have something to measure between law-abiding businesses and the others.”

The battle continues, she said. “It’s far from over. It won’t be over till the gavel comes down.”

An analysis of the Senate bill by the staff of the Regulated Industries Committee said there are “somewhere between 450 and 1,000,” Internet sweepstakes cafés in Florida.

The matter is in judicial limbo, the report said. No state appellate courts have looked at any of the criminal cases filed. A handful of cases have been in circuit court. One jury trial resulted in an acquittal and the two others were dismissed before trial.

One case, stemming from Seminole County, is currently under review by a federal court on a free-speech challenge, the report said, and the manager of a Pinellas County café had filed a federal civil lawsuit against the sheriff after he closed down that business.

The report noted that local governments to try to deal with the fast-growing industry are making their own laws.

Lawmakers in North Carolina passed legislation in 2010 outlawing the Internet sweepstakes cafés. Last year, Virginia did the same. In April, the Massachusetts attorney general submitted emergency regulations to shut down the businesses, and Alabama attempted lawmakers recently outlawed Internet cafés.

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