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North Carolina Law Does Not Forbid Sweepstakes Gambling Parlors

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Now that one gambling issue has been solved in the state of North Carolina, another issue has arose. Video gambling machines have been ruled illegal, but Internet cafe gambling has not.

A ruling this week from a North Carolina Court of Appeals clarified the idea that video gambling machines are illegal in the state. The poker machines were being used illegally, and establishments had to stop offering them to customers.

Another form of gambling, however, was not eliminated with the ruling. There are cafes that offer customers a chance to win in a sweepstakes game after they purchase Internet time or a phone car.

By buying the card or the computer time, a patron gains the right to play sweepstakes games on the computer. The poker games, according to the owners of these businesses, are legal because the player is getting the chance to win prize.

The promotion includes giving people that chance to win when they buy a product from the establishments. The owners see this as any other business, but law enforcement officials believe it is just another illegal form of gambling.

As of now, the law is on the side of the cafes. Law Enforcement was told not to crack down on any of these locations until a ruling was made involving an ongoing lawsuit. The industry is currently thriving in North Carolina, but that could change pending the results of the legal battle.

December 24, 2009
Posted By Vincent Tapoglia III
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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