Florida Committee To Look At Sweepstakes Cafe Regulation
Committee Appointed To Study Issue In The Sunshine State
While card rooms in Florida continue to flourish and the debate continues for the addition of destination casino resorts, the state turns their attention to the issue of storefront internet cafes, which have began offering computerized games of chance for patrons to gamble on.
The games, which are very similar to slot machines, operate in a grey area of the law because they don’t technically qualify as a game of chance, since the outcomes are predetermined. State gambling laws refer to these games as sweepstakes.
A bill was introduced in 2012 that would ban the machines, but it died in the Florida Senate. Instead of regulation, which would be seen by the legislature as a sign of approval, Senate President Don Gaetz has decided to appoint a committee to determine the game’s fate.
The committee, which will also look at other issues such as tribal gaming and parimutuel facilities, will spend the next two years looking at the state’s gambling industry. Meanwhile, internet cafes will continue to be policed by the state’s 67 counties, who are currently ill-prepped for the task.
“We agree that the electronic sweepstakes technology has outpaced current law 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,” said Coalition of Florida’s Internet Cafes spokesperson Sarah Bascom.
|1||Dan Bilzerian Talks Nosebleed Poker With Howard Stern|
|2||Atlantic City Casino Caesars Robbed Of $181,000|
|3||Poker Strategy -- Daniel Negreanu On Balance Versus Adaptability|
|4||Jerry Yang's World Series Of Poker Watch On eBay|
|5||Report: Phil Ivey Posts $1 Million Bail For Fellow High-Stakes Poker Player Paul Phua, Son Darren Phua|
|6||Atlantic City Struggling To Maintain Status As Top Poker Destination|
|7||2014 World Series of Poker ESPN TV Schedule|
|8||Poker Strategy With Dusty Schmidt: Preflop Open Limping|
|9||Online Poker: Viktor Blom Cuts 2014 Deficit In Half|
|10||Wynn Plans To Use 250K Live Oysters To Help Clean Up Contaminated River Alongside Proposed Casino Site|
|1||One Drop Winner Daniel Colman Didn't Talk To Media Because He Sees Poker 'As A Very Dark Game'|
|2||Pamela Anderson Divorces Rick Salomon Just Days After He Won $2.8 Million In 'Big One For One Drop'|
|3||Daniel Negreanu Had 87 Percent Of Himself In $1 Million One Drop Poker Tournament, Agent Says|
|4||Dozens Gamble On $1,000 Flips For World Series Of Poker Main Event Seat|
|5||Poker Pro Johannes Strassmann Dead At 29|
|6||Daniel Colman Wins $15.3 Million In 2014 World Series of Poker Big One For One Drop|
|7||It Appears Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Has Played His Last WSOP Main Event|
|8||High-Stakes Poker Player Paul Phua Arrested In Las Vegas For Allegedly Taking Bets On World Cup|
|9||Poker Pro Chad Brown Loses His Battle With Cancer|
|10||November Nine Set For World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table|