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Politician licks finger at poker game; thrown out of Melbourne casino

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MELBOURNE – An Australian Labor Party leader and former Premier of Tasmania was kicked out from a casino after he allegedly licked a finger during a poker game

The 58-year-old Paul Anthony Lennon confirmed that he was tied in cable and frog-marched out of Melbourne Crown Casino last Thursday night for licking his finger during a game of $2 poker.

convert your sweepstakes today 350x350“At one instance I licked my index finger before touching my dealt cards, as you sometimes do. But apparently this is against the rules—something I was not aware of. For this I was removed. I questioned the reason why, but was not given an answer,” said Lennon.

 

According to a witness, about five to six security guards wrestled with Lennon when he refused to leave after he aggressively berate a woman whom he accused of touching his casino chips. When the guards asked him to quiet down, Lennon reportedly resisted and asked the guards instead: “Don’t you know who I am?”

Lennon who served as Premier from 2004 to 2008 claimed he had not consumed any alcoholic drinks during the game and declined an interview request.

Sweepstakes operators petition to have ‘seized cash’ back

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RALEIGH - Several business owners petitioned to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a crackdown on internet gaming.

During the spring, the FBI in cooperation with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement busted about 176 sweepstakes parlors including those leased at Big Boy’s 66 Truck Stop in Kenly.

“A whole band of agents come busting in the doors. They took over. They took the money, all the paper money in the office,” told Walter Powell Jr., a truck stop owner.

According to Powell, authorities confiscated all the cash including Big Boy’s which was not connected to any internet gaming operation.

 

convert your sweepstakes today 350x350“We’re talking anywhere from $1,300 to hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Raleigh lawyer Dan Boyce who called the law hypocritical.

Boyce argued the law enforcement should be investigating Ricky Godwin, a sweepstakes game vendor in Selma who supplied coin-operated games to truck stops and not the gaming parlors in Kenly.

The gaming parlors busted in May was back in business after a legal advice stated that pre-reveal software used were in-line with the law.

“It was overreach. Not only that, there was the threat of criminal prosecution, which I find to be unbelievable,” Boyce said.

Casino robber refused to cooperate; wheeled into court

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LAS VEGAS – An ex-con charged for robbing a Las Vegas casino and using the money to lavish on hookers and bribe a tourist in booking a hotel was wheeled in court with a spit mask around his neck and a blanket over his body.

Scott Carmitchel, 34, was ordered to appear in Clark County Justice Court “by any force necessary” after the suspect reportedly refused to cooperate with authorities.

“Carmitchel has refused to cooperate in any way with the investigation and was combative with officers throughout the booking process,” told an officer

During his appearance, the felon from Kansas did not open speak or open his eyes. An officer also had to hold the suspects head in position for the mug shot.

NC Sweepstakes Option 350x350Based on the police report, Carmitchel robbed a casino cashier at Bellagio on Friday and fled with $43, 500 on hand. He was arrested the next day, after a tip off that he was socializing with hookers at the Hard Rock resort.

Carmitchel was charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery at the Bellagio and one count of armed bank robbery at a City National Bank along East Tropicana Avenue.

According to Deputy Public Defender Mike Wilfong, a “social worker” would be needed in preparation of Carmitchel’s defense.

3 business owners charged with misdemeanor gambling

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NC Plug N Play 750x150GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office charged three business owners after deputies confiscated more than a dozen poker machines from a local sweepstakes café in Pitt County.

According to the police report, on July 17, law enforcement raid Platinum Sweepstakes Cafe inside Greenville Buyers’ Market Shopping Center along Memorial Drive after they received several complaints regarding the café’s illegal gambling machines.

Investigators seized 14 stand-up video poker machines containing non-prereveal software which was illegal under the state’s law.

NC Skill Games 350x350“These machines are a clear violation of the law,” the Sheriff’s Office reported.

 

Both business owners of the Platinum Sweepstakes Cafe Christopher Lee Bass from Elm City and Joseph Rex Bass Jr. from Spring Hope were charged with operating five or more video gaming machines and misdemeanor gambling.

In addition, Donald Wayne Boyd from Elm City, owner of the seized video poker machines was charged with felony for manufacturing, selling or leasing electronic video gaming machines and felony for operating five or more video gaming machines.

MA treasurer candidates bet against gambling bill

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BOSTON – The three Democratic candidates for the state’s treasurer were unified against casino in Massachusetts during a debate on TV.

The candidates namely Tom Conroy of Wayland, Barry Finegold of Andover and Deb Goldberg of Brookline told they are against casinos in Massachusetts and expressed concerns for the state’s lottery.

According to the Supreme Judicial Court, a referendum to revoke the 2011 expanded gambling law which allowed three regional resort casinos and one slot parlor will be voted upon on the statewide ballot on November.

State representative Conroy of the 13th Middlesex District told that the gaming bill could create more bankruptcies and hurt the state’s budget.

“I’m the only one who has done a cost-benefit analysis. The costs outweigh the benefits,” Conroy stated.

Meanwhile, Goldberg who served six years for the Brookline Board of Selectmen told that the money generated from lottery tickets was the only unrestricted general funding communities received from the state.

Senator Finegold stated that he voted twice against the gambling bill.

“The gaming bill is a bad bet for the Commonwealth,” Finegold said.

Goldberg also agreed with Finegold saying online gambling would hurt small business like lottery outlets.

“They are terrified of this. Online gambling – there couldn’t be anything worse,” Goldberg expressed.

Missouri Governor allowed casinos to provide $10,000 credit line to gamblers

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gamblers will soon enjoy up to $10,000 credit line in the state of Missouri after 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.

“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.

Good-bye Trump Plaza

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The owner of Trump Plaza casino announced it will shut down in mid-September.

On Saturday, the Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated Press that though no final decision has been made yet, it expects to close its doors on September 16.

According to the management of Trump Plaza, its board of directors have been reviewing alternatives for the property. Although this review has not been completed and no final decision has been made, the company expects that it will terminate the operations of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino on or shortly after September 16, 2014.

New Jersey State Senator Jim Whelan expressed distress with the news.

“I’ve been back and forth between being depressed and angry all day,” said Whelan.

According to Whelan, the closure of Trump Plaza would lay off 1,000 employees. The WARN notices will be sent as early as Monday.

“I’d love to stand here and tell people – particularly the employees – don’t worry, we’re going to fight, we’re going to save your jobs; this, that and the other. I’d be lying,” added the former Atlantic City mayor.

Man killed in attempted robbery

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ST. LOIUS – A man waiting for a party bus outside of St. Louis casino was killed after a robber shot him in the back around 1:45 in the morning on Saturday.

The victim Bariah Crump, 28, of the 9400 block of Coppercreek Court in Ferguson was dead on arrival when rushed to a hospital.

According to police, the gunman walked up to Crump at the corner of North Second and Carr streets near Lumière Place Casino and Hotel, pulled out a gun and declared robbery. Then, he shot Crump in the upper back.

A woman, 24, who attempted to run from the area, was also shot in the buttocks. She was taken in a hospital. Doctors said she was in a stable condition.

Keisha Thomas, 33, a co-worker of Crump at the Experience One Hair Salon in Jennings described the victim as humorous person who loved to make money and do hair.

“He was a good person who was down to earth. He was an awesome stylist,” said Thomas.

Family members and friends released black and purple balloons on Sunday evening at a candle light vigil at the location where he was killed.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting was asked to contact authorities.

$100 million racino to rise in Alex Bay

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ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. – a couple of Rochester developers proposed to convert the now-vacant Bonnie Castle Recreation Center in Alexandria Bay into a $100 million racino resort.

“It really will impact the community in a way the community has not been impacted in many, many years, in a very positive way. There are a lot — a lot — of opportunities for a lot of people,” announced Mark Bohn of Bennett Heights Capital LLC.

Bohn, along with Marc R. Vasile, Vice President of Vasile Construction Corporation proposed 35,000 square foot gaming center with 1,000 video lottery terminals, horse racetrack, 500-seat convention cneter, 128-room hotel, fine and casual dining restaurants, an outlet mall, a spa and an all-terrain and recreational vehicle park that will generate an estimate of   $16 million in annual payroll for at least 600 construction jobs.

According to the developers, all the needed components for the project were all in place except for the approval of the state Gaming Commission and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

“Right now, our biggest stumbling block is the RFA,” said Bohn who met with Vasile and the Gaming Commission last March for the request of application.

The developers stated that River Isles along Route 12 was designed to be a year-round destination that would cater Canadians.

“It’s not just a racino; it’s not just a hotel; it’s a whole conglomerate of projects,” Vasile said.

North Carolina Pre-Reveal Games Compliant with Text of Law

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WHITEVILLE, N.C. – a Dublin elected official charged with misdemeanor for illegal operation of a video gaming café told pre-reveal video machines were legal under the state’s law.

Last week, law enforcement from Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffrey Scott Smith, a town commissioner in Dublin and charged him with two counts of misdemeanor for operating Gold Rush Internet Café north of Whiteville. He was released, however, with $1,000 secured bond.

According to Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, the raid which confiscated 68 hard drives from computers and $5,800 cash from Gold Rush was authorized by the District Attorney’s Office who stated that the State Supreme Court upheld the ban on video gambling machines.

However, Smith’s lawyer Alan Maynard argued the machines were legal under the North Carolina law because those who purchased internet time were already notified of the winnings before the game.

“Those same games are running in over 40 counties in the state of North Carolina. There are other district attorneys and sheriff’s departments that agree that our software is compliant,” said Smith.

DublinDistrict Attorney Jon David, nonetheless, insisted to take the case to the superior court for Smith’s best interest.

“By bringing this matter directly into superior court, we’re going to expedite things and give the community a chance to weigh in on what justice should be. And I would think that any defendant should embrace that opportunity because a jury is the ultimate safeguard for any criminal defense,” David told.