Kinston Council Looks At Internet Gambling Cafes

Internet gambling cafes are popping up everywhere, and while they are legal, some cities are looking at clamping down on them.

The Kinston City Council meeting Tuesday night includes a public hearing about putting a moratorium on such internet cafes or internet sweepstakes operations.

The businesses sell phone or internet time to people to allow them to play sweepstakes games on computers to win prizes, cash or more playing time. There are some pending court cases in the state court of appeals that could decide these cafes are illegal.

We'll keep you posted on what Kinston decides.


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  • by Donna Location: Snow Hill on Jan 19, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    I know all too well about these gambling cafes. I recently lost a loved one who had a gambling problem. He was very addicted to these machines. He couldn't get enough.I think that our state lottery is enough to curb their(gambler's) appetites. If they need lights & action, then go to Vegas.
  • by Reality Location: NC on Jan 19, 2010 at 08:22 AM
    So it's okay to gamble with the state but not a private business. Are they going to ban lottery tickets from being sold in city limits as well? I think it is great that these folks have found a loop hole in the law. If the city wants to do something, why not see how many of the people playing these machines are on disability or assistance? If you get free money and gamble with it you should lose it?
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jan 19, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    Before it is over with these establishments will be legal as long as the winners pay taxes on their winnings
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