Internet Sweepstakes Cafe Owners Upset Over Expected Ban

Gamers and operators of internet sweepstakes cafes say they're upset the legislature is one step closer to banning them.

The state legislature believes buying time to play casino games at internet sweepstakes cafes is nothing more than gambling and has taken one more step to put them out of business.

In Greenville there are about a dozen of these internet cafes set up in old store fronts and strip malls. The scene is similar all across the state. Cafe operators say the ban would eliminate thousands of jobs during the bad economy by getting rid of this form of entertainment.

Lawmakers said Thursday night the 2006 video poker ban also applies to computer-based sweepstakes games.

If the governor signs the bill into law that means these businesses will have to shut down by December 1st.

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