Kinston Looks At Regulating Casino Games At Internet Cafes

Internet cafes allow people to pay to surf the internet and check e-mail, but there are some cafes that allow people to play casino games online. But, is it gambling?

Hitting the jackpot may be fun for now--but in 60 days the game will be on hold. On Tuesday night, the Kinston city council decided to enforce a 60 day moratorium on internet sweepstakes operations in Kinston.

The council wants to look into operations like the Neuse Business Center in Kinston, an internet cafe that advertises a chance to win cash. It's a perfectly legal business at the moment, but some see it as legal gambling.

In December, the Court of Appeals upheld a ban to make video poker and slot machines illegal in North Carolina. The law does not say playing those games over the internet is illegal.


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  • by common sense Location: kinston on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:51 AM
    to Anonymous, yes tighter regulations on the placement of the businesses such as distant restrictions from schools, churches etc.. not on the business itself...particularly not on the games as the title implies...
  • by Anonymous Location: L.A. on Jan 20, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    TO: "common sense" Kinston's mayor was on camera saying they were investigating the need for tighter regulations on these businesses. WITN mods wouldn't post my response to Holy Cow earlier, I guess honesty is offensive.
  • by common sense Location: Kinston on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    I earlier wrote about the various titles of these news reports..without even noticing the title of this one.."Kinston Looks At Regulating Casino games At Internet Cafe" Where in the world did WITN get that information...NO!!!! Kinston is not looking to regulate casino games at internet cafes or anywhere else for that matter...never has that once been said by any city official or anyone else period to my knowledge..do you guys even know what the city council meeting was about?
  • by common sense Location: kinston on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:25 PM
    Unbelievable..what a wonderful world we would have if people would take time to gather correct information before speaking or reporting on issues. It's funny how the title of most every recent artticle or news report have been something like "online gambling" or "the Gambling contraversy" ..Is everyone aware of what "online" means? For those who don;t it refers to being connected to the internet such as a website. Well that makes 2 things that have been misrepresented. First the games people are playing are not "online" at all..and second, last i checked "gambling" in the fine state of NC is not legal..(unless of course your the government and can have the lottery,but that is a whole other issue)People, particularly press get the facts before printing and saying things that its fairly obvious that you don;t know anything about.let the law handle these things.OH Wait!! The law has spoken and that is why they are here .they are legal businesses..don;t insult the intelligence of the public
  • by Anonymous Location: L.A. on Jan 20, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    Holy Cow, What are you asking me to put up or shut up about? I am simply telling you why they are looking into regulating the places, I've not stated a whether or not I have a problem with it, which I don't, or with the regulation of it. All I've said is why. I'm sorry you take my explaination of an act I'm no part of as an attack on your freedom to waste your money. I never claimed violence in the places, or relation to violence. I disagree completely with all of the over-regulation we have to deal with in our lives. And I completely disagree with the government taxing everything we do and then spending it to make themselves more wealthy. But I follow it enough to actually know what's going on before I get mad. I don't care if they leave them be or shut them down personally. My only opinion of the places is that everyone I've ever seen entering or leaving looked like the kind of trash that needs to do something smarter with thier money. But it's thiers to piss away if they want to.
  • by Holy Cow Location: Eastern NC on Jan 20, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    For gosh sakes, when are the folks who are pretending to be Americans going to stop trying to ram down our throats what we "need" and what we are "going to get"? This is America. We should have a choice. You keep this up and the people here will stand up like the people did in Massachusetts did. We still have a voice and a choice. You want to go to these "Internet cafes" then go, if not, stay out. It is your choice--simple. I have been. There is NO violence. I had rather see people spend their money here than in a bar on Saturday night and then get on the road and drive...........Now Anonymous, take your political mask off. In other words, put up or shut up.
  • by Anonymous Location: L.A. on Jan 20, 2010 at 08:27 AM
    My facts are arrow straight. Not all of the poker machines in use are the legal variety. Yes, some are, but no, all of them are not. That is the major concern with these "internet cafes" many do have illeagal gambling equipment in use. Many of the "legal" methods are no different, just newer machines designed to be exempt in some way from the previous regulations. Throw your money into these machines and scratch off tickets and bingo if you wish, I could care less how anyone spends thier money. I'm just telling you the reasons they are being discussed.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    Get your facts straight. The poker machines are perfectly legal as well. If people want to spend there money on this form of entertainment then thats there business. It is actually cheaper than going to the movie or bowling. If they want to tax somebody they need to tax them more.
  • by Anonymous Location: L.A. on Jan 20, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Any way you look at it, it is gambling, it is only even barely legal by loophole, much like bingo parlors. The problem being directly adressed is that many of these "cafes" aren't just using "internet sweepstakes" but outlawed poker machines and such. Yes, they need to get a handle on drugs and violent crime, but when the majority of your law enforcement are recreational drug users and spouse abusers you have to start somewhere.
  • by joe stroud on Jan 20, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    Big Brother has come to Ktown. Seems the council has should concentrate on jobs.
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