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Internet cafe owners in Ohio create website to fight ban on their operations

Published: Sun, January 6, 2013 @ 2:03 p.m.

Internet cafe owners in Ohio create website to fight ban on their operations

Associated Press


Owners of Ohio storefront gambling-style operations known as Internet cafes want to press their case against state regulations that could amount to a ban.

The group called the Internet Cafe Coalition of Ohio has launched a website and will organize owners to lobby state lawmakers.

Last month the president of the Ohio Senate put off a vote on a House-passed bill regulating Internet cafes, saying there was too little time to consider the measure.

The House-passed bill would have shut down nearly all of the estimated 800 sites by narrowly defining what counts as a sweepstake. In the Mahoning Valley, about 70 such Internet cafes are operating.

Opponents say the Internet cafe computer games that operate like slot machines with cash prizes amount to illegal gambling.

The group’s website is at www.internetcafecoalition.com/


1kurtw(1354 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

A good name for their website would be "scumbags.com".

I can't think of a sleazier, more disreputable, and socially dis-functional operation than "Internet Cafes". Even the name is dis-honest- they're not a "Cafe" and you can go to any public Library and use the Internet- free- and not be fleeced.

They're Gambling Dens, pure and simple, designed to suck in Suckers. I hope the State of Ohio puts them out of business- permanently.

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2kurtw(1354 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Another point, I'd rather see legalized Prostitution before these places. Gambling is a far greater Blight and danger to society than prostitution. Gambling is unlimited- a gambler can, literally, lose all he has, and everything he hopes to have (and destroy his family) just like that- with the swipe of a credit card.

The sex urge, on the other hand is limited, you can only do so much and you get tired and then you're done. It doesn't work that way with the Gambling Fever.

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