“It’s all over the place that you can do online gaming,” told Phillip Walker of the Internet Cafe Association of California.
According to Walker, those websites advertised in Bakersfield Craigslist offered internet café style gaming paid through Western Union.
“You can just go to those websites, obtain an ID, log on to the accounts and it opens up a format for you to do the gaming,” Walker stated.
Though it was unclear yet if the law covered online fantasy leagues and Indian gaming sites, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned the public that cyber casinos and online betting were in violation of the law.
“It’s not quite clear yet as to the laws with the internet gaming because there’s so much of a variety. Some of them are games of skill and some are games of chance,” expressed Walker.
Back in December, the California Bureau of Gambling Control issued a memorandum claiming sweepstakes games as illegal under state laws.
In order to wipe out internet café operation across the state, California Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield authored the Assembly Bill 1439.
“These Internet sweepstakes are thinly veiled gambling operations that establish themselves in an economically depressed area, accrue hundreds of thousands of dollars through online gambling and close when apprehended by law enforcement. Often, these illegal gambling cafés will then re-open in a new location, threatening to negatively impact another neighborhood in the community. Recently, there has been a growing proliferation of these gaming operations throughout the state,” AB 1439 stated.
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