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A recent U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in San Francisco claims that a new law that went into effect January 1st in the state bans electronic bingo machines from being used by charitable organizations.
Now, the state’s attorney General’s Office has warned the charitable bingo halls that they had better adhere to the law. In essence, the charities were told they had better not get caught using the now-illegal machines.
The charity bingo halls have become a source of debate over the past year. Last year, the United Auburn Tribe threatened to withhold millions of dollars of revenue sharing money if these charity bingo halls did not cease operations with the electronic machines.
The tribe operates the Thunder Valley Casino in Placier County, and they were not enthused with the idea of competition from the charity bingo halls. The battle has been going through the court system for quite a while.
The United Cerebral Palsy was using the machines to raise money for different programs, and they received clearance to continue to operate the machines under a court injunction. That, however, was overturned by the Court of Appeals back in late March.
Two Arrested After Illegal Gambling Machine Raid In Virginia
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The onslaught of police raids around the country for illegal gambling machines continued on Friday night and Saturday morning in Hampton, Virginia. Authorities arrested two people in conjunction with the raids.
Yvonne Worth, 45, and Randy Allen, 52, both of Hampton, were arrested. Allen was charged with one count of conducting an illegal gambling operation, and Worth was charged with one count accessory to gambling.
“Police around the country are making it clear that the only casino gambling they want going on is in casinos,” said observer Mark Skenjile, “with states legalizing casinos at a record pace, the state governments want to make sure all of the profits from gambling go to the legal casinos.”
Police in Hampton had been investigating Movie Play on North King Street, Internet Time, and Hamptons Roads Billiard since early in March. The investigation began after authorities received complaints from citizens.
The video gambling machines that were seized are similar to many that have been involved in other raids around the country. They are similar to slot machines, and gamblers can be paid out in most cases by collecting a ticket and then bringing the ticket to the bartender.
Police have also talked to some of the customers at the locations that were raided and they anticipate that more arrests are coming. Patrons who were playing the illegal machines could be charged in the case under state law.