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Internet Sweepstakes Cafes

FIRST ON 3: Court of Appeals rules NC can't ban internet sweepstakes games

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A divided state appeals court has struck down North Carolina's ban on video sweepstakes machines, saying it is overbroad and infringes on free speech. Full story...
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Internet cafe in Calabash robbed

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At approximately 5:15 am on March 15th, two subjects entered Calabash Internet Cafe, located at 1224 River View Drive, concealing their identity through masks. The employees were forced to hand over an undetermined amount of US currency before fleeing the business. Full story...
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NC Democratic chair wants speaker to check member

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The state Democratic Party wants North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis to investigate a fellow Republican for potential ethics violations for presiding at a caucus meeting where legalizing video poker was discussed. Full story...
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NC GOP lawmaker questioned on gambling machines

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The North Carolina lawmaker who led a closed-door meeting on the gambling industry makes some money of his own from gambling machines. Full story...
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Sweepstakes ban starts Wednesday

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One sweepstakes joint told us they'll close down tomorrow, But they plan to reopen with new games they claim to be legal. Full story...
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What's next for sweepstakes?

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video Earlier this week the state legislature decided to ban internet sweepstakes cafés across the state. All it needs is the governor's signature. So what's next for the businesses once the governor's pen hits the paper? Full story...
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House passes bill to ban sweepstakes cafes

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The North Carolina Legislature has made clear its 2006 video poker ban also applies to computer-based sweepstakes games that have popped up inside old store fronts and strip malls statewide. Full story...
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Sweepstakes workers say possible ban, regulations bad idea

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video Sweepstakes cafés are not exactly hitting the jackpot lately. Wilmington City Council is considering tougher regulations on them, and the state may decide to ban them all together. Full story...
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Sweepstakes café owners speak out against proposed ban

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North Carolina Senators want to say good-bye to internet sweepstakes cafés. Last night the Senate voted 47-1 to ban the gambling parlors many senators say have skirted the 2006 ban on video poker. Full story...
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Wilmington mulls new code enforcement officer for gaming parlors

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Talk of creating a new city job has sparked debate among Wilmington City Council members. The new code enforcement officer would help keep an eye on internet sweepstakes cafés. Full story...
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