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Miceli, Legislature Pass Bill To Ban Gambling At Cyber Cafe

Bill sent to Gov. Patrick.

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the office of

State Rep. James Miceli (D-Wilmington) joined his colleagues in the Legislature in sending a final bill to the governor that will ban illegal gambling activities at “cyber cafés” throughout Massachusetts.

“Cyber Cafés of this type have caused problems in the past and this is one way to protect the public,” said Representative Miceli.

“Cyber Cafés” sell internet time in which patrons can play online slots and other games on the premises. Patrons can then win “points” in the video games which can then be redeemed for cash at the “cyber café”. Past investigations by Attorney General Martha Coakley, have revealed that “cyber cafés” can offer illegal online gambling through the sale of internet access. Although the Attorney General is curbing this behavior through regulation, this legislation is intended to further protect interests of consumers across the Commonwealth with respect to the “cyber cafés“.

This bill establishes a new crime of “conducting or promoting a sweepstakes that is executed through the use of the entertaining display of an electronic machine.” Failure to comply would result in a penalty of up to $250,000 per offending machine and/or imprisonment of up to 15 years in the state prison. However, the state lottery, pari-mutuel wagering on horse races, bingo and charitable gaming, are exempt.

Bob August 08, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I hope Mr. Tierney looked this bill over! I hear he is an expert at recognizing and dimming out illegal gambling!
Douglas W. Sears August 09, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't "illegal gambling" "ILLEGAL" before this bill got enacted, and continues to be "illegal' after the bill is enacted? Doesn't this bill merely declare one more place where "illegal gambling" is "illegal" in? The Mass. Lottery hates competition. "Ilegal gambling" is to the Lottery like Tim Cahill was to Charlie Baker -- something vaguely popular which syphoned off support for "the real McCoy." Now that Patrick has gotten all his use out of Cahill as the "straw" he always was, Martha's had him indicted and the Governor is signing a bill making illegal gambling illegal in more places. Cahill gambled and lost. Another great use of Beacon Hill's time and resources. It's time for a change!

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