Hialeah Park announced $60M casino expansion

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HIALEAH – The management of Hialeah Park revealed it will undergo an immediate $60 million enhancement and expansion to be completed by the end of 2015.

“With the recent closing of the Poker Room at Calder Race Course, we believe this is the perfect time to increase the size and amenities of the Hialeah Park Casino Poker Room,” Hialeah President John J. Brunetti, Jr. stated.

The casino’s poker room which opened in August 2013 featuring 25 tables will be added 12 more tables for card games like Texas Hold ‘Em, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha Hi-Lo.

game after game sweeps 300x300“In addition to more poker tables, we will also expand the dining facilities and sports bar in the Poker Room area,” said Brunetti.

The expansion will also include a state-of-the-art simulcasting theater to offer pari-mutuel horse betting, 235 slots and gaming machines.

“The Brunetti family remains committed to the long term goal of revitalizing this iconic landmark and returning Hialeah Park –The “Grand Dame”– to her past glory. We believe this comprehensive expansion program will enable Hialeah Park to continue to attract visitors and patrons from South Florida and all over the world for decades to come,” told Hialeah Vice President & General Manager Randall Soth.

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West Virginia man charged for not paying video lottery machines

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CHARLESTON, W.Va.
 – a bar owner who refused to pay the bill on video lottery machines faced suit.

Based on the the Kanawha Circuit Court records, Viking Video & Music Inc. filed a suit against John “Pat” Naylor, owner of Pat’s Bar and Grill LLC on May 29.

According to Viking, it leased video lottery machines to Paylor’s two establishments in West Virginia. However, the defendant refused to pay a portion of lottery proceeds in the amount of $2,849 and cover three bad checks worth $4,603. It seek damages with a total of $7,452 plus costs.

The case was assigned to Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.

In 1994, the state of West Virginia approved video lottery commonly known as slot machines, with restraints set forth by the law.

game after game sweeps 300x300According to the law, the commission may approve video lottery terminals and in doing so shall take into account advancements in computer technology, competition from nearby states and the preservation of jobs in the West Virginia pari-mutuel racing industry.

In addition, manufacturers must file a request and receive approval from the commission prior to manufacturing for placement in this state video lottery terminals programmed for a payout greater than ninety-two percent of the amount wagered. Commission approval shall be obtained prior to applying for testing of the high payout terminals.

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Amaya Gaming shares skyrocket after PokerStars $4.9 billion deal

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The shares of Amaya Gaming Group Inc., an international gaming provider based in Montreal, Canada, skyrocketed to 42.3%  in the Toronto Stock Exchange as it announced a deal to buy the operators of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

PokerStars, the world biggest online poker company owned by the Rational Group Ltd. agreed to sell itself along with Full Tilt Poker for $4.9 billion to Amaya Gaming.

According to Amaya, though Amaya was only present in the states of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, the decision to acquire Oldford Group Ltd., parent of Rational Group Ltd. for $4.9 billion will make Amaya Gaming the world’s biggest online gambling company.

“This is a transformative acquisition for Amaya, strengthening our core B2B operations with a consumer online powerhouse that creates a scalable global platform for growth,” Amaya CEO David Baazov, 33, stated.

game after game sweeps 300x300Furthermore, it was said that the deal aims to open doors for PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker which had more than 85 million registered players online into regulated markets in the U.S. where Amaya was already in.

“The Scheinbergs were getting no place fast in the U.S. market, because no one in the really lucrative markets wants to make agreements with so-called ‘bad actors’ who continued U.S. operations after the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act was passed in 2006. Isai Scheinberg is still under indictment in the U.S. in the 2011 case and has not been back to the country,” told Editor Frank Legato of the Global Gaming Business magazine.

On the other hand, Director Joe Brennan of the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association said it was a fire sale. He argued that if PokerStars objective was to buy legitimacy in the eyes of regulators, it could have found a better buyer than Amaya Gaming.

“There is so much political animosity by the U.S. companies against PokerStars. They are not exactly entering the community of nations here. They will continue to be a foreign company after this transaction—they weren’t bought by a U.S. casino company,” told Brennan.

The deal was expected to close on September 30 after Amaya Gaming shareholders approve the deal.

 

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Bennett Internet owner plead guilty for misdemeanor

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RALEIGH – the former owner of Bennett’s Internet in Roanoke County probed for illegal gambling pleaded guilty for misdemeanor paperwork violation.

On Wednesday, Ronnie Bennett, 69, resident of Winston-Salem, pleaded guilty in front of the Roanoke Federal Court for violating paperwork in federal tax collection. He was fined with $2,000.

In 2010, law enforcement busted Bennett’s Internet, a famous 24 hours cybercafé along Brambleton Avenue filled with gaming machines where patrons win cash prizes. They seized several gaming equipment, computers, books and cash.

However, Bennett defended that he was only running a free sweepstakes with a chance to win cash prizes. He argued that he did not require payment from patrons. In fact, he said, patrons have free access to sweepstakes even those who do not purchase internet time as long as they request to play for free.

Bennett won the case and in 2012, he was able to recover all seized computer. The cash, however, remained under the authorities’ safe.

Three years later, Bennett was indicted for not filing 1099 forms to the Internal Revenue Service. Again, he pleaded not guilty. However, the prosecutors filed another lawsuit, the misdemeanor version which was a reduced crime.

On Wednesday, Bennett, plead guilty. Authorities will deduct his fine from the cash seized from Bennett’s Internet in 2010.

“I’m just glad it’s over. It was a big hassle for me,” told Bennett.

 

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SBI probes campaign donations from video sweepstakes industry

RALEIGH, N.C. – the State Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation for campaign donations provided by the video sweepstakes industry to legislators.

According to North Carolina Department of Justice spokeswoman Noelle Talley, the criminal investigation kicked off in 2013 after federal and state prosecutors in Raleigh requested to probe campaign donations from the sweepstakes industry.

Though Talley declined to drop names, it was reported last year that campaign donations from Chase E. Burns, an Oklahoma based gaming software provider, might have violated state laws by providing corporate money to fund the political campaigns of Republicans Gov. Pat McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger.

The three politicians who ranked the highest during the election, however, denied any wrongdoing from accepting donations from Burns.

In 2013, Oklahoma’s high ranking officials reported that the $235,000 campaign donations from Burns checking account included proceeds laundered from a gambling software enterprise called International Internet Technologies.

In addition, it was revealed that Burns sent a total of $55,000 to groups affiliated with the North Carolina Republican Party.

Based on records, most donations were delivered through mail and hand delivery by the Moore & Van Allen law firm where McCrory used to work before he was elected into office on January 2013. However, McCrory told he never met Burns.

Josh Ellis, McCrory spokesman told that the governor had no knowledge of the probe.

Likewise, Tillis spokeswoman Anna Roberts stated that the Speaker “has not been interviewed or subpoenaed and, to our knowledge, no staff member has been interviewed or subpoenaed.”

Berger also had no knowledge of the investigation.

Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers requested to transfer the supervision of the case from Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper to McCrory’s office.

“This is an example of the type of public corruption investigation we’re concerned could be thwarted or repressed by not giving prosecutors access to an independent investigative team like they currently have with the SBI,” expressed Talley.

 

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Delray Beach market busted; owner charged with illegal gambling

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – a market owner at the city was charged after police found several video gambling devices at the market.

Pierre Clervil, 33, owner of Polo’s Market Friday was caught red-handed with $2,078 cash, receipts and records of gambling operation inside his pants pocket.

Based on the police report, Clervil was fully aware of the operation. However, he told police that an “anonymous Dominican man” pay him $1,000 monthly to keep the operation going in his market.

Delray police seized seven video gaming machines along with $4,393 cash and a fully functional Bolita style betting room furnished with booths, printers and computers after they served Polo market a search warrant.

Clervil was charged with running a gambling house with illegal lottery and possession of slot machines. He was released after paying $9,000 bond.

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Man robs sweepstakes shop at gunpoint; charged

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The suspect, Bryan Kevin Peterkin, 21, of 6212 River Bluff Court was held with $150,000 bail after he robbed Good Luck Sweepstakes along Capital Boulevard on May 13.

Sweepstakes café are being targeted for robbery and other criminal activities in North Carolina. Back in April, a couple of men not only robbed another sweepstakes café in Raleigh, they also fired shots inside the shop and shoot on a patron who ran outside to escape.

According to police, Peterkin’s case is still under investigation.

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Mathis Looks Forward To Appeal After Sentencing

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SANFORD, Florida – The long drawn battle in Jacksonville, finally hit bottom as Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. sentenced one of Jacksonville’s lawyers, Kelly Mathis six years jail time for orchestrating the Allied Veterans’ gambling ring in a controversial trial that many claim was unjust.Kmathis
Mathis aged 50, who served as the former head of the Jacksonville bar and president of the Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel remains free while under appeal. The Jacksonville lawyer who insisted his innocence during the trial filed an appeal right after the verdict was read.
Originally, Mathis along with 57 other people connected to the Allied Veterans of the World was charged and was found guilty of 103 out of 104 counts which included on 51 misdemeanor counts of illegal slot machines, 51 counts of third degree felony illegal lottery, and first degree felony racketeering.
Lester sentenced Mathis to five years for the 50 counts of lottery operation, time served for 50 counts of possession of illegal gambling machines like slots and six years on one count of racketeering.sweeps bucket
According to the prosecution, Mathis was the brain behind the chain of internet cafes worth around $290 million of gambling operation camouflaged as the veteran’s charity. Furthermore, Mathis allegedly earned around $6 million from the veteran’s charity scam which he invested on 112 businesses.
“What this case boils down to is everyone here took a gamble: There’s a lot of money here. It’s worth the risk,” Lester declared.
In March 2013, Mathis along with Jerry Bass, chief of the Allied Veterans of the World and a score of other people was arrested in Duval County as a result of a six –year cross county investigation. Among them were former Jacksonville police union president Nelson Cuba with vice president Robbie Freitas. The rest of the defendants await their trial.
Moreover, the veteran’s charity scandal also cued the resignation of Florida’s Governor Jennifer Carroll after she was questioned by law enforcements on her involvement with the Allied Veterans of the World.
“I’m relieved a little bit because I think I’ll prevail on appeal. But I’m still scared, still concerned about this whole thing. I don’t know what I’m going to have to do with my life now,” Mathis expressed while he hold his wife Donna Mathis outside the courtroom.
Mathis wife was the most emotional of all saying that her husband stands for honor, integrity, nobility, just to name a few.
“He did not, he would not, break the law,” declared Mrs. Mathis.
Mathis legal adviser Mitch Stone believed they have strong grounds for an appeal.
“The state here said all along we are going to prove this is gambling that this is about gambling. If that’s the case, then why

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did they not go after 1,450 other Internet cafes that were doing the exact same thing” Stone asked.

On the other hand, prosecutor Nick Cox said he cannot believe Mathis still professing innocence after the trial. He mentioned that he don’t like prosecuting lawyers because it gives all of them a black eye.
“However, in the end, this case really was about deception and misleading people into what they were really doing,” said Cox

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