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New gambling guidelines under consideration in North Carolina

Proposed legislation being mulled over by lawmakers in southern American state could see the legalisation of video sweepstakes and live dealer poker.

Monday 28th November 2011



A new Cherokee Gaming Compact currently under consideration by the Governor and General Assembly for the southern American state of North Carolina could see legal gaming expanded and the legalisation of regulated video sweepstakes. The legislation currently being weighed up by Democrat Beverly Perdue and the 170-member and Republican-controlled General Assembly would authorise games of dice, roulette and live poker while also establishing clear-cut regulatory guidelines for operators of video sweepstakes. “We are pleased to see the Cherokee nation will contribute a percentage of their new ‘live-dealer’ games to the state of North Carolina,” said Chase Brooks, President for the Internet Based Sweepstakes Organization of North Carolina state-wide advocacy group. “That will be a windfall for the state’s treasury. A new compact will also create new jobs and economic opportunity for western North Carolina. It will also put the legislature and the Governor on record supporting new gaming rights and regulations. “As the Governor and legislature looks at new gaming rights for the Cherokee, we want them to take a second look at the video sweepstakes industry. The Internet Based Sweepstakes Organization of North Carolina continues to support legislation that would regulate the industry and provide a new stream of reliable tax revenue to the state of North Carolina. “The Internet Based Sweepstakes Organization of North Carolina supports new gaming rights for the Cherokee but we also support a regulated video sweepstakes industry that protects consumers and provides operators a clear-cut regulatory guideline. It's great the Cherokee will be getting dice games, roulette and live poker dealers but what about the people who can't afford the $1,000 it takes to drive to the mountains, stay in a hotel and go to the casino? What about the consumer who wants to play $20 and have a good time right at home?” Brooks stated that over 90 percent of the video sweepstakes industry in North Carolina is currently compliant with a state law passed last year while a pending State Court of Appeals ruling challenging the regulations will be ‘virtually irrelevant’ as the industry changed software systems to comply with the new elements of the 2010 edict. “We have taken the steps to meet the letter and the spirit of the new law,” said Brooks. “We have adapted our software systems and we will be prepared to meet that legal challenge if it comes in the future. “Our message is simple, we will find a way to survive. There is a valid market for this type of gaming and entertainment. We will adapt to the law and we will continue to operate. We think it is time for the leaders of the state to work with the video entertainment industry to find ways to regulate it and do like they are doing in Cherokee, tax it to generate new revenues with it.”




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