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Internet cafe gambling ban still has hurdles

A House bill banning "internet cafes" made it through its first committee Tuesday, but the politics of gaming bills could ensare its chances of final passage.

Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, told the Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee that the bill would close a loophole in state law that allows the venues to run internet-based slot machines, often drawing complaints from neighbors and, he said, money from welfare recipients.

Internet cafe supporters complained a ban will cost jobs for more than 1,000 locations across Florida. But some House members, such as Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, preferred to regulate the businesses instead of banning.

"I don't think this House is going to approve 1,000 gambling locations in this state," Plakon said.

While a similar Senate bill with a ban faces a telling hearing Thursday, the ban also is entangled in the the destination casino resort debate. The Senate version of the destination casino bill allows internet cafes by setting up regulations for them to operate.


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Mary william

There are internet cafe in Tallahassee florida that allowing gambling and they charge 2.75 plus extra 2.00 fee for using their atm machine, you end up [paying then 4.75 foe fee each time you take money out, so is this legal, more like an ripoff

Sharon Travis

I lived in Tallassee fl it is true, 275 plus 2.00 more for using their atm machine and also you can play the game and still no bonus show that much at parkway intetnet cafe, spin 50 time not a bonus and the machine run fast, eat money up fast.They have certain customer they target at, tapping in the machine, they stay on the cell phone device the whole time customer is playing, the employee seem like they controlling the game.

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