Internet cafes might be flirting with illegal gambling

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A woman enters an Internet sweepstakes café in a shopping center at 12th Street and Patterson Road in Grand Junction. The Colorado attorney general warned recently that activity at businesses such as this and at least one other establishment in the Grand Valley could be illegal gambling. Law enforcement officials in Mesa County declined to comment on whether an investigation of the businesses is underway.


Grand Junction Internet sweepstakes cafes could be forced to close if local law enforcement determines they actually operate as houses of gambling.
Law enforcement officials declined to comment on whether an investigation of the businesses is underway.
“I don’t have anything on my desk waiting for charges to be filed,” Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said.
Hautzinger declined to comment about any investigation, but a closer look at the businesses by law enforcement seems likely after Colorado Attorney General John Suthers published a formal opinion earlier this month that found Internet sweepstakes cafés may be illegal gambling houses depending on the way they operate.

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