Sacramento police raid Internet 'Sweepstakes' Cafe, arrest employee

11:49 PM, Apr 4, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - For the second time in two months, police raided an Internet "sweepstakes" cafe in south Sacramento.

Sacramento police served a search warrant Wednesday at I-Zone Internet Cafe on Mack Road, seized dozens of computers and arrested an employee for, what they suspect is, illegal gambling.

According to police, customers buy phone cards in exchange for time on the Internet. Most customers use the time to play Internet games like Blackjack or Keno, and many walk away with cash winnings.

"There are 40 computers equipped with card readers that allows them to swipe a phone-type card loaded with money and gamble," Sgt Pat Keller said. "Essentially they are running electronic slot machines based off a PC."

"I have won $100," customer Denise James said. "The most I have won is $200."

Police raided another business last month on Florin Road. "Copy Planet," which reportedly brought in $1,500 a day.

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Sacramento police received calls from law enforcement in San Francisco and Los Angeles about how they've gone about cracking down on these illegal Internet gambling cafes.

As more of the cafes pop up, police said they're ready to take them down.

By Suzanne Phan,

Twitter: @suzannephan


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