Hayward Moves To Stop "Sweepstakes Cafes"

Internet cafes that allow "sweepstakes" gambling are an issue.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013  |  Updated 5:51 PM PDT
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The Hayward City Council isn't a fan of the sweepstakes.

Internet "sweepstakes" cafes are where patrons buy time on computers in order to participate in gaming Web sites, according to the Contra Costa Times. They can win money on "sweepstakes" or with "Las Vegas-style gambling," according to the newspaper.
 
One of the city's three such gaming houses has shut down, after it was revealed its permit did not mention or allow gaming.

Ron Doyle, owner of Net Connection on B Street, says sweepstakes are legal in California and he's not breaking any rules.

The council approved a 45-day moratorium on the opening of new such cafes while rules can be hashed out, the newspaper reported.
 

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