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Sweepstakes Games to Survive? PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 29 July 2010 07:00

Think sweepstakes games are going away because of the new law passed by the legislature this summer?  Those watching the industry are saying that that’s not likely—and among them may be Governor Bev Perdue who signed the law banning them last week.  The Charlotte Observer is reporting that new fronts are opening in the battle to keep people playing electronic poker and slots, despite the new law to ban sweepstakes parlors in North Carolina December first.  Even before the state House and Senate finished work on a bill to ban the games, the industry was threatening a wave of lawsuits and technical changes that they said would keep them legal. And the day after Gov. Bev Perdue signed the ban into law, she gave parlor owners and operators reason to think they could fight on, saying  " we really do need to have some kind of concerted, organized, unified system of regulation where they are under a standard set of rules and regulations where we can be sure that nobody is profiteering from it," The industry has argued legalized poker could generate $500million in tax revenue for the state.

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