Nayer played once a week for six months, dropping up to $10 a visit, before hitting what he thought was a $4,800 jackpot on a progressive Keno game. However, before he could collect his prize, the gaming cafe in a Santa Rosa storefront packed up all its computers and moved out.
“It would have been a hell of a lot better if they paid me all my money. I’m finding out they are a real scam,” said Nayer.
Back in December, the California Bureau of Gambling Control issued a memorandum claiming sweepstakes games as illegal under state laws.
In order to wipe out internet café operation across the state, California Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield authored the Assembly Bill 1439.
According to Salas, the cafes violate anti-gambling laws while victimizing people and causing other types of crime.
“These Internet sweepstakes are thinly veiled gambling operations that establish themselves in an economically depressed area, accrue hundreds of thousands of dollars through online gambling and close when apprehended by law enforcement. Often, these illegal gambling cafés will then re-open in a new location, threatening to negatively impact another neighborhood in the community. Recently, there has been a growing proliferation of these gaming operations throughout the state,” AB 1439 stated.