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    I was wondering if anybody here has had any experience with these places, if your not familiar with them an internet "cafe" as they are termed here in Florida at least, are basically loophole casinos that use sweepstakes and charity as a legal justification for they're business. I just recently started a side gig working armed security at a few of these and they just give me the willies in general. Just curious if anybody has had call outs to any of them or has ever worked at one?
    "Praise the Lord and pass the Ammunition."

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    I'll tell ya a little story related to these places.

    I know a couple people who actually make the programs for the machines around here. My family goes to these places all the time and are good friends with a couple owners at various locations. These places pull in sometimes $10,000+ in profit a night and that's not even exaggerating. On a weekend, double or triple that. They make 6 figure profits in a few months easily.

    So there's a family friend who's rich. He goes to these places too and knows the guys I know who programs. We put our money together (he helped me out a lot) and opened one. Spent quite a bit of money renovating the place. Well low and behold 2 days after we opened and took a lot of customers away from the one across the street, we had the zoning board come and shut us down. We're close friends with trustees, cops, etc in this town. They informed us that the owner of the one across the street is the son of the zoning boards chairman and they feel there was a bribe involved. So we think he payed his father under the table to shut us down. When questioned (we went to the board twice to appeal it) they were asking only us ''How many customers do you think you'll get?'', ''How much money do you plan on making?'' etc and didn't ask any of the other internet cafe's there (3 of them) any of those questions. Everything seemed suspicious. So in the end, we had to shut down because we were 'illegally operating'. Couldn't take it to a real court because rent was 2000 a month (big building/busy location) and by the time they would do our case we would be out even more thousands of dollars. Not to mention a family member was undergoing heart surgery and I was just full of stress and it was all too much to deal with so I took a loss. Then the landlord tried sueing us because we packed our stuff and left when we had an agreement in the contract that if the state shut us down we were exempt from the lease.

    But yea these places make good money. The loophole is that you're paying for internet and the games on the computer are a complimentary sweepstakes gift. It's all set up on a server and you can access internet with the click of a button. And you have to have a copier/printer in the building also. The machines are set up to payout 90% of what you put in. So basically what you see on the screen doesn't matter. Put your money in and click the same button over and over and you'll have the same outcome even if you don't match it. Payouts are all timed. As soon as you hit the button on that timer that's when it pays out. So the machine being full, etc are all myths. If a business gets busy one day and pays out a lot, they'll set the machines down to 70% the next two days. All in all, they share a percentage with the machine distributor out of that 10-30% that they're taking in. In the first two days we were open, we had probably only 30-40 customers total and took in around 10k each day. It's a good business to get into if you know how to start one. But also bad because sooner or later they're going to shut all these places down maybe.

    Edit: The most I heard about one of these places making in one night was over 100k. It's up in downtown Cleveland and they had lines going into the place.
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    • #3
      Wow, I didn't even know gambling was involved in those things. The only "Internet cafes" I've ever been to were simply places where you paid to use their computers, usually for video games or Internet browsing.

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      • #4
        Here you go bud...


        http://www.wftv.com/news/27637664/detail.html


        3 males tried to rob the place, 2 went inside with guns and grabbed the security guard who got away, 1 fired a shot and missed then ran out of the building to the get-away driver, the second tried to run and the armed security officer shot him in the back as he exited the door (great shot) ..subject # 3 died from said gunshot..

        if you search that news website you might be able to find the actual security footage of the robbery (it was on there for a few days), they pointed their weapons right at the security guard as they walked in; thank god the subject who did fire a shot at him had ****ty aim.
        Last edited by dontcallmeradio; 04-23-2011, 12:58 AM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by dontcallmeradio View Post
          Here you go bud...


          http://www.wftv.com/news/27637664/detail.html


          3 males tried to rob the place, 2 went inside with guns and grabbed the security guard who got away, 1 fired a shot and missed then ran out of the building to the get-away driver, the second tried to run and the armed security officer shot him in the back as he exited the door (great shot) ..subject # 3 died from said gunshot..

          if you search that news website you might be able to find the actual security footage of the robbery (it was on there for a few days), they pointed their weapons right at the security guard as they walked in; thank god the subject who did fire a shot at him had ****ty aim.
          When I got to my post Wednesday I was handed a report about that, and thats sort of what im talking about, not necessarily robbery's but the criminal element in general that these places seem to drag in (in my area at least). There are mostly retired people around here and joe $&!t bag loves to see a helpless old lady with a couple grand walkin out to her car. It also seems to me that they like to put these places in low income neighborhoods. Personally I kind of like the way the cafes work im not downing them or anything but I would like to see better security at them, some of them have none.

          @ Ohio- sorry to hear about that, that sounds like something that would happen in my small town. and thanks for the info.
          "Praise the Lord and pass the Ammunition."

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