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Betcha.com owner, Nick Jenkins, was ultimately arrested on Wednesday in Louisiana for running a supposed illegal online gambling website that allowed bets to occur between members of the site, after pleading with the governor for over a month to not allow the extradition.
Betcha.com never accepted a bet from any customer, but it did allow members to bet each other and when a Louisiana state trooper successfully made a bet on the site Nick Jenkins was issued a warrant for his arrest.
The site was run out of Seattle, Washington where online betting is a Class C felony. Washington officials shut down Jenkins’ site within weeks of it opening to the public. Jenkins was pleading with the governor of his state to not allow an extradition to Louisiana, but on Wednesday he was denied.
Jenkins, and two others who worked for Betcha.com, voluntarily flew to Louisiana and turned themselves in to the police. Josie M. Imlay and Peter M. Abrahamsen were the other two arrested along with Jenkins.
If convicted, the three men could face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $20,000 each, State Police said.
Betcha.com made 70 cents off the bet the Louisiana state trooper made that ultimately got the men arrested.
Gambling Machine Payouts In Ohio In Danger After House Vote
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Gambling expansion is heavily supported in the House of Representatives in Ohio, which is majority Republican, but the way to expand the gambling is apparently an issue with these politicians.
The House voted for a bill on Wednesday that would make it illegal for cash prizes to be handed out from gaming machines.
The Senate is the next stop for the bill, which, if approved, and signed by the Governor, Ted Strickland, would become effective immediately.
The decision to immediately inact the law, with an emergency clause, is so it would not allow for time for any formal opposition such as petitions.
Anyone looking to get around the law by giving out non cash prizes is in for a shock also, as the bill would limit the amount of non cash prizes to be $10 or less, essentially taking any worthwhile prizes out of play.
According to David Corey, executive vice president of the Ohio Coin Machine Association, the politicians were not clear about the bill, as he claims he was deceived. “Everything we were told that they were going to allow for cash prizes for tournament play wasn’t done. Basically, we were lied to.”
Speaker of the House Jon Husted has said that the exception was just an option to be considered and after considering it, the House decided that they wanted to leave no options open to wiggle around the new law.
Anybody caught in violation of the bill could face a $1,000 fine and up to six month in jail for a first time offender, and up to a year in jail for a second offense.