Gambling Establishments Disguised as Internet Cafes Shut Down

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SOLANO COUNTY -- The Attorney General's Office shut down a pair of internet cafes on Tuesday after determining they were operating as illegal gambling establishments.

LM Connexions in Vallejo and Talk N Win in Fairfield were both closed by the Department of Justice's California Bureau of Gaming Control until further notice. A total of 39 computers that allowed customers to get access to sweepstakes gambling software that offered games with gambling themes were seized.

"You just go in there and put money on your card and play," said Chris Mallory a customer at the Talk N Win. "There's like slot machines or keno or whatever."

Patrons are allowed to purchase phone minutes that equate to credits used to play a host of casino-type games. Each providing an opportunity to win big.

"I've won as much as $400 before," noted Mallory.

Internet cafes can pay out between $1 and $4,000. But with large amounts of cash on site, the businesses are often magnets for other crimes committed in the area that range from drugs to prostitution to fights and theft.

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