In gambling and politics, luck can be more important than skill. For Florida’s Internet cafes and variants such as arcades that cater to senior citizens, the political luck this year has been devastatingly bad.
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned over her association with an Internet cafe “charity” that gave little of its winnings to the veterans it pretended to benefit. Politicians from both parties scrambled to return donations that appear to have influenced the Legislature’s failure year after year to rein in Internet cafes that exploit a loophole in Florida’s sweepstakes law. They operate games that look and feel like slot machines, but unlike the authorized slots at Indian casinos and the racinos in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, they don’t give a cut to the state.
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