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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 5:30 pm | Updated: 7:03 am, Fri Dec 21, 2012.

Lodi police officers have arrested 10 people after serving warrants at a Cherokee Lane business that they say housed illegal computer gambling.

The business, Web Stop, served as a computerized casino, police said. Customers could gamble at 42 computers, where patrons would wager on an electronic “slot machine-style” computer program, according to police Cpl. Dale Eubanks.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:08 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    In other words, I think it is obvious that you do not care. That is my opinion based on what you said and did not say. Icould be right or wrong, but I have no interest in explaining what I think is obvious until you clarify. If you care, why?

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:59 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    You are the one that must state if you care ornot... not me.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 7:43 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    Darrell, you are the one who stated I didn't care. Can you please point out anything I have said that suggests I don't care.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:14 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    You care? Can you please point out anything you have stated that suggests you care about the same point Mr Sanborn made above which mirrors my position. Sorry if I misunderstood.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 6:48 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    Why do you think I don't care?

  • Jose Sanborn posted at 2:51 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Jose Sanborn Posts: 37

    Hard to know what the story really is here, as we have only the police department's side of it for now. Maybe it was illegal gambling, maybe not, but the truth will come out eventually. The more important point however, as pointed out by others is, why do we allow one very small group to monopolize a particular segment of business (gambling), but make it illegal for other groups to engage in that same business? If the state wants to legalize gambling, then fine, just level the playing field and give everyone a chance to compete.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:21 pm on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    the initial search and warrant was based on illegal gambling Josh...

    the point is the there are two different standards... one in Lodi, one in Jackson. The warrant could not have been served in Jackson and it was in Lodi.

    Obviously Josh, you do not care.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 10:03 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    Let's face it guys, sounds like gambling is the least of their problems.....outstanding warrants, drug paraphernalia and theft are going to be there downfall.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:54 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Doug, thanks for the input, but may I ask, can you participate in computer gambling there like one can at the Indian Casinos? According to this article, Indian casinos can, Wine Country Casino in Lodi cannot.

    I think it is inappropriate to have powers within our Country concentrated in one monopoly. These people were arrested for something that is legal and common place just 35 minutes from Lodi. Where is the fairness in that?

  • Tasha Uhl posted at 9:10 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    TashMari Posts: 1

    I am so sick of the media publishing half stories and calling it news. These organizations SELL internet access and use of computers that DO in fact allow people online. The sweepstakes that they use to promote this do award cash prizes, but these prizes that are awarded are PREDETERMINED! It's not gambling. Unfortunately it is going to take a few people (who are already in the works) to pay the money to fight the cities. It's so nice to know that California's cities have all of this extra money to waste battling this very dangerous business. I look forward to watching them go bankrupt like Stockton did, and thank God I do not reside in this mess of a state!

  • Josh Morgan posted at 8:50 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    OMG, Doug, I absolutely agree with you. Not only does the Wine Country Casino have a "stellar reputation", but they have followed all of the rules and regulations as set forth by the City and State and there have been absolutely no problems. I never minded competing against anyone as long as we abided by the same set of rules. These guys obviously made up their own rules.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:33 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Mr. Baumbach, Lodi has a very well respected Wine Country Casino, cardroom and dining facility on Cherokee Lane also. This venue brings great tax revenue and has a stellar repuation. I play Pai Gow there once in a while and eat there often. The menu offers fine dining cuisine and the prices are affordable for the same menu items around town that cost several dollars more. It's a great place to meet people and the clientele and staff there are friendly and it's a great business to do some socializing while enjoying your favorite game of cards and not worry about someone mugging you on the way home. Their calls to LPD are rare, if any. Thank you owners and staff of Wine Country Casino for a great place with excellent food and attentive and courteous staff that offer us card players a safe venue to test our skills.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:06 am on Thu, Dec 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Article stated...Vanessa Garza, a cashier, and Jermaine Bean, a security guard, were arrested for crimes related to the gambling.
    Computer gambling is legal at Indian casinos like the one in Jackson, Eubanks said, because they are on sovereign land and not subject to the same laws as the rest of California.

    Good thing they were caught. We wouldn't want to interfere with the monopoly of Indian Gaming now would we. I feel so much safer.

    Time to drive up to Jackson were I can brake the law legally.



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