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Georgia launches crackdown on online gambling

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By GREG BLUESTEIN
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ordered state authorities to crack down on illegal gambling dens masquerading as Internet cafés.

Deal said Thursday that there are already between 50 to 100 active online gambling operations in Georgia and that investigators believe firms are planning a "massive expansion" with hundreds of new outlets. He said the firms are "spreading the impression that the thwarting of the laws would be winked at."

The governor ordered the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies to strictly enforce Georgia's gambling ban, which he said extends to online gaming and Internet sweepstakes parlors.

GBI Director Vernon Keenan estimated hundreds of thousands of dollars are already being spent in these cafés each year. Keenan called it a "new twist in commercial gambling."

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