MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawmaker is seeking to shut illegal gambling parlors.
Sen. Danté Bartolomeo, D-Meriden, has scheduled a news conference Friday outside Meriden police headquarters to announce plans to close illegal gambling parlors in Bloomfield, East Windsor, Enfield and other communities.
Mary Drexler, executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, says the gambling parlors are becoming a problem in the state. She says they're promoted as Internet cafes, providing online access.
But she says the parlors target senior citizens to gamble online. Drexler says the parlors typically offer so-called "phone card sweepstakes" with players paying for a swipe card to play video slots and redeem points for cash.
Drexler says most players' money runs out. She says the parlors are illegal forms of gambling with no protections for players.