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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 3, March 2011, Posted On: 2/25/2011

NC Poker And Sweepstakes Operators Break Ties

Marcus Webb
Internet sweepstakes games, video poker, North Carolina, Entertainment Group of North Carolina, Brad Crone, Campaign Connections, Internet Based Sweepstakes Organization, amusement business

RALEIGH, NC -- The Entertainment Group of North Carolina, a state operator association that supports legalization of video poker, has reportedly severed its ties with spokesman and lobbyist Brad Crone of Campaign Connections.

EGNC's website -- ncdontgobroke.com (NC Don't Go Broke) -- has been down for about a week.

Crone remains active as the spokesman for another state operator group, the Internet Based Sweepstakes Organization, according to the Charlotte News-Observer. | SEE STORY

The paper said there is "an increasing divide" between EGNC and IBSO. It implied, but did not explicitly state, that the pro-poker operators of EGNC may favor traditional taxation systems in which businesses perform all accounting and tax payments themselves (based on non-networked equipment).

In contrast, IBSO's sweepstakes game operators may favor a state-run auditing system with automatic tax payment (based on networked equipment).

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