Some local governments are issuing moratoriums on on so-called "sweepstakes centers." The centers call themselves "internet cafes" and offer prizes for games. Law enforcement officials call them "stealth casinos." The coastal City of St. Marys passed a local ordinance limiting them.
Governor Nathan Deal announced a statewide crackdown on Internet gambling Thursday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation estimated there are 50 to 100 gambling businesses in the state disguised as Internet cafes. Deal has directed the GBI and district attorneys to go after the cafes.