Grand Junction Grapples With Internet Gaming Cafes

October 6, 2015

Authorities say new Internet gaming cafes have popping up in western Colorado, trying to skirt a new law that cracks down on illegal gambling.

The Grand Junction Sentinel reports that Mesa County shut down five Internet cafes in April, but two have since reopened.

Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper says officers are investigating the cafes. One is known as Charlie Chedda's and advertises "certified skill games." The other is unnamed and doesn't display a sign.

Colorado statute prohibits gambling games like slot machines that don't require skill.

The Colorado Attorney General's Office declined to comment on the situation.

The Colorado Secretary of State's office says Charlie Chedda's is registered to Trey Franzoy of Pueblo West. He didn't immediately return a request for comment.