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T'ville internet cafe reopens

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Paradise Internet Cafe patron Rosemay Robinson says she goes to the cafe to play games. "I play games for 25 cent, a dollar. Whatever I have to play with."

The cafe was shut down on October 6th for suspected illegal gambling, but it reopened this week.

The Thomasville Police Department and cafe owners refused to comment Wednesday, but patrons say nothing has changed. "I like to play the jewels, and also the bugs, and I play the tops," said Robinson.

"You might win some money than you might not, but it's just something for me to do to pass on time," said Patron Artelia Gilbert.

Robinson says going on the internet is an after thought. "If you're out of money and you're not able to play the games yeah you can get on the internet. You can go to facebook, whatever you want to do on the internet."

The original raid was the result of an undercover operation conducted by the Thomasville Police Department.

Two months ago, Governor Nathan Deal said internet sweepstakes cafes that allow online gambling are violating Georgia's gaming laws. He called on state and local investigators and prosecutors to shut them down.

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