Category: Other Gaming

30

Apr2013

Fewer Internet Cafes

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Turns out there aren’t as many Internet cafes as originally thought. After the existing moratorium went into effect in 2012, over 820 affidavits were filed with the attorney general's office. Appears that some were duplicative and others were for non-existent cafes. The real total is more like around 500 Internet ... Read More

30

Apr2013
Internet café owners in Lake County have filed a lawsuit in Franklin County to stop any raids in their county similar to the ones conducted in neighboring Cuyahoga County. A Franklin County Common Pleas judge denied their request for a temporary restraining order that would have prohibited the attorney general ... Read More

24

Apr2013

Indictments

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A day after DeWine’s briefing, a Cuyahoga County grand jury issued a 146-page indictment against eight companies and eleven people connected to Internet cafes. The charges included money laundering, possession of criminal tools and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

24

Apr2013
Pending house bill HB 7, which would severely restrict the economic incentives for sweepstakes café operators, recently stalled in the Ohio Senate. The bill faced challenges as some state senators questioned whether a more hospitable treatment for sweepstakes cafes was warranted. Ending speculation about the viability of ongoing operations, Ohio ... Read More

24

Apr2013
Less than one week after announcing his intentions to take legal action against Internet cafes, Attorney General Mike DeWine sprang into action. At a briefing for law enforcement officials, DeWine announced the formation of an Internet Gaming task force within his office that will assist local law enforcement agencies in prosecuting ... Read More

15

Apr2013
Tired of waiting on state legislators, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said he will work with local law enforcement to take legal action to shut down Internet cafes statewide. This comes after the chairman for the State Government Oversight & Reform Committee indicated he hopes to pass legislation by ... Read More

04

Apr2013
The Permanent Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering plans to take a closer look at all gaming operations in Ohio, including casinos, racetrack VLTs, charitable gambling and Internet cafes to see how the sweepstakes cafes fit into the big picture of gambling in the state. They hope to make a ... Read More

28

Mar2013
Banks have joined the fight against sweepstakes cafes. At least five sweepstakes cafes in Cleveland have received notification from a major bank that their business checking accounts are being closed. Café owners believe the banks are being pressured by prosecutors and the media. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor has denied these allegations.

28

Mar2013
The 8th District Court of Appeals has affirmed a 2012 Cleveland Municipal Court conviction of three Cleveland sweepstakes cafes accused of running illegal gambling operations. View the decision. The attorney for the cafes said he will appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. The three cafes used software from VS2 ... Read More

28

Mar2013
HB 7, which would all but shut down sweepstakes cafes, could sit for months before the Ohio Senate reaches any sort of decision. It is possible that a legislative committee will be asked to take an in depth look at all forms of gaming including casino gambling, racinos and other ... Read More