Category: Other Gaming

10

Sep2015

VLT Lawsuit

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The Ohio Supreme Court has heard oral arguments on whether a party has standing to file a lawsuit arguing against the constitutionality of VLTs at Ohio’s horse racing tracks. A Franklin County court originally dismissed the lawsuit, saying the plaintiffs didn’t have the right to file. The decision was upheld by the ... Read More

02

Sep2015
A Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel has upheld the federal ban on sports betting in all but four states. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was enacted in 1992. Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware were grandfathered in as exceptions to the ban. Another exception was granted to ... Read More

21

May2015
Richmond Heights, a city near Euclid, in Cuyahoga County, has changed its zoning code so that Skillz Zone, a skilled-game parlor, which operates much like an Internet café, can open its doors for business. City Council felt that Skillz Zone was small enough and out of the way enough not to ... Read More

23

Apr2015

Legal Blotter

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A Dayton business owner has pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to operate an illegal gambling business, operation of an illegal gambling business, conspiracy to defraud the United States and witness tampering. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Reece Powers II recruited local nonprofit charitable organizations to sponsor poker ... Read More

18

Mar2015
A 159-count indictment against eight individuals and two businesses has been unsealed in Cuyahoga County. Charges included racketeering for distributing illegal video slot machines to bars across the state, primarily in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Ashland, Lake and Wayne counties. According to the office of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, those indicted profited ... Read More

01

May2013
Last month, it appeared HB 7 might not see action until 2014. Now Ohio Senate President Keith Faber is saying action will be taken by the end of May. Originally the Senate was believed to have been favoring regulation over an outright ban of sweepstakes cafes. That apparently changed after a ... Read More

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