Category: Other Gaming

15

Jun2012
A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge has issued a temporary restraining order that allows four of the fifty Internet cafes ordered closed last month by the county prosecutor to reopen. The judge’s ruling only effects the four cafes that filed for the TRO. In her ruling, Judge Nancy Russo stated that ... Read More

08

Jun2012
The prosecutor of Cuyahoga County says that Internet cafes are illegal gambling businesses. He has sent letters to all 50 café owners ordering them to cease business operations immediately. An indictment against ten individuals and seven businesses that provide the software system used in these cafes charges them with racketeering, money ... Read More

31

May2012
The House and Senate hammered out their differences and passed Substitute H.B. 386, which will become effective immediately upon Governor Kasich’s signature. One key sticking point was revenues from VLTs for host communities. Under the agreement reached, six of the seven host communities will get $1 million each of the first ... Read More

31

May2012
After debating Internet cafes for over a year, the city of Amherst, located west of Cleveland, has passed an ordinance that will regulate and license these businesses. Previously, two moratoriums had been placed on these cafes. The law goes into effect June 15.

21

May2012

Internet Cafes

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Substitute H.B. 386 includes a stopgap provision for a moratorium on all new internet cafes through June 30, 2013. After that bill is resolved, lawmakers are expected to turn their full attention to regulating those businesses. A bill that would regulate these cafes has been idled in a House committee ... Read More

21

May2012
The card room provision was removed from Substitute H.B. 386 right before the Ohio Senate voted to pass the bill. The chairman of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee said that charity card rooms would be dealt with in a separate bill sometime in the future. The bill later stalled ... Read More

02

May2012
A provision in the Senate version of H.B. 386 could lead to gambling in all 88 counties that would benefit charity. Under the proposed legislation, each county could designate a ‘card room’ for charitable poker, blackjack and other card games. Slot machines would not be permitted and the location could ... Read More

30

Apr2012
The Columbus City Attorney has filed the first public nuisance lawsuits against two northside Internet cafes, claiming they are conducting illegal gambling. Since the state is currently gridlocked over how to treat these businesses, the City Attorney believes these lawsuits could establish precedent for how Columbus will deal with Internet ... Read More

23

Apr2012
The city of Columbus has extended its moratorium on new Internet cafes an additional 90 days. The existing 6-month moratorium was set to expire on April 24. City Attorney Richard Pfeiffer Jr. has also stated that his office will file nuisance abatement charges against existing businesses that he believes are ... Read More

19

Apr2012
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Timothy Horton heard arguments last week on the lawsuit filed by Ohio Roundtable, challenging the constitutionality of slots at Ohio’s horse racing tracks. Assistant Attorney General Susan Choe argued that VLTs are lotteries and therefore legal. Tom Connors, attorney for Ohio Roundtable, argued VLTs ... Read More