Category: Other Gaming

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Aug2011

Internet Cafes

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The city of Cheviot has opened the possibility for the first Internet café in Hamilton County with the passage of a local ordinance regulating such businesses. This is unusual on two counts. First of all, up until now, Internet cafes have been primarily confined to northern Ohio. Hamilton County is ... Read More

14

Jun2011
Medina has extended a temporary moratorium on internet sweepstakes cafes an additional six months. Set to expire in May, this means new establishments will now be prohibited until November. The basis for the extension was to wait until Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine submits his proposal for statewide regulation of ... Read More

18

Apr2011

Sweepstakes Cafes

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The village of Sheffield became the latest local entity to approve legislation that would allow sweepstakes cafes in their community. These businesses may begin operating on April 25, the day a six-month moratorium expires. Among the provisions: A $5,000 annual licensing fee; A $50 per machine monthly licensing fee; No one under the age ... Read More

14

Apr2011

Internet Cafes

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The city of Wadsworth, by a 4-2 vote, approved legislation to regulate sweepstakes cafes. A six-month moratorium that had been in place was to expire April 22. Among the new rules: An annual licensing fee of $2,000. This will fund the required background checks on business owners and employees; Existing, as well as ... Read More

28

Mar2011
Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with state representatives Nan Baker of Westlake and Marlene Anielski of Walton Hills, have proposed legislation that would regulate Ohio’s Internet cafes, including skill game parlors and sweepstakes cafes. The proposal calls for the games to be under the control of the newly formed Ohio Casino ... Read More

07

Mar2011
Trotwood became the latest city to adopt a six-month moratorium on sweepstakes cafes and skill gaming centers. Currently, the city sees both as games of skill, not gambling. The law director believes these cafes are legal and expects the Franklin County ruling against such cafes to be appealed. Meanwhile, Summit County ... Read More

17

Feb2011
Lacking any state guidance, local governments continue their efforts to stall or prevent the operation of these cafes. What started out as a northeast Ohio phenomenon has now spread across the state. In Franklin County, Judge Harland Hale has ruled that ‘sweepstakes machines’ violate Ohio’s gambling law. This has paved the ... Read More

05

Feb2011

Prize Cap

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The 10th District Court of Appeals has ruled that the $10 prize cap for games of skill is constitutional. On remand from an October decision by the Ohio Supreme Court, the 10th District addressed the question of vagueness. By a 3-0 count, the Court ruled that the prize cap was ... Read More

05

Feb2011

Internet Cafes

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The city of Lorain recently approved operating rules for its Internet cafes. One of the provisions prohibited serving alcohol. City Council is now considering the removal of that restriction so that veterans groups and ethnic clubs could use sweepstakes machines to help raise money. The Lorain Law Department has stated ... Read More

14

Jan2011

Sweepstakes Cafes

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In May 2010, the Summit County Council passed an ordinance intended to regulate skill game arcades, Internet cafes and sweepstakes parlors in the county’s nine townships. The constitutionality of the legislation was challenged in court. A Common Pleas judge has ruled that the ordinance is constitutional and can be enforced, with ... Read More