Category: Casino

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Jan2012
Because required background checks on gaming operators and vendors are behind schedule, the openings of casinos in Cleveland and Toledo will be delayed at least eight weeks. The Cleveland casino was scheduled to open March 26 and the Toledo casino April 2. But these were dates set by the casinos ... Read More

12

Dec2011
The Cleveland casino was expected to open March 2012 and the Toledo casino was expected to open April 2012. Those dates may have to be pushed back. The problem is the required background checks. With the Cleveland casino, the process was delayed when Rock Ohio Caesars contended that employees of casino vendors ... Read More

02

Nov2011

Casino Police

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The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has been selected by the Ohio Casino Control Commission to police casinos in Cleveland and Toledo, which are set to open next year. A decision for the casinos in Columbus and Cincinnati will come later. Cost for the first year will be $5.1 million.

01

Nov2011

Cincinnati Casino

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Casino developers have awarded over $82 million in construction contracts. Thirty-five percent of those contracts have been awarded to minority- or women-owned companies.

30

Sep2011

Casino Police

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The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the State Highway Patrol have both bid to be the security for the casinos. BCI bid was $5.1 million and the State Highway Patrol $4.6 million. Whoever gets the bid will deal with all crimes committed within the casinos.

29

Sep2011

Casino Control Commission

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The Ohio Casino Control Commission has appointed their first executive director. Matt Schuler, chief of staff for Senate President Tom Niehaus, was appointed to the position last week. Schuler did not apply for the position. The Commission was unable to attract experienced casino regulators from other states so they redirected ... Read More

24

Aug2011

Casino Annexation

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As expected, Franklin County commissioners approved the annexation of Penn National’s casino site to the city of Columbus. All that remains for the annexation to become official is a final vote by Columbus City Council. By law, that can’t occur for at least 60 days. A vote is expected in ... Read More

04

Aug2011
As expected, Penn National Gaming applied for annexation of its Columbus casino to the city. In its last meeting before a 30 day summer recess, City Council certified that the city is capable of providing water and sewer service to the casino site.  The Franklin County commissioners will next vote ... Read More

21

Jul2011
Just yesterday the settlement agreement entered into by Penn National and the city of Columbus back in May appeared to be off. Federal Judge Gregory Frost had imposed a July 19 deadline to agree to the terms of the settlement. There were two roadblocks. The original casino site in the ... Read More

21

Jun2011
Governor Kasich and Penn National agreed to a deal similar to that with Rock Ohio. Penn National will also pay the state an additional $110 million. In return, the state will assess the commercial activity tax on total wagers minus payouts. This agreement also opens the door for Penn National ... Read More