Category: Other Gaming

03

Jun2016
The Ohio Casino Control Commission has released draft rules addressing skill-based amusement machines. Under the draft rules, machine operators, vendors, key employees, and machine locations would all require licenses to continue operating. The application and license fees add up to $20,000 for some licensees.  Under the rules as drafted, any ... Read More

01

Jun2016
Stephen Cline, owner of Spinners, a Pickaway County establishment, has been sentenced to five years on probation and fined $10,000. He also has 30 days to rid himself of any gambling equipment he may still own. Cline had pleaded guilty in February to charges of money laundering and operating an illegal casino. ... Read More

21

Apr2016

Legal News

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The “skill game parlor” industry continues to wane. In 2014, Lance’s Skill Game Challenge in New Philadelphia was raided. Cash in the amount of $2,000 and 37 slot-machine gambling devices were seized in the raid. Owner Robert Lance of Fairfield Township, in Tuscarawas County, was indicted on four counts of gambling ... Read More

16

Mar2016

Daily Fantasy Sports

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The uproar over daily fantasy sports games has made its way into statehouses across the country. Thirty states have pending bills. This week, Virginia became the first state to sign into law regulations that govern daily fantasy sports. Among the provisions of the Fantasy Contest Act: all players must be 18 or older, ... Read More

10

Mar2016

Trademark Lawsuit

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Caesars Entertainment had filed for a trademark, “The Shoe,” to be used for entertainment services such as live concerts at the Horseshoe Cincinnati casino in 2013. The Ohio State University’s response was that “The Shoe” had referred to their football stadium since at least 1988. OSU went on to argue that Caesars ... Read More

02

Mar2016

Daily Fantasy Sports

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Attorney Generals for Texas and Mississippi are the latest to rule that daily fantasy sports are a form of illegal gambling under their respective state laws. The Texas Attorney General, however, stated that the traditional season long fantasy games are legal as long as the “commissioner” doesn’t take a cut.

22

Jan2016

Raffle Machine Lawsuit

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In October of 2013, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine ordered the shutdown of electronic raffle machines at VFW posts and fraternal organizations, claiming the games were illegal gambling. Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit contending that the machines are a permissible form of charitable gaming. In December of 2013, a judge issued a temporary ... Read More

20

Jan2016

Legal Blotter

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After an investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s office, a grand jury in Hocking County has indicted Marshal Lucas (aka Dancing Elk) and Jennifer Vance on charges of illegal gambling. In March of 2014, a search warrant was executed on the Red Door Internet Café/Casino. Charges against Lucas include: Seven charges of intentionally ... Read More

29

Dec2015

FanDuel, DraftKings Update

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The ruckus over these daily fantasy sports contests started two months ago when an employee inadvertently released data before the week’s NFL games and then went on to win $350,000 on a rival website. With allegations of insider trading, the FBI opened an investigation. Lawsuits were filed across the country and ... Read More

03

Dec2015

Daily Fantasy Sports

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Another sort of “game” not covered by Ohio law is daily fantasy sports. DraftKings and Fan-Duel are in the news these days for what some call insider trading. Last month an employee of DraftKings admitted to the inadvertent early release of data before the week’s NFL games. That same employee, ... Read More