Law enforcement continues its crackdown on illegal gambling. Last summer the Ohio Investigative Unit raided Shelluke’s Bar and Grill in Fremont. Two gambling machines were seized. There were two such raids in Sandusky County in 2016. The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) conducted an investigation covering Fairfield, Franklin and Perry counties. Five locations were raided. Illegal ...
Barring an appeal, the final challenge to the constitutionality of Ohio’s casinos has ended. Last Fall, a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas judge ruled against Frederick Kinsey, the last of seventeen members of Ohio Roundtable who had filed a lawsuit in 2011 challenging the constitutionality of casino gambling in Ohio. The ...
The Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) wrapped up their investigation in the Springfield area. Twelve bar owners have pleaded guilty to charges of illegal gambling. As part of the plea agreement, each owner will pay a $100 fine plus court costs. Last year 55 electronic gambling machines were seized from 15 county bars. The ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...