Category: Other Gaming

04

Dec2012

Internet Cafes

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This continues to be a hot topic around the state. Another bill was introduced in an attempt to ban or regulate sweepstakes cafes. Among the provisions of House Bill 605: Internet-based sweepstakes games would be prohibited, but sweepstakes parlors could still operate, using in-house software; The Ohio Lottery Commission would regulate sweepstakes ... Read More

13

Jul2012
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy Russo has reversed herself and allowed all Internet cafes in the county to reopen, including those using the VS2 software. Originally Judge Russo had said those businesses using the VS2 software, which are at the center of a criminal lawsuit charging racketeering, money laundering ... Read More

06

Jul2012
The 51 sweepstakes cafes ordered closed back in May by the Cuyahoga County prosecutor will be permitted to reopen. A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge had issued a temporary restraining order on June 13 that allowed only the four cafes that had requested the TRO to reopen. Since then, others ... Read More

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