Governor John Kasich has signed Executive Order 2013-10K which issues emergency rules for the operation of a sweepstakes café in Ohio. HB 7 does not outright ban Internet cafes, but it does make it difficult to conduct business in the state. These rules, required by HB 7, establish sweepstakes registration ...
October 22, 2013ogadmin
Meanwhile, despite HB 7 going into effect, the city of Canton has extended its moratorium on Internet cafes an additional six months, the third such extension since the moratorium took effect in 2012. According to a city councilman, the purpose of the extension was to protect the city in the ...
October 14, 2013ogadmin
The referendum to get the issue of Internet cafes before voters on the 2014 ballot has failed. Supporters, even with an additional 10 days, failed to get the required number of valid signatures. This means that HB 7 is now in effect. One of the provisions of the bill limits ...
VS2 Worldwide Communications, a New Jersey company that provided software to Internet cafes in Ohio, has pled guilty to several lesser charges as part of a plea agreement. Owners of the company were fined $1,000 apiece and each pled guilty to possession of criminal tools. The company was fined $10,000 ...
DeWine has also found electronic poker machines to be a form of illegal gambling. Buckeye Charity Poker, which is a business and not a charity, had been conducting electronic poker games in Willoughby Hills for over a year. In electronic poker, players sit around a table with flat-screen monitors. Players would ...
The owners of VS2 have entered a plea in Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and said they will no longer do business in Ohio effective October 11. VS2, a New Jersey company, was supplying software to Internet cafes. The owners had been charged with racketeering, possession of criminal tools, ...
September 30, 2013ogadmin
Could electronic raffle machines become the next illegal gambling battleground? While Ohio lawmakers were debating the legality of Internet cafes, over 500 of these electronic raffle machines were being installed at VFW posts and fraternal lodges throughout the state. Supporters say the machines are for charitable purposes. But they look ...
August 13, 2013ogadmin
Rock Ohio Caesars has completed the purchase of the Higbee Building, current location of the Horseshoe Cleveland casino, from Forest City Enterprises. Rock Ohio Caesars also announced construction on an elevated pedestrian walkway that will connect the casino to the parking garage will begin this month. The walkway is expected to ...
August 6, 2013ogadmin
You can now tip casino employees at the Hollywood Columbus, Horseshoe Cincinnati and Horseshoe Cleveland casinos. Only chips with a defined value can be used for tips. Originally this practice was not permitted in Ohio. The Casino Commission decided on the rule change because chip tipping is a common practice ...
August 6, 2013ogadmin
If an amendment to the state’s proposed budget bill is passed and becomes law, Ohio’s casinos, VLTs and even Internet cafes will be required to send camera images of every customer to the state.
June 11, 2013ogadmin