Category: Other Gaming

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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

30

Apr2012
The Columbus City Attorney has filed the first public nuisance lawsuits against two northside Internet cafes, claiming they are conducting illegal gambling. Since the state is currently gridlocked over how to treat these businesses, the City Attorney believes these lawsuits could establish precedent for how Columbus will deal with Internet ... Read More

23

Apr2012
The city of Columbus has extended its moratorium on new Internet cafes an additional 90 days. The existing 6-month moratorium was set to expire on April 24. City Attorney Richard Pfeiffer Jr. has also stated that his office will file nuisance abatement charges against existing businesses that he believes are ... Read More

19

Apr2012
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Timothy Horton heard arguments last week on the lawsuit filed by Ohio Roundtable, challenging the constitutionality of slots at Ohio’s horse racing tracks. Assistant Attorney General Susan Choe argued that VLTs are lotteries and therefore legal. Tom Connors, attorney for Ohio Roundtable, argued VLTs ... Read More

16

Apr2012

Internet Cafes

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Attorney General Mike DeWine reiterated his concern with the proliferation of Internet cafes throughout the state. Last month he had staffers conduct a statewide ‘count’ and discovered there were at least 280 such establishments. Last November, the lottery commission had estimated there were 200 establishments. Legislation to regulate these cafes has ... Read More

09

Mar2012

Slot Machines

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The Toledo casino has received their first shipment of 554 slot machines. The remaining 1,448 machines are expected to be delivered by March 21. The Cleveland casino has received 1,100 machines. The remaining 1,000 are expected this week.

08

Mar2012

Internet Cafes

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The city of Hubbard, located near Youngstown, became the latest to address Internet cafes. Unlike other cities, this is more of a pre-emptive strike as there are currently no such cafes in Hubbard. The proposed zoning ordinance would limit the number of cafes to five within the city limits. These ... Read More