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.
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
While the OCCC was addressing casino opening dates, the Ohio House was voting on legislation dealing with a host of issues related to casinos, horse racing tracks, charitable gaming and gambling addiction.
By a 69-24 vote, HB 386, all 213 pages, was passed by the House and sent to the Senate ... Read More
Cincinnati is the latest city to propose a moratorium on Internet sweepstakes cafes. As with most other moratoriums that have been passed, no new Internet café would be allowed to open within the city for at least 180 days.
Meanwhile, the city of New Carlisle, located near Springfield, would like to ... Read More
MTR Gaming became the first company to submit a formal application for VLTs at Scioto Downs in Columbus. The Ohio Lottery Commission has been accepting applications since November, but track owners have shied away because of the pending lawsuit filed by the Ohio Roundtable, challenging the constitutionality of VLTs at ... Read More
The Ohio Lottery Commission will govern video slots at the horse racing tracks while the Ohio Casino Control Commission will govern the casinos. Earlier this week, the Ohio Lottery Commission approved preliminary rules that would allow Ohio’s seven horse racing tracks to operate video slots 24/7. This is an option, ... Read More
The Ohio Roundtable, an advocacy group opposed to casino gaming, has sued Governor John Kasich, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the Lottery Commission and the Ohio Department of Taxation. The Ohio Roundtable alleges that offering video lottery terminals (VLTs) at Ohio’s horse racing tracks violates the Ohio Constitution and that ... Read More
Columbus City Council has approved a six-month moratorium on new Internet sweepstakes cafes. Under the moratorium, no permits, which are required to operate such a business, will be issued. Columbus has joined a number of cities that have enacted these moratoriums, hoping that the state will soon issue some guidance ... Read More
Columbus City Council members Zach Klein and Michelle Mills have expressed a desire to place a six month moratorium on new Internet cafes with the hope that during this time the state will issue guidelines on regulating these industries. A vote could come as early as the Council’s October 24th ... Read More
The city of Cheviot has opened the possibility for the first Internet café in Hamilton County with the passage of a local ordinance regulating such businesses. This is unusual on two counts. First of all, up until now, Internet cafes have been primarily confined to northern Ohio. Hamilton County is ... Read More