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 ...
April 23, 2012ogadmin
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 ...
April 19, 2012ogadmin
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 ...
April 16, 2012ogadmin
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.
March 9, 2012ogadmin
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 ...
March 8, 2012ogadmin
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 ...
February 17, 2012ogadmin
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 ...
January 23, 2012ogadmin
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 ...
January 9, 2012ogadmin
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, ...
December 22, 2011ogadmin
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 ...
November 4, 2011ogadmin