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Tax Revenue From Casinos Falls Short Of Predictions

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Five racinos have opened since casino gambling was introduced in Ohio in 2012, and two more are slated to open in the coming months.
8:56AM
July 11, 2014

The state’s four casinos generated $273.4 million in tax revenue in the fiscal year that ended in June. That was more than $36 million less than the state had predicted.

Gamblers Like Ohio Racinos

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Video lottery terminals at Scioto Downs.
7:59AM
June
26, 2014

Ohio’s racinos are on track to make more money than the state’s four casinos.

Bus Driver Alleges Gambling On School Property

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A CCS bus driver accuses some co-workers of intimidation and running a gambling operation.
4:28PM
June 12, 2014

Columbus City Schools is looking into allegations that some transportation department workers were involved in gambling on district property.The investigation comes after a worker called the district’s tip line.

One Year In, Have Casinos Increased Problem Gambling?

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The number of people calling the state’s problem gambling helpline went from 348 in February, 2013 to a high of 1,522 by July, 2013.
9:01AM
March 4, 2014

It’s been a year since Horseshoe Cincinnati, the last of Ohio’s casinos to open, began taking bets. So are concerns about problem gambling coming true?

Court Ruling Lets Vets Charities Keep Using Raffle Machines

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8:30AM
December
20, 2013

A Franklin County judge has ruled electronic raffle machines used by veterans charities and fraternal lodges can continue to operate for the next several months until a lawsuit is settled.

Guilty Plea By Gaming Company Deals Latest Blow To Internet Cafes

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Attorney General Mike DeWine has maintained the businesses are illegal gambling operations. Supporters of the parlors say they're being singled out and that the businesses create thousands of jobs.
8:30AM
October
11, 2013

A New Jersey company has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and has promised to stop trying to do business in Ohio. It’s the latest setback for internet cafe owners trying to keep their industry afloat.

Internet Café Supporters Abandon Repeal Effort

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The committee said in a statement that it was the first to operate under Ohio's new, more stringent signature gathering rules and that the restrictions hampered its effort.
7:33AM
October
4, 2013

Opponents of a state law that effectively bans storefront sweepstakes parlors say they’ve dropped their effort to place a repeal request on the November 2014 ballot.

Ohio Veterans Groups Disregard Raffle Machines Ban

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Several groups have installed more of the slots-like machines since April when Attorney General Mike DeWine set an August 1st deadline for all the devices to be removed.
4:10PM
September 2, 2013

Ohio veterans and fraternal groups have continued to set up electronic raffle machines in posts and lodges disregarding a warning from the state’s attorney general that the devices are illegal.

Hundreds Asking To Be Banned From Ohio Casinos

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A state survey last year said 250,000 adult Ohioans are either problem gamblers or at risk of gambling problems.
9:12AM
August 12, 2013

About 450 people have asked to be banned from the four casinos in Ohio, where the state plans to spend more than $6 million by the end of this fiscal year to prevent and treat gambling addictions.

Budget Provision Would Let Casinos Keep Pics Of Customers

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Ohio's four voter-approved casinos have hundreds of cameras for security and monitoring gambling operations.
8:31AM
June 10, 2013

A provision in the Ohio Senate’s budget proposal would let the state collect and save camera images of each casino customer who redeems earnings for cash.