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Kasich Budget: Gambling Revenues $1 Billion Less Than Promised

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During the 2009 campaign to allow the casinos in Ohio's major cities, the Ohio Department of Taxation estimated the casinos would generate $1.9 billion, or about twice the money now projected.
12:14PM
February
7, 2013

The Ohio Casino Control Commission says statewide casino revenues dropped last month by more than $3-million compared to December figures. State officials say the casinos are generating far less revenue than gambling supporters promised voters during the 2009 campaign that led to Ohio’s four casinos.

Dayton Gives Green Light To New Racino

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The future site of the Penn National Gaming facility just north of downtown Dayton.
11:07AM
January
24, 2013

Dayton city officials have approved development plans for a $125 million racino on the former site of an automotive plant.

Lawmakers Balk At Crackdown On Internet Cafes

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Some state lawmakers want to put more regulation on internet cafes, or sweepstakes cafes, like this one on Alum Creek Drive. Cafe operators say they pay sales tax and the industry employs thousands of workers.
7:58AM
December
12, 2012

State senators have decided to block a House-passed proposal that would have regulated so-called internet cafes or sweepstakes stores so tightly, many might go out of business. But the measure could resurface.

Legislature Expected To Move On Internet Cafe Reform

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State lawmakers want to put more regulation on internet cafes, or sweepstakes cafes, like this one on Alum Creek Drive. Cafe operators say they pay sales tax and the industry employs thousands of workers.
7:24AM
December
5, 2012

There appears to be movement in the Ohio legislature on a bill to effectively shut down hundreds of storefronts that advertise themselves as internet cafes or sweepstakes cafes.

Casino Already Bringing Development And Hope For Future

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Columbus Western Bowl is one of about a dozen West Side businesses making changes as the Hollywood Casino opens to the public. The bowling alley is undergoing a $1.5 million renovation.
7:31AM
October
8, 2012

After court battles and a state referendum, the much-anticipated Hollywood Casino opens today on Columbus’ West Side. The people who live and work in the area are betting on the house – to bring a new vibe to the neighborhood that has, for years, been on the decline.

Casino To Work Out Kinks Ahead Of Monday Opening

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7:53AM
October
3, 2012

The casino set to open Monday on Columbus’ west side is testing its operations with an invitation-only “demonstration day” on Wednesday.

Counties Get First Round Of Casino Tax Revenue

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State tax officials expect Ohio's four casinos to eventually pay $500 a year toward the special casino tax.
8:19AM
August
1, 2012

Nearly $20 million in casino tax revenue is being divvied up among Ohio’s 88 counties. The state’s eight largest cities will also get a chunk of that money.

Judge Throws Out Suit Against Casinos And “Racinos”

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New video lottery terminals at Scioto Downs. The "racino" is scheduled to open Friday afternoon.
8:01AM
May
31, 2012

The decision by Franklin County Judge Timothy Horton clears the way for a new video slot machine facility to open at Scioto Downs on Friday.

Ohio Gets Second Casino

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An artist' rendering of the Hollywood Casino Toledo that opens to the public on Tuesday.
8:47AM
May
29, 2012

The Hollywood Casino in Toledo opens Tuesday, just two weeks after the state’s first casino opened to big crowds in downtown Cleveland.

Legislature Skips Columbus In “Racino” Money

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The gambling overhaul cleared the Ohio Legislature Thursday and is expected to soon be signed into law by Governor John Kasich.
7:31AM
May
25, 2012

The bill that cleared the Ohio House and Senate late Thursday sends at least $2 million to every “racino” city except Columbus.