One of the leading opponents to a downtown Columbus casino was very much for a similar development in Pittsburgh. Nationwide Realty Investors is credited with guiding the development of the very successful Columbus Arena District. Four years ago Nationwide wanted to build a similar district in Pittsburgh; but that one would have included a casino.
A crackdown on electronic gaming machines that look and operate a lot like slot machines has just taken effect across Ohio.
Ohio legislators have begun a crackdown on electronic games they say are tantamount to illegal slot machines.
Ohio’s attorney general has ordered the unplugging of an estimated 50,000 electronic gaming machines. Marc Dann says the games amount to illegal slot machines.
Gov. Ted Strickland is threatening a veto if Ohio legislators move ahead with a plan to legalize betting on video-tape replays of old horse races from around the country.