Ohio Supreme Court May Chop Video Lottery Terminals Statewide

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Skill Games Spread Over Ohio Market Once Dominated by Sweepstakes Parlors

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The Difference Between Compliant and Non-Compliant Ohio Games

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A Ohio company was served by law enforcement executing search warrants into purported illegal gambling operations.

Skill Game KingThe Youngstown business was among 35 search warrants executed Wednesday with 30 conducted in Ohio, three in Florida and two in Georgia.

That is an address for Nannicola Inc., but the company issued a statement saying that the search was related to another company on the premises.

“There are multiple businesses that operate and hold records at 2750 Salt Springs Road … The search warrants were related to Playtronics Games Inc. Playtronics Games Inc. provides skill-based games that are allowed under Ohio law,” it said.

Other agencies from Ohio included the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Euclid, Parma and Springfield [Clark County] police departments, as well as the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

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Windsor voted on emergency ordinance to shut down gaming café

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Get Skill Games Ohio 750x75WINDSOR – The Windsor Town Board voted 5-0 on emergency ordinance to place a 90-day moratorium after Bingo Sweepstakes tried to re-open. The temporary ban allowed officials to investigate the business which offered patrons cash prizes from skill games.

According to Town Manager Kelly Arnold, he learned of the new business from Mayor John Vazquez during a lunch in downtown Windsor.

Ohio Skill Game Option 350x350“It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” Arnold told.

Arnold further said that the Bingo Sweepstakes did not have a business license, though building permits were already granted in June and July.

On the other hand, business owner Tran Lin told he didn’t know he needed a license for Bingo Sweepstakes.

In addition, Lin owned another Bingo Sweepstakes in Greeley while his partners operated Internet cafes in Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo.

Lin contested that the video games offered in the sweepstakes cafes did not constitute gambling since no chance was involved. He said winners were based on the computer algorithms predetermined the number of winners.

“We’re not here to just sneak in. We spent three months and a large amount of investments to get this place opened. When you walk in it’s very nice, homey place. It’s a place where people can socialize,” Lin explained.

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New Game Skillfully Arrives; Good Bye Sweepstakes

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Ohio Conversion 750x150CHARLOTTE – A superior court order in Eastern North Carolina allowed a gambling machine operator to expand business across Buncombe County.

As per George Hyler of Asheville, GiftSurplus machines were legal because it required skills as well as dexterity to win.

Ohio Skill Games 350x350The Superior Court Judge ruled the gambling machines at GiftSurplus as legitimate. The ruling also prohibited the sheriff of Onslow County from seizing machines and arresting the sweepstakes operators.

“We have always said what we are doing is right,” told Mike Macke who operates GiftSurplus in 20 counties.

Hyler also declared that GiftSurplus marketing strategy suited the same strategy other sweepstakes café uses to promote their businesses. In fact, an Ashville lawyer who won a score of legal battles for sweepstakes operators made dismissal of criminal charges possible.

Years ago, games of chance like Pot-O-Gold and slot machines were typical in gas stations and stores across Western North Carolina.

In 2010, state lawmakers passed a general statute 14-306.4 allowing sweepstakes while banning video poker, craps, keno, and lotto. However, a compact between the state and the Cherokee Tribe made the state leave a component in the statute to allow games of skills and dexterity.

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Gaming Parlors Shift With New Business Name, New Ohio Games

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Ohio Sweepstakes Game Conversion 750x75ANTIGUA – The Caribbean Community appealed to the United States to honor ruling in relation to online gambling.

According to the World Trade Center Organization ruling in 2004, the U.S. violated the Ohio Skill Games 350x350General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) as it enacted a law which barred all foreign-based operators from marketing cross-border wagering and gambling to the US.

WTO said it would be impossible to compensate Antigua and Barbuda through trade sanctions. So, it decided to permit Antigua to monetize around $21 million worth of intellectual rights from the US annually as compensation to US’ actions against cross-border betting and gambling.

As per Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean community lost more than $1 billion revenues from online gaming due to US’ gambling laws.

Last year, the government of Antigua and Barbuda decided to launch “harvesting benefits” from US’ intellectual property rights as ruled by the WTO, however, today Antigua said it is still hopeful the US will negotiate with an alternative settlement.

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Skill Games Dominates Market at old Sweepstakes Rooms

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Ohio Conversion 750x150LAURINBURG – The city council listened as more than 50 citizens aired their concerns over internet cafes within the city limits.

Jason Watson, a resident and Ft. Bragg military police officer asked the council if they would be impressed with a bunch of internet sweepstakes parlors lined up along Main Street between U.S. 74 and the McDonald’s.

Ohio Skill Game Option 350x350According to Watson, those businesses were eyesores in the view of the public, not just to the people who live here, but also to those who passes by the city.

“I, as a police officer, know the type of people who enter these establishments. I know the type of behavior that is conducted inside. I know what drugs and addictions do to people because I see it every day,” said Watson.

In addition, Pastor Michael Edds of East Laurinburg Pentecostal Holiness Church revealed statistics showing the connection between gambling addiction, financial ruin and domestic discord.

“We have some serious problems out there and we’ve opened the floodgate for something that can compound what we’re trying to address,” the pastor stated.

As per Edds, these issues troubled him not only as a religious leader, but also as a member of the city’s crime and drug committee.

“On this committee we’re trying to come up with proactive ways to reduce violence and crime in the city, but with this addiction that’s been thrown at us it’s making our job impossible,” the Pastor told..

On the other hand, City attorney Bill Floyd told that based on a ruling released by the Superior Court in December, the particular software used in internet sweepstakes cafes is legal.

“That’s not binding … but what it does indicate is that there’s a lot of confusion about the applicability of this law and enforceability of the law,” Floyd declared.

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Ohio Approves Test for Skill Games

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Ohio Conversion 750x150PAYNE COUNTY – Authorities warned the public over illegal gambling operations in the county.

“Gambling machines were not illegal. It’s illegal to cash-in for points,” declared Sheriff R.B. Hauf of the Payne County Sheriff’s Office.

Ohio Skill Game Option 350x350According to Hauf, there were only a few cases; however, if a complaint arises, the county will investigate.

In June, a court order allowed law enforcement to destroy six machines used in commercial gambling.

Back in January, the state confiscated about $8.1 million from Teddy Dryden Mitchell of Oklahoma City. Mitchell along with eight others was arrested for illegal sports betting.

In addition, Cynthia Renee Patterson, 51 was charged with commercial gambling at Cin-City Bar in Cushing. She pleaded guilty in May and received a two-year deferred sentence.

Video gaming cafes, however, returned to business by converting into new games featuring compliant games of skill games and dexterity.

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