Ohio State Should Open up to Online Gambling in the US

08/06/2013
By Tommie ClarkGoogle
As the US loosen up the online gambling laws we are already seeing a surge of poker players getting online in the state of Nevada. Furthermore, Delaware have already struck a deal to get online poker in the state with New Jersey already passing its bill with terms to be agreed and finalised, so what’s in store for Ohio?

Right now there are some worried individuals out there unsure as to exactly how the laws in the state pertaining to online gambling are going to come into effect. The constitutional amendment put into action 3 years ago in 2009 could get in the way of any plans for the state’s lawmakers to bring online gambling into the region any time soon.

The law says that there are only 4 locations in the state where gambling is permitted, and they are basically the 4 major casinos in the state. Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo, in which the first 2 locations house Caesar’s Entertainment with the latter 2 mentioned areas playing host to the Hollywood casinos operated by Penn National Gaming. With the law stating these casinos as the only gambling locations in the state if anyone wants to go home and gamble online, it would essentially be an illegal act of gambling due to the fact that the bets are not taking place at one of these 4 locations.

Even though this particular bill appears as if it will slow things down a little, there are those already on the case trying to find a remedy for the situation.

One solution is to ensure all online gambling in the state is taxed via the current casino licenses in place. One expert on the laws of gambling says that the online gambling servers can be located in all 4 of the casinos in the state. By doing this it would mean that even though the stakes are being placed from someone’s home, the actual authorisation of the bets are then legitimately approved on a licenced gambling premises. This is similar to the way New Jersey are getting the around a problem that is comparable to Ohio’s.



Another point that has been raised is the lack lust approach to taking action on any laws that restrict online gambling in the state. However, some believe that the state will have to speed up their own processes when they see neighbouring states start to resolve their online gambling laws. The market will then be so competitive that Ohio State would be nothing short of mad not to jump on the bandwagon.

Right now though there are still some who are still fighting against the idea of online gambling hitting the state of Ohio. The main reason for this is that many believe that the current brick and mortar casinos may suffer through losses in revenue. No deposit casino o ffers from the online industry could sway players away from travelling to the 4 main areas of the state where the casinos not only bring in revenue via gambling, but also attract the casino goers to other public facilities in the area as well as local shops and restaurants.

What the future holds remains to be seen, but many experts believe that once Ohio sees the real effects of the competition the state will soon change its laws and allow the USA online casino industry to dig its heels in to the state’s gambling market. 


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