Illegal Online Gambling Bust in Ohio

Illegal Online Gambling Bust in Ohio Ohio station WYTV reported that police raided three internet cafes in Austintown and a private home in North Jackson on Thursday based illegal online gambling activity.

Jeff Solic, commander of the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, said that an investigation was ongoing since December 2013 and finally came to a head.

“It’s illegal to be paid cash for gaming. Any amount of cash,” said Solic. “Any cash payout is illegal and these locations were paying out in cash.”

No one was arrested; however 38 casino-style online gambling machines, cash and other evidence were seized.
  • I haven't seen these internet cafes before, but where I live, convenience stores have the nudge machines. Usually there are as many as twelve machines set up in a backroom. They have 4 or 5 thousand dollar jackpots besides the other winning combinations that the store owner pays out in cash which is also illegal. Winners are suppose to be given store merchandise and lottery tickets. These days the police are cracking down on violators, shutting them down, confiscating their money and property and taking the machines away.
  • Nothing really stupid here, since it is A LOT OF MONEY involved in online gambling. They already trying to open their own online casinos, just to get % from losses and taxes also. Everything is just about money.
  • I don't understand...USA is full of land-based casinos but they don't legalize online gambling.In my opinion that is a little bit stupid...
  • Hi tweeksta, A closed network casino is for registered users. Which in the case of internet cafes means it is available to only players at that specific location and can not be accessed via internet outside of this network. An internal network casino is private software network limited to and shared with a group of players. This would not apply to online casinos that is open to all players via the internet and is not private. When playing at internet cafes anyone (21 and over) can walk in, play and collect winnings without showing any form of identification. It is the same way at any land based casino. The only time identification is required at a land based casino is when a hand pay is required. This is an amount that is specified by the individual state in which winnings are taxed. Internet cafes get around hand payouts because the total amount allowed on a single win is set below taxable winnings. That is not to say a player at an internet cafe can't win over and above taxable money as long as it is accumulated wins. The key is as long as it is not a single win in the amount determined taxable by the state taxes are not required.
  • wot is a closed network casino?? wots a internal network casino software?? is it used to play at online casinos that dont accept USA ?? how would u be able to cash out winnings?
  • I live in Ohio as well as these places were on every corner UNTIL all the B&M casinos finally opened and in a matter of just a few months they were being shutdown by the hour. The state wants everyone to ONLY go to the B&M casinos so the state can get there cut of the taxes.
  • Well if they would loosen up the laws on online gambling they wouldnt have to deal with these sorts of problems, it's like anything else really, also it seems extremely hypocritical of the US since it has land based casinos all over the place
  • Agreed. Just another reason why the Government needs to make it legal and stop living in the dark ages.
  • Interesting comments above; I thought it rather suspicious as I read the news item that law enforcement swooped in and seized assets following a long investigation yet made no arrest.
  • I live in Ohio, and these "internet cafe's" are all over the place. Origianlly, we had thousands of mom and pop "skill game" shops. Legally, the machines are classified differently, because an action by the player is required to stop the reels of the machines. All was good for a couple of years, then the State stepped in. They were getting ready to open state run casinos and apparently wanted everyone spending their money at the soon to open casinos. Internet cafe's are the result of that. Legalized online gaming would take care of all of this!

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