There has been much legal battle in the state of Ohio in the past year after it has been found that games of skill were exempt from anti gambling laws, now all the legal battling will come to an end as Governor Ted Strickland has signed legislation to make all machines that pay out money illegal.
Several slot parlor owners had found loopholes in previous laws, claiming the machines they had in their establishments were games of skill and not chance, and that has allowed them to stay open.
Now, these parlors will have no choice but to shut down after the new laws say that any machine that gives a cash payout will be considered illegal.
One parlor, Spin-To-Walk, in Norwalk, has been one of the spots that people were going to enjoy popular slot games, but even while they were legal, they still received hassle from the police.
Owner David Pugh said that he has been receiving citations nearly every day since August. He is now suing the city in Federal Court claiming that the city is discriminating against his business, and although he might win the suit from damages from the past, it does not appear that his place of business will survive this latest attempt by government to stop the gambling.
House Bill 77, which was signed today, will make any gaming machine that features cash prizes illegal in the state.
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63 people were arrested back on May 31st by police in a raid that spanned three clubs, Shooters Billiards, Bari Club, and Barca Club, now, some of those people are getting the opportunity to plea out their cases and avoid jail time.
Of the 63 people arrested, six of them were charged with the serious crime of keeping a common gaming house, but the rest of the people were charged with only being found in a gaming house, which is a much less serious crime.
Now those people have been given three options, they can fight the charges and take their chances if they are found guilty, they can take a positive lifestyles course from the Salvation Army and have their charges stayed, or they can plea guilty and possibly have the judge issue a discharge.
The dealers and operators of the game were not offered the deal, and some of the people that were vowed that they would not take the deal, and that they would fight the charges because they believe they were innocent.
The people are expected by the Crown that they would like decisions made sometime in the next few weeks, meanwhile, all of the people accused are set to be back in court on December 3rd.