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At Least One Obstacle To Ohio Online Poker

Report: A Way Around Constitutional Amendment Would Be Needed


Ohio just completed its first round of casino construction, and now there is already talk of bringing online gambling to the Buckeye State.

According to the Plain Dealer, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert could be involved should the state ever authorize the activity.

However, a constitution amendment that made it so that casino gambling could only happen on four locations in the state reportedly might make it challenging for games to come to the web. In addition to Cleveland, there are casinos in Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati.

Gilbert owns Rock Gaming, which is behind the new casino in Cleveland. Caesars Entertainment Corp., which owns the World Series of Poker, also has an interest in the property.

Caesars is close to launching an online poker site in Nevada.

Not surprisingly, Ohio reportedly could find ways around the amendment.

But a gaming attorney told the Plain Dealer that such authorization in Ohio might not happen. "I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that we’ll have iGaming in Ohio.”

So far, Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey have legalized online gambling. Pennsylvania, which neighbors Ohio, is currently looking at a bill for online gambling.

Ohio doesn’t have any type of legislation in the works, as any interest in the new industry is speculation at the present time.

For more news from Ohio, check out its state page.

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almost 8 years ago

I think internet poker would be wonderful for those of us in Ohio that live a fair distance from any of the casinos in the state. People in SE Ohio have to drive at least an hour or more to one of the casinos in the state. It would be logical to assume that if those players want to play they go to other states such as WV or PA to play their poker and Ohio is missing out on that revenue stream.