- Posted May 27, 2013 by
Ohio decides to ban Internet cafes to stop gambling
Ohio has voted to ban Internet cafes in the entire state. The bill has already passed the Senate, and Gov. John Kasich has promised to sign it. Cleveland.com points out the 8th District Ohio Court of Appeals found that the Internet cafes were illegal gambling houses because they offered patrons the chance to win money.
In a recent post on Casino.org, the topic of banning Internet cafes has resulted in a heated debate. Members of the directory and news site state that the actual problem is related to the state of Ohio refusing to regulate Internet cafes. Shutting them down provides a simple solution that requires less time and money. In addition, the decision seems to contradict Ohio’s previous legislation that allows gambling in casinos.
The Daily Dot points out Ohio is not the only state that has banned Internet cafes over concerns about gambling. Legislators mention that some of the Internet cafes have actually turned into gambling houses with online slot machines and sweepstakes that pay cash while circumventing rules. However, business owners argue that Ohio will be closing 800 cafes that provide an estimated 6,000 jobs, and many of them do not engage in illegal behavior.
Despite asking for regulation instead of a permanent removal, Internet cafe owners are not likely to change the ban at this point. Florida has already successfully instituted similar legislation that Ohio plans to sign.