Ohio Online Gambling
Online gambling is the act of placing a bet over the Internet. This could include virtual poker, blackjack tournaments, sports betting, and lotteries. In some states, the practice is legal.
While there is no federal law on the books, the state of Ohio has already approved certain types of online gambling. For instance, the Ohio Gaming Commission has prequalified over 1,300 businesses to host sports betting kiosks. There are also several retail and online sportsbooks that have announced partnerships.
In December 2011, voters approved Ohio Casino Approval and Tax Distribution Amendment 3. This bill authorized the Ohio Gambling Control Commission to license and regulate gambling businesses. These operations raise funds for state programs.
As of 2012, there were 11 true gambling locations in the state. The law is still young, and will be tested in the next few years.
It was the Ohio legislature that first allowed the placement of slot machine-like video lottery terminals at seven racetracks. Over the summer, the Ohio Gaming Commission accepted applications for operator licenses. However, most of the applications were turned down.
The state also signed off on a bill that would legalize online sports betting. It will go into effect in January 2023. With the exception of sports betting, Ohio does not currently offer any other forms of online gambling.
One thing to watch out for is the federal Wire Act. An exception to the law applies if the act is legal in both the source and destination locations. A fine and imprisonment are possible for operators.