Ohio Casino Control Commission

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The Ohio House is considering a bill that would allow sports betting through the Ohio Lottery Commission, which can open the door to several venues. Speaker of the House Larry Householder stated his opinion on where sports betting should be allowed.

The bipartisan House bill would allow sports gambling in casinos and racinos.

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Gambling on sports is almost definitely on its way in Ohio, with two bipartisan bills in the legislature that will decide how it will be overseen by the state. But there’s also a debate over where sports betting will happen – in gambling facilities, at other venues, or even in people’s homes and pockets.

It’s been just over a year since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states can legalize sports gambling.  But it was happening before that and since then.

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Ohio lawmakers have been considering legalizing sports betting ever since the US Supreme Court ruled last year that states are allowed to do that. But there are two very different ideas on how to make that happen. 

The state agency that oversees gambling addiction services in Ohio is expecting a spike in calls to the state's problem gambling helpline this month. 

“We have more gambling at certain times of the year,” head of the Bureau of Problem Gambling Services, Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson. “March is one of them.” 

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, Feb. 20:

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Casino regulators are cracking down on sketchy gaming facilities that are breaking the law by trying to imitate operations such as Chuck-E-Cheese and Dave and Busters. 

Except for at the state’s four casinos and related racinos, Ohio law forbids people from operating games that do not rely completely on skill and that payout cash prizes.