A Guide For Ohio Residents About Horse Racing and Sports Betting Laws
There isn’t any official Ohio sports betting law at this point, but that’s not keeping the annual political debate from coming to a boil. Local gambling establishments are once again resuming their advocacy for sports betting legalization in Ohio, and even some state lawmakers are jumping on the bandwagon. The House Ways and Means Committee have already voted to legalize sports betting in Ohio, and the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee is expected to take up the issue as well. Hopefully soon, there will be an official Ohio sports betting regulation in place.
So where does this leave Ohioans who enjoy their lottery and other forms of gambling? For one thing, it puts Ohio in the same place as many other southern states when it comes to regulating sports betting. If a new regulation is adopted by the state, it could mean trouble for the people who make their living off of sports betting. Right now, Ohio is one of 20 states with individual gambling commissions. Each commission has the power to set its own rules for casinos and gambling, making it difficult for someone to go to court if they are accused of fixing a game or running an illegal gambling operation. That’s not good for business, which is why recent changes in the law are so welcome.
Two pieces of legislation have been signed into law that will help make the upcoming legalization of sports betting easier in Ohio. The House and Senate jointly introduced a bill that would allow online gambling, while the Senate just passed a resolution calling for a Memorial Golf Tournament in Columbus. If you don’t know, the memorial golf tournament is a non-profit organization that raises money for local children’s charities. The organizers invite local college and professional teams to play at the park near the unfinished Main Street apartments; for a small fee per game, fans donate money to the cause each time a game is played. The event is a hit every year, drawing crowds of hundreds of people to watch and participate. This year, organizers hope to raise $100,000.
So why did the legislature to push through this particular sports betting bill? Some think that the General Assembly felt pressure from the NCAA and other major sports leagues to legalize sports betting here in the state. Others believe that the legislature was pressured by groups opposed to legalized gambling in the state. The idea of having the hearings on Wednesdays was floated by Democratic leaders, but no one was actually arrested for the hearing. It was more of a press conference by some committee members to generate media hype than anything else. Regardless, the hearing did yield some information that may help regulate sports betting here in Ohio.
Ohio is one of twenty states that have pending legislation this fall, and two of those states – Ohio and New York – will have the opportunity to pass bills that regulate betting. The hearings in Ohio come at a time when the Gambling Commission is under investigation for breaking the law by allowing sports betting to take place before games were even held. The investigation is looking into whether or not the commission is allowing its own officials to allow sports books to place a sports book’s lines ahead of the games.
According to the Associated Press, a mancino is someone who “controls money that doesn’t belong to them.” What does the mancino mean? It’s a slang term for someone that profits from gambling without actually placing the bet themselves. If the mancino refers to the gambling commission, which regulates the lottery in Ohio, then it could be considered a violation of their lottery regulations.
Because sports books are licensed to place a certain amount of bets per day on a specific game, they are not allowed to place the entire bet based on the information offered. It is illegal for them to do so, and they are in serious trouble for doing it. In the past, a mansion was someone who would stand in line and wait to be let into the sports books where they placed bets on horse racing, boxing matches, and football games. Nowadays, they are more likely to be men who work inside casinos. These people are considered “bookies” and are guilty of the same charges as someone who wagers on horse racing, boxing matches, or football games.
Gambling is illegal in all fifty states, although some have legalized sports gambling. If you’ve been accused of gambling and/or have been arrested for it in Ohio, your case will be heard by the courts in Cleveland, Columbus, or Toledo. If the defendant loses their appeal, they must pay you for all losses, fees, and costs (including defense costs). There is also a fine in Ohio, of up to two thousand dollars for refusing to deal with gambling charges.