Ohio Looking for Complete Ban on Gambling

Ohio voters on several occasions turned down proposals to allow various forms of gambling within the state.

As a result, Ohio state’s Democratic governor, Ted Strickland, has asked the GOP controlled legislature to ban cash payouts from gaming machines, which are increasingly popping up around the state.

The request from the governor comes at a time when Republicans, of all people, are pushing to expand legal gambling.

Strickland said, “a ban on cash payouts or non-cash prizes with more than $10 is needed because regulators are having a hard time figuring out which machines are legal under the state’s current standard, which allows games that require skill but bans games of chance.”

The GOP controlled legislature approved allowing machines at racetracks that enable bets on horse races that have already happened, Strickland asked that the payouts be prohibited before lawmakers break for summer.

Strickland believes his proposed ban would prohibit the machines approved by the Senate. He also stated that he would veto the bill authorizing them if it is passed.

“The gaming machines have been increasing because the skill vs. chance regulation has been difficult to enforce, said Strickland. “It would take someone with their head stuck in the sand to not realize what is happening.”

Seattle Mayor’s Son Pleads Not Guilty in Casino Scam Case

Thursday afternoon Jacob Nickels, the son of the Mayor of Seattle plead not guilty in a federal courtroom to charges that claim he had a part in a casino cheating ring that authorities claim stole millions of dollars across several states by bribing dealers to falsely shuffle decks of cards.

The trial is now set in this case for August 13th after Judge James Donohue released Nickels following the arraignment. Nickels’ attorney Jeffrey Robinson entered the nonguilty pleas on his behalf. Part of the terms of his release includes abstaining from alcohol and surrendering his passport.

The 25-year-old Nickels is charged with one count of conspiracy, and four counts of theft of funds from gaming establishments on Indian land. The state’s case says that Nickels received $5,000 in 2005as part of the scheme while he worked as a pit boss at the Nooksack River Casino. He worked at the casino from October 29th, 2003 to October 17, 2006.

The mayor, Greg Nickels and his wife issued this statement when charges were announced on May 24, “We will be encouraging him to cooperate fully with the investigation. Until we know more we will have no comment on the substance of these allegations.”

The case also claims that the younger Nickels helped a patron win over $95,000 at one the casino’s mini-baccarat tables during the scheme.