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Ohio lawmakers have introduced bills to legalize sports betting. But Ohio’s universities don’t want to be dealt in on those bills or any others that involve expanded gambling.

Oeun Chan is a social worker who works with Cambodian seniors dealing with gambling addiction.
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Chao Zheng accepts a Skype call, exchanging hellos as he props up his phone on a wooden desk in his apartment. It’s midnight where he lives in China's Fujian province, and Zheng will go to bed right after our call.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what legalized sports gambling will look like in Ohio. Brent Johnson, a reporter who covers the New Jersey Statehouse for the Star Ledger and, joins the show.

There are two bipartisan bills that will decide how sports gaming would be overseen by the state. But there’s also a debate over where it will happen – in gambling facilities, at other venues, or even in people’s homes and pockets.

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Ohio lawmakers have been considering legalizing sports betting ever since the U.S. 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.

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State lawmakers are working on a bill to bring full-scale sports betting to Ohio. The effort follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision in May that struck down a law restricting sports betting everywhere except in Nevada.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a federal ban on sports betting means Pennsylvania can go forward with sports wagering through a law passed last year, in anticipation of the court’s decision.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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After the United State Supreme Court cleared the way for sports betting, the rush to capitalize on the industry is on.

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One Monday morning, the slot machines at the Hollywood Casino have already attracted a few gamblers to try their luck. Todd Gillis, 48, is one of them. 

Slot machines inside Hollywood Casino in Columbus.

In spite of having plenty of opportunities to gamble, Ohio has a rate of problem gambling that’s less than half the national rate of 2.2 percent, according to a study just released by the state. The state is still keeping an eye toward developing problems.

An amendment to the budget bill just passed by the Ohio House says racinos in the state can now offer video poker. It’s an idea that’s drawing criticism from within the gambling industry itself.

Backers say video poker will boost state revenue because the Ohio Lottery Commission shares in the profits of racinos.

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The new budget plan introduced by House Republicans strips away Gov. John Kasich’s tax reform plans, adds money to schools and to fight the opioid epidemic, and cuts spending growth. But there are a few proposals peppered into the budget that may have gone unnoticed at first glance.

Slot machines inside Hollywood Casino in Columbus.

Ohio's casinos have generated more than $1 billion in tax revenue since the first one opened in 2012, and just over half that money has gone to cities and counties.

Ohio Supreme Court Says Most Gambling Opponents Lack Standing To Sue

Mar 25, 2016
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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled only one of the opponents of recently expanded gambling has standing to challenge the constitutionality of casino and “racino” betting in court.

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Art Schlichter, the great OSU quarterback whose gambling addiction and criminal activity landed him in prison, swindled more than 50 people of millions of dollars in a sports-ticket scheme. He was in recovery and trying to help others in 2009, but his struggle continued when he tested positive for cocaine use while on house arrest following his guilty plea in the ticket case. A new book describes one woman's experience with Schlichter and how he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from her.