Racino near Cleveland on target to open in April

Renovations are moving along at a suburban Cleveland horse track that's adding a new way to gamble.
Associated Press
Jan 24, 2013


The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Thistledown Racino is set to open in early April with more than 1,000 video lottery terminals that function like slot machines.

Rock Ohio Caesars is spending $88 million on the renovations at the track in North Randall, southeast of Cleveland.

The gaming floor will have specialty restaurants, a food court, bar and a nightlife area with entertainment.

One racino in the state — at Scioto Downs in Columbus — is already operating. Six others are in various stages of licensing and construction.

An anti-gambling group is challenging Ohio Gov. John Kasich's authority to allow the slots-like video lottery terminals at the state's seven horse tracks.




NJ is seeking to legalize sports betting and Internet gaming.

OH: Be innovative, not a "Johnny-come-lately."

Internet gaming: Lose more money faster than you ever thought possible.



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The Hero Zone

Innovation is truly what moves us and many laws, while toted as some kind of stopgap or end-all to an activity, merely encourages creative (and sometimes dangerous) ways to legally challenge the law or illegally go around it. A good example of a gambling go-around can be found in Japan with a popular game there called Pachinko.

For those not familiar, and in summary, Pachinko looks like a slot machine and you place money in it to receive little metal balls like BBs. The BBs fall down the front and hit off pegs randomly (kind of like Plinko in Price is Right). You have to catch and collect a certain amount of them to win. Well, as gambling is illegal (apparently this isn't a "game of skill") you can't get a cash payout but you can win a prize such as a stuffed animal. And as it JUST SO HAPPENS there is a shop next door to the Pachinko parlor that pays cash for little purple plush kitten dolls that you can obtain at other locations.

This is by no means an encouragement to do anything illegal, but rather point out that in many cases there is a "same thing but different" equivalent that really just complicates life and endangers people who don't know better. There are plenty of acres of sand in which to draw lines around various issues (Colorado trying to determine THC limits in blood to be declared "under the influence") but if a legislative body can rationally and factually come together [insert satirical response here] to examine an issue and find a responsible way to guide X, Y, or Z activity then so much the better.


Talked to a guy yrs. ago from the Japanese game co. Sammy. Pachinko was considered to be gambling by U.S. regulators and declared illegal.