Ohio is known by a couple of different titles including, The Buckeye State, The Mother of Presidents, The Birthplace of Aviation & The Heart of it All. The capital of Ohio is Columbus and the largest metro area is Cleveland or Cincinnati. The state is ranked 34th out of the 50 states as far as area, as it spans 44,825 square miles. In population, the state is ranked 7th and is home to about 11.5 million people. Ohio is known for having the first ambulance service which started back in 1865 and the state also had the first traffic light in America. The Cincinnati Reds were also the first professional baseball team!
Land Based Casinos
Ohio began it’s state lottery in 1973 when the citizens voted with a 64% approval rate, from there the lottery has generated more than $2 billion in sales. Now, the state lottery offers games like Mega Millions, Pick 3, Classic Lotto, Powerball, Rolling Cash 5 & more. The lottery can be played by anyone who is 18 and over. The state has also allowed pari-mutuel betting on thoroughbred, harness & quarterhorse racing and welcomes players who are 18 and over as well. Currently the state has 8 parks scattered from the south to the north throughout Ohio. Players can bet over the phone, intertrack and offtrack. Bingo & Charity events are also an active part of Ohio’s nightlife this is another activity for those who are 18 and over as well. The state of Ohio currently in 2011 does not have any land based casinos to play at which is a downside to gaming in the state however, a law was passed to allow casinos to operate there, the casinos just have not made their appearance.
One alternative to land gaming in Ohio is online gaming. There are no laws in the state that prohibit players from gaming online for real money. Players can find many different online casinos that are USA friendly. One of the great perks to playing online is the selection of games there are hundreds of games online from tables, to slots, to keno & more. One law that is in effect for United States players is the UIGEA which does not allow players to use their bank account or credit card information to make payments or collect withdrawals from a casino account. Players will also notice online casinos have great no-deposit bonuses and deposit match bonuses. Most online casinos allow players to download the software right to their computer or, use a flash friendly version of the software which does not require a download and is Mac friendly.