Ohio state senators approve SB 176 to legalize sports-betting

Taking the first major step towards the legalization of retail and online sports-betting in Ohio, the State Senators passed Senate Bill 176 (SB 176) by voting 30-to-02 in support of the measure.

The SB 176 has specifically designed to allow gaming entities in the Midwestern state to apply for one of 58 land-based and remote sportsbetting licenses that the state government has plans to issue in the coming years.

Chicago-based gambling ring’s alleged key player Todd Blanken avoids prison term

Todd Blanken, alleged mastermind of “multi-million dollar” Chicago-based gambling ring, has avoided prison time as a district sentenced the 44-year-old to just six months in a community center.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall also allowed Blanken, a resident of Cary, Illinois, to work while staying in the community center. The judge also ordered him to remain on two years of probation.

Macau Gaming Inspection & Coordination Bureau to deploy more casino inspectors

The Macau Gaming Inspection & Coordination Bureau (DICJ) is reportedly going to increase the number of inspectors to regulate the gaming properties in the world’s richest casino hub. The Executive Council of Macau recently approved an amendment designed to allocate more funding to DICJ and improve its operational structure. The change will take effect in the near future.

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Search for father who abandoned kids at 7 Cedars Casino still in progress

An investigation into Washington State casino child abandonment case is still open as the father who allegedly abandoned two young children at the parking lot of 7 Cedars Casino last weekend is still at large.

The father, identified as 38-year-old Travis Michael Parker of Sequim, Wash., allegedly abandoned his two children at the aforementioned casino parking lot. The kids in question are just 5 months and 1.5 years old.