Ohio casino delays; New Jersey confirms new director; Duluth could bid for casino

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Casino newsThe opening of two casinos in Ohio will be pushed back after a consultant recommended the openings be delayed. Casino control commissioners in the state told ONN the delay was down background checks essential to gaining a licence not being processed in time. Toledo and Cleveland has hoped to see casinos in March or April respectively but it now looks as though they’ll be waiting until May or June. Cincinnati’s casino business is so far unaffected but city council member Cecil Thomas expressed the concerns of the whole city by stating: “Even though may not affect Cincinnati now, I don’t know what’s coming down the road.”

That casino isn’t slated until 2013 with a location in Columbus also set to open later on this year and the clamor for jobs has seen 24,000 apply for 750 positions on offer in Cleveland.

New Jersey’s Senate has handed over the reigns to the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement to David Rebuck on a regular basis. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously in favor of the man that’s been acting director since May. He was nominated as Governor Chris Christie’s preferred choice in April and will take home $134,000 per annum.

Duluth is looking at the possibility of opening a casino business if the Minnesota legislature allows the operation of more casinos. It comes after the Fond du Luth casino partnership was lost and Mayor Don Ness commented: “Now that the band has succeeded in voiding the partnership the question then becomes does that open up an opportunity for the city of Duluth to pursue a partnership with the state of Minnesota to have a casino in a convenient place next to the waterfront.”

Much depends on the Fond du Luth contract appeal and Ness admitted that their preferred course would be to keep the partnership in place with the Fond du Lac tribe.


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