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Two Ohio Casinos' Opening Delayed

Ohio regulators plan to meet with the operators of two Ohio casinos to talk about a new timetable, now that a consultant has recommended that their openings be delayed. Consultant Fredric Gushin of Spectrum Gaming told the state Casino Control Commission on Wednesday that more time is needed to investigate the Cleveland and Toledo facilities for licensing. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports commission Chairwoman Jo Ann Davidson said she's optimistic the delays will be a matter of "weeks, not months." The downtown Cleveland casino had planned to open in March, and the one in Toledo planned to follow in April. But Gushin says that timing was never approved by the commission. Davidson says delays are not expected for the later openings of casinos in Columbus and Cincinnati.