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Ohio Senate Digging In On Sports Betting

Football fans watch the action on wall-mounted video screens in the sports betting lounge at the Ocean Resort Casino, Sept. 9, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J.
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Football fans watch the action on wall-mounted video screens in the sports betting lounge at the Ocean Resort Casino, Sept. 9, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J.

Republican Senate President Matt Huffman said they're working with House leaders to iron out a deal on legalizing sports betting. There are many interested parties involved, however, and that means a lot of money in the budding industry.

A big part of the debate is centered on which establishments are allowed to host gambling. Ohio's professional sports teams and the casinos are making a play at being some of the first to be licensed through mobile and in-person platforms. But other venues, such as bowling centers, want what they call a "piece of the pie" with self-service kiosks.

"There are really one or two big issues which I think are fairly clear and fairly understandable and I am optimistic," Huffman said.

The recent proposal introduced before the summer recess would allow up to 25 licenses to host betting on mobile devices and 40 for brick-and-mortar establishments, with another license type for self-service kiosks.

Huffman says he'd like to see movement on the bill in the next week or so.

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