The three-year wait for new Skill-Based Amusement Machine (SBAMs) rules is over. The Ohio Casino Control Commission is rolling out brand new administrative rules today. SBAMs are defined in O.R.C. 2915.01 but are essentially devices that reward a player for playing games, that require skill, with a prize not more than ten dollars. Ohio law seeks to restrict these games from becoming slot machines in actuality and, therefore, illegal gambling.
Enforcement of Ohio law and the new administrative code relies on new licensing requirements. Vendors, Operators (Type-B & -C), Type-C Locations, and Key Employees are required to register and apply for licensing. Each level of licensing has different requirements and prices for licensing. Don’t worry, arcade games that offer no reward except the pride of a perfect score will not require a license.
Although the new rules come out today, the expectation is that it will take time for individuals and businesses to become compliant with the new requirements. Safe harbor registration lasts from April 23 to July 22. However, applications must be completed no later than August 21, 2018. If you need help determining whether your business and employees require new licenses, contact an attorney that is familiar with the new requirements. For additional information, see the Ohio Casino Control Commission’s website.
The information contained in this article is not intended to convey or constitute legal advice.