Regulate ‘Internet Cafes’ in Ohio

Most forms of gambling in Ohio, from the ticket-based lottery on up to table gambling at casinos, is under at least some control by state government. But so-called “Internet cafes” have been allowed to slip through cracks in state law.

Hundreds of such establishments exist throughout the state. Patrons buy time on phone cards or Internet-linked computers, then use their “points” to bet on electronic games such as poker.

State Attorney General Mike DeWine is right to insist such gambling be regulated by the state.

One reason for state oversight is to ensure legalized gambling follows at least some rules. State legislators should accept DeWine’s advice and provide for oversight of Internet cafes.