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State agents raid suspected casino in Mahoning County

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SMITH TWP., Ohio - State and local agents have raided a suspected illegal casino operating in southwestern Mahoning County.

Agents with the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted local law enforcement in serving search warrants at House of Skills, 22184 Harrisburg-Westville Road, 44601, in Smith Township. Investigators removed 54 machines from the establishment, 46 of which were operational.

House of Skills is suspected to have been operating casino gaming devices and giving cash payouts in violation of Ohio law. The investigation is still ongoing at this time. While skill games are permissible under Ohio law, cash payouts from skill games are prohibited. Electronic gaming devices with cash payouts meet the definition of slot machines under Ohio law.

"Unless you are playing at a casino or racino, electronic games that pay cash prizes are illegal under Ohio law," said Attorney General Mike DeWine. "While this joint investigation is still ongoing, neither state nor local officials will tolerate illegal casinos with no regulatory oversight and who may be taking advantage of customers.”

“We received several complaints from area residents regarding this location and contacted BCI for assistance,” said Smith Townshp Chief John Siranovic. “Today's search warrant is an important step to ensure the law is being followed.”

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