|Ohio State Lawyers are still debating the legality of Ohioans placing online wagers on out-of-state horse racing betting sites. The state has briefly permitted online wagering at two of their own tracks, River Downs and Beulah Park, but this was stopped after the commission was advised by the attorney generals office that the practice was illegal under state law.|
Wagers on out-of-state races are still a point of discussion in Ohio, and despite the fact that online betting on horse races is legal in 40 officials are reluctant to be pressed on a definite decision.
“We’re still debating where we’re going to come down. Gambling statutes don’t address the Internet,” said Joe Case, a spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery. “Does the wager take place in Ohio at the users computer or at the out-of-state server?”
When the previous decision to stop online wagers was taken there was legal action for the two racetracks involved, a decision to ban online wagering on out-of-state races is sure to face the same kind of strong opposition.