SMITH TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A suspected illegal casino was raided Tuesday in Mahoning County.
A search warrant ordered by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Smith Township Police Chief John Siranovic was executed with the help of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the House of Skills, 22184 Harrisburg-Westville Road 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, according to DeWine.
While skill games are permissible under Ohio law, cash payouts from skill games are prohibited and considered slot machines.
“Unless you are playing at a casino or racino, electronic games that pay cash prizes are illegal under Ohio law,” said Attorney General 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.”
Siranovic said the department received several complaints regarding House of Skills which led to the investigation.