AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Debris still littered the area Thursday evening along Raccoon Road in Austintown after the Queen of Hearts drawing Wednesday night at Barry Dyngles’ Pub.
The trash was left behind by some of the thousands who jammed into the pub, parking lot and adjoining lots waiting for the latest drawing in the card game.
Owner Shawn Hannon said what started last October as an idea to drum up business has now taken on a life of its own. He said they are still focused on the Bar-B-Que and food they offer.
“Frankly that is what it is all about. But now, we are getting a lot of other people involved at this point. We want to make it good for everybody,” Hannon said.
Lawmakers agree and held a hearing this afternoon with officials from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to ensure all the rules regarding “pool games” are being followed. Ohio Senator Bill Coley, R-4th District, said as long as the business involved isn’t keeping the proceeds, the card game is perfectly legal.
“I don’t have a problem with that, and I don’t want to just step in willy nilly with regulation,” Coley said.
Austintown Police Chief Bob Gavalier said he has concerns about the trash and patrons with open containers of beer off the property, but added that the crowds have been well-behaved so far.
Hannon says he wants to discuss the game’s future with township officials and his neighbors. A meeting is planned for Friday to discuss a a different venue in the area that can accommodate the crowd or whether he will continue to have the drawings at the Raccoon Road location.