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How do I find out if coin pusher games are legal in Ohio?

Asked by pallen123 (1510 points ) June 17th, 2011

I’m trying to figure out if coin pusher games—where you drop a quarter and it pushes rows of quarters that fall down and return quarter to the winner—are legal in Ohio? I’ve read in some places that they’re games of skill and so aren’t gambling per se but I’m looking for a definitive answer. Anyone know how to find out?

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jaytkay's avatar

Call the local prosecutor or police?

Kayak8's avatar

It all depends if it is considered a game of skill or a game of chance. Here is the section of the Ohio Revised Code regarding the requirement of licensure for games of chance. Games of chance are more clearly defined in this section of the ORC. If I were you, I would write to my state representative and ask if so-called coin pusher games are considered to be “games of chance” under Ohio law and indicate, as a constituent, that you are trying to get some clarification. You can find your representative here and your senator here.

bkcunningham's avatar

Where are you thinking about putting the machine?

BarnacleBill's avatar

They used to have these at an indoor amusement park at a mall in Indiana, but they used tokens instead of quarters and paid off in tickets that could be redeemed for prizes.

From this site it sounds like all slot machines are legal in OH, and a coin pusher would be a type of slot machine. They have a number to call. A new casino is going in in downtown Cincinnati, so I would have to think that the claim that all slots are legal is probably true. Whether or not you have to register with the state as operating a game of chance is another matter.

Ohio Gambling Laws

bkcunningham's avatar

I didn’t know that Cincinnati, Ohio, was getting a casino @BarnacleBill. I just read about it after seeing your post. I bet it does good.

JRF2112's avatar

is it better to label the outside one way or another avoiding…...? ”” candy tops pusher.”” give a quarter take a candy o0r play game ?

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