Skill Games Division: (614) 387-0318                       skillgames@casinocontrol.ohio.gov

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Help Sessions for SBAM Registration

For a limited time, the Commission is offering one-on-one telephone help sessions for skill-based amusement machine (SBAM) stakeholders. These sessions will provide guidance in creating eLicense accounts and completing the online SBAM registration form. Commission staff will also be able to help answer questions with respect to the registration and licensing process and troubleshoot issues with the eLicense system – please note, however, that these sessions are not designed to walk stakeholders through the license application process.

There is no cost to participate in these sessions. Click here to view available appointment times and reserve a time slot.

Oversight of skill-based amusement machines (SBAMs) was granted to the Ohio Casino Control Commission as part of the Casino Control Law passed in 2010. This authority was further detailed by the Ohio General Assembly in 2015, when the Commission was given jurisdiction over all persons conducting or participating in SBAM operations – including the ability to license, regulate and penalize in a manner consistent with the Commission’s responsibilities regarding casino gaming.

Important Information Regarding Registration
Effective April 23, 2018 until July 22, 2018, all Type-B operators, Type-C operators, and vendors conducting or participating in conducting skill-based amusement machine (SBAM) gaming may register with the Commission. Registered operators and vendors may continue to conduct SBAM operations in Ohio provided they also submit an application for licensure no later than August 21, 2018. Registration remains effective until the Commission renders a final determination on the operator’s or vendor’s application for licensure.

Operators and Vendors can register using the eLicense portal. Individuals who encounter trouble accessing eLicense or have other technical difficulties can call 855-405-5514 for assistance.

After July 22, all key employees, type-B operators, type-C operators, vendors, and type-C locations must be licensed by the Commission prior to conducting or participating in SBAM gaming in Ohio.

Licenses Related to Skill-Based Amusement Machines

License Type

Application Fee

Licensing Fee

Licensing Period

SBAM Key Employee

$250

$250

5 Years

Type-C SBAM Location

$250

$250

5 Years

Type-C SBAM Operator

$3,000

$3,000

3 Years

Type-B SBAM Operator

$1,500

$1,500

3 Years

SBAM Vendor

$3,000

$3,000

3 Years

* Licenses are valid for up to either three or five years, depending on the type of license, and then must be renewed prior to the expiration date. During this period, the Commission has the authority to reopen an licensing investigation at any time. This ensures that Ohio licensees remain suitable to conduct or participate in skill-based amusement machine gaming.

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