November 21, 2016 CSI Filing: Skill-Based Amusement Machines

Created by Executive Order 2011-01K, the Common Sense Initiative (CSI), and Senate Bill 2 of the 129th General Assembly, require state agencies, including the Casino Control Commission, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined by Senate Bill 2), and provide opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the rules. 

The Ohio Casino Control Commission submitted the following proposed rules to the CSI office for review on November 21, 2016: 


Brief Explanation of the Rules 

The proposed rules relate to the regulation of skill-based amusement machines and encompass skill-based amusement machine tournaments, hearings, and sanctions.

3772-50 Skill-Based Amusement Machines (3 rules)

  • 3772-50-26, titled “Skill-based amusement machine tournaments.” This rule requires licensed skill-based amusement machine operators to provide notice to the Commission that they intend to conduct a skill-based amusement machine tournament.  The rule further outlines specific requirements for skill-based amusement machine tournaments, including requirements on prizes, advertisements, duration, and frequency.  The rule provides an exclusion for tournaments that are conducted on a national or international level.  The purpose of the rule is to establish requirements for skill-based amusement machine tournaments to ensure the integrity of the tournaments and limit the potential for abuse by illegal casino operators.
  • 3772-50-27, titled “Hearings.” This rule establishes that the Commission shall utilize the hearing procedures promulgated in chapter 3772-21 of the Administrative Code.  The purpose of the rule is to provide consistent hearing procedures, in accordance with R.C. Chapter 119, between casino-related and skill-based amusement machine-related applicants and licensees.
  • 3772-50-28, titled “Sanctions.” This rule establishes the scope of the sanctions that may be imposed upon on a person that is found to have violated the provisions of R.C. Chapters 3772 and 2915 and any of the related administrative rules.  The purpose of the rule is to establish the authority of the Commission to sanction persons involved in skill-based amusement machine gaming in a manner consistent with the Commission’s authority to sanction persons involved in casino gaming.


Associated CSI Documents
Business Impact Analysis

Contact Information for Comments

The Commission welcomes comments regarding these proposed rules. To ensure your comments are considered as part of the Common Sense Initiative (“CSI”) review period, the Commission should receive them no later than December 5, 2016.

Any questions or comments with respect to these rules may be directed to Andromeda Morrison via email at or U.S. Mail at 10 West Broad Street, 6th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Comments may also be directed to the CSI Office at

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