GAMBLING AND GAMES OF CHANCE
The Ohio Division of Liquor Control is responsible for controlling the manufacture, distribution, and sale of all
alcoholic beverages in Ohio. The Division's primary authority is to issue and renew liquor permits to businesses throughout the State of Ohio.
The Division has neither regulatory nor enforcemental authority regarding games of chance or gambling. Therefore, they cannot provide any
information to permit holders about the legality of any activities on a liquor permit premises that may be considered
games of chance including, but not limited to, all forms of poker (including Texas Hold 'Em), bingo, tip tickets, and slot machines.
However, permit holders should review the Ohio Liquor Control Commission's
administrative rule, OAC 4301:1-1-53, which has laws concerning gambling, gambling devices, and promotional contests.
You can also access these rules online, including
through the Division's website on the "Laws, Acts, and Legislation" link.
Questions concerning gambling should be directed to the Ohio Attorney
General's Office, Charitable Law Section at (614) 466-3180 or online.
The Division also suggests that permit holders who have any questions or concerns about games of chance or gambling should consult
with private legal counsel to help ensure that the operation of their businesses comply with Ohio law.