The advertisements for gambling addiction hotlines have been almost as ubiquitous as ads for the new Horseshoe Casino in the last two weeks, as have been the news stories about the dangers of a palace of blackjack and slots showing up in town for those that have a wee problem with throwing all their money away on blackjack and slots. Gambling addiction is real and dangerous and outlets for dealing with the problem should be readily available.
What you probably didn't know, lost and distracted in the hoopla of hour-long lines and dazzling 3D light shows and fantabulous buffet, is a provision that allows anybody to ban themselves from all four of Ohio's casinos. Like, actually agreeing it is illegal for them to even walk through the door.
The Akron Beacon Journal found the first guy to ink his name to the deal: 52-year-old Justin Gale from Mayfield Heights.