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Dry Deal: Can Cleveland's Casinos Succeed Without Complimentary Cocktails?

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ohio gamblers voted for casinos, but are lawmakers cheating by pulling this latest card?

A plan set to be introduced by House Democrats would ban the four new casinos from offering complimentary alcoholic drinks to players nor would they be granted 24-hour liquor licenses.

State Representative Kenny Yuko, who's also a democrat, doesn't agree. The Richmond Heights lawmaker thinks Ohio casinos need to serve alcohol 24-hours a day to be successful.

"I think it's what people want and if we give the people what they want, they will come here and spend money in our great state," said State Rep. Kenny Yuko.

Local business owners feel differently.

"It'll help us, it won't hurt us. It'll bring more people into the city," said Winking Lizard G.M. Robert Shoens.

Yuko knows he's outnumbered, but says he's ready for a fight. 

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