(WKBN) – When sports betting begins Jan. 1 in Ohio, nearly 70 bars and restaurants in the Mahoning Valley will have kiosks to place bets on and with state approval, those kiosks will be provided. by a Polish company.
Iron Gate Gaming offices are located at 5 Points in Poland, in the same square as Roundabout Pizza. There is no sign out front and no furniture inside – at least not yet.
“We will be ready by January 1 to have these kiosks operational,” attorney Ricky Volante said.
Volante and Perry Riddick are two of the 15 employees. All they have at this point is an Iron Gate Banner. They are awaiting state approval for an operating license which is expected to arrive in October.
“We’ve prepared for these things so we have everything ready from now on and once we get the license and the go-ahead it’s on,” Riddick said.
The Iron Gate kiosks can only be seen in pictures. They are purchased from a Las Vegas company. Iron Gate will own the kiosks and donate a percentage of the revenue to the companies.
“And when Ohio made the decision to include that level of ownership that other states typically haven’t, the decision was made that we had the operational capability and the sufficient funding to move forward in space. and be one of those licensed owners for the State of Ohio,” Volante said.
Establishments will also have the ability to display betting lines on monitors. The lines will also come from a Las Vegas company.
“They will recommend lines and then we can accept them, reject them or modify them,” Volante said.
The owners of Iron Gate Gaming also own Boardman’s Lanai Lounge. The plan is to have two booths set up here by the end of the month for training. They have received inquiries from elsewhere in Ohio, but at this time this is only for businesses around Youngstown.
“Right now we know what we’re capable of and that’s what we’re going to focus on right now,” Riddick said.
Iron Gate Gaming already has commitments from most establishments around Youngstown to supply their sports betting kiosks. Riddick – who is also co-owner of the Lanai Lounge – said having close contact with bar and restaurant owners has helped them.