Ohio Governor John Kasich is not letting any grass grow when it comes to getting the slot machines into the state. He is bound and determined to make it happen, more sooner than later, as he knows the amount of money that can be made off of the games. He is looking to put forth a system that would run video lottery terminals that appear to be almost identical to slot machines, and he wants it done now. He is asking the legislature to approve his request to get the horse tracks loaded up with slot machines, and to do it without sending out bid notices.
In other words, he does not want to have to wait an additional four months to get in a bunch of bids for the slot machines, when he knows that they can use Intralot to get the job done. However, the other companies that were looking to offer the bid say that this is unfair to them as they did not get a chance to compete for the contract. They argue that in this economy any kind of bid like that for a slot machine management system would be a huge coup to any company and that they should get their fair shot at bidding on it.
The state would need to give him permission to do so, as the governor cannot just offer the contract for the slot machines to Intralot so he has been pushing for the state to allow him to proceed. His camp says that by pushing it off another four months that this is four months of slot machine revenues that they would not be able to take advantage of, and that this is what is really most important.