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(a) No person, being the owner or lessee, or having custody, control, or supervision of premises, shall:
(1) Use or occupy the premises for gambling in violation of Ohio R.C. 2915.02 or a substantially equivalent municipal ordinance.
(2) Recklessly permit the premises to be used or occupied for gambling in violation of Ohio R.C. 2915.02 or a substantially equivalent municipal ordinance.
(b) Whoever violates division (a) of this section is guilty of operating a gambling house, a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of a gambling offense, operating a gambling house is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate State law.
(c) Premises used or occupied in violation of this section constitute a nuisance subject to abatement under Ohio R.C. Chapter 3767.