Ohio Casinos & Racinos Continue Revenue Hot Streak in June

Ohio Casinos & Racinos Continue Revenue Hot Streak in June
By Jim Tomlin

The gaming facilities in Ohio maintained a strong pace in June, just not quite at the record levels from April and March, with revenues nearing $200 million for the month.

In June, the 11 gaming facilities in the state — four casinos and seven racinos (horse racing tracks with video lottery terminals) — combined for $196,827,793 in revenue. The casinos hauled in $84,715,321 and the racinos made $112,112,472.

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The state set records in April for both casino and racino revenue, with $217.1 million in total. That broke the mark of $215.8 million set in March, giving the state back-to-back record months.

Ohio Enjoys Lucrative First Half of 2021

The past year since facilities have reopened have been a boom time for the state’s gaming facilities. According to a report at Cleveland.com, six of the top 10 months for Ohio gambling revenue have happened in the past year including the $209.2 million combined revenue from May. The same story said that the past month was a record for June in the state.

Table game handle, or drop, at the brick-and-mortar casinos — Hard Rock Cincinnati, Hollywood Columbus, JACK Cleveland and Hollywood Toledo — was $101,820,175 for June, according to figures from the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

Ohioans played more than $1.2 billion in credits (handle) at the seven racinos combined, accounting for nearly 10,500 Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) statewide, according to figures that the Ohio Lottery posted.

June marked the end of the fiscal year for the racinos (as opposed to the casinos, which adhere to the calendar year for their financial totals). The racinos banked a net win of $1.186 billion for the 2020-21 fiscal year, running from July 2020 to June 2021. That was up about 44.5% from 2019-20’s figure of $821 million. The previous fiscal year’s total, of course, was impacted severely by the COVID-19 pandemic which forced Ohio facilities to close completely for part of March 2020, all of April and May plus part of June last year.

The racinos in the state are: Belterra Park in Cincinnati, Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs in Columbus, MGM Northfield, Hollywood Gaming Dayton, Hollywood Mahoning Valley in Youngstown, JACK Thistledown in Cleveland and Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon.

Breakdown of Ohio Casino Figures

Hollywood Columbus led the state’s four casinos in June revenue at $23,207,120, up slightly from the $23.1 million in May. JACK Cleveland casino also rose in month-over-month figures, from $22.5 million in May to $22.8 million in June.

The other two casinos in Ohio saw revenues fall from May to June. Hard Rock Cincinnati’s revenue decreased slightly, from $19.7 million to $19.4 million, while Hollywood Toledo’s figures dropped more steeply, from $21.6 million to $19.3 million.



Jim Tomlin has more than 30 years of experience in sports journalism as an editor and writer. He has covered pro and college sports from football, baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, motorsports and more for publications such as the Tampa Bay Times, SaturdayDownSouth.com, SaturdayTradition.com and FanRag Sports. He now lends his expertise to TopUSCasinos.com, among other duties.

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