Ohio Gambling Revenue Sets a New Record for September

Ohio Gambling Revenue Sets a New Record for September
By Bryce Derouin

Ohio posted a record September for gambling revenue, the third straight month a record has been set.

Ohio casinos and racinos posted total revenue of $164.5 million in September, continuing the record-setting trend after reopening following state-ordered closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The $164.5 revenue in September 2020 is up 6.1% from a year ago when Ohio reported $155.1 million in revenue. Yearly revenue to this point is down 30% from $1.5 billion in the first nine months of 2019 to just over $1 billion in 2020 because facilities were closed from mid-March through mid-June due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About $335 million of the $1 billion will be turned over to the state in the form of taxes or fees.

Ohio’s four casinos recorded $71.8 million in revenue for September, according to numbers reported by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

That was an increase of 5.1% over September 2019’s $68.3 million. September is the third straight month this year that Ohio has reported slight decreases in revenue after the July total was $86 million and August at $77.3 million.

Hollywood Columbus led the state’s casinos with $19.3 million in revenue in September while Hollywood Toledo was second with $18.9 million. Jack Cleveland Casino was third with $18.1 million in revenue and Hard Rock Cincinnati Casino had $15.6 million.

At the state’s seven racinos, revenue was at $92.7 million for an increase of 7% from the September 2019 total of $86.7 million, according to the Ohio Lottery’s figures. Similar to the casinos, racinos have seen slight revenue falls since the first full month of operations in July.

The July revenue was at $95 million, while August tallied $94.7 million for Belterra Park (Cincinnati), Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs (Columbus), MGM Northfield, Hollywood Dayton, Hollywood Mahoning Valley (Youngstown), JACK Thistledown (Cleveland) and Miami Valley Gaming (Lebanon).

The racinos are regulated by the Ohio Lottery Commission and are limited to chance-based slot machines. The video lottery terminals do not include what is taken in from racing bets. MGM Northfield Park was the top in revenue with $19.9 million, followed by Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs ($16 million), JACK Thistledown ($14.2 million), Miami Valley Gaming ($14 million), Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley ($11 million), Hollywood Gaming Dayton ($10.7 million) and Belterra Park ($6.9 million), according to cleveland.com.



Bryce joined TopUSCasinos.com after spending the last nine years covering high school and college sports throughout Michigan. He’s served as the primary Division II beat writer for Grand Valley State and Michigan Tech. Along with his newspaper background, he's worked in marketing and recently co-founded Upbeat — the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s first subscription-based prep sports website. His favorite sports to gamble on are football, basketball, baseball and Formula 1.

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