Revenue Declines at Ohio Casinos & Racinos for September

Revenue Declines at Ohio Casinos & Racinos for September
By Jim Tomlin

The 11 commercial gaming facilities in Ohio saw revenues drop in September compared to August.

The seven racinos (racetracks with slots) in the Buckeye State drew $106.5 million in September and the four casinos combined for $78.9 million. That means a combined total of $185.4 million, a 4.6% decline from the $194.3 million that the state pulled in from gaming revenue in August.

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The casino total was down 4.4% from the $82.48 million in August, according to figures from the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The racino revenue declined 4.8% from $111.86 million in a month-over-month comparison, the Ohio Lottery reported.

Breakdown of Ohio September Revenue

MGM Northfield Park was the top earning racino in Ohio for September, pulling in $22.9 million in net win. That was down by about $300,000 from the $23.26 million in August.

Eldorado Gaming Scioto Down was second for September at $17.76 million in revenue, followed by Miami Valley Gaming at $17.5 million. The other racing facilities with slots in the state are JACK Thistledown Racino ($15.6 million for the month), Hollywood Mahoning Valley Race Course ($12.84 million), Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway ($12 million) and Belterra Park Cincinnati ($7.9 million).

JACK Leads in Revenue

As for the casinos, JACK Cleveland led the state with $21.3 million in revenue, followed by Hard Rock Cincinnati ($19.727 million), Hollywood Columbus ($19.723 million) and Hollywood Toledo ($18.1 million). All four facilities saw a decline in revenue compares to August.

This has been a banner year for Ohio gaming in its current form; the state broke its record for combined casino and racino revenue in March then did it again in April at $217.1 million.

In the meantime, sports betting remains a point of concern for the Ohio legislature, which returned to session last month after its summer break. Ohio has seen neighboring states Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia prosper with sports betting (and of those four, all have iGaming except for Indiana).

Sports betting would undoubtedly be popular in Ohio, which has professional teams in MLB (Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians), NFL (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers), NHL (Columbus Blue Jackets) and MLS (Columbus Crew and FC Cincinnati). And if wagering on college sports is allowed (it isn’t in every state) then the Ohio State Buckeyes would be among the teams drawing great interest.



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,, and FanRag Sports. He now lends his expertise to, among other duties.

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