WARREN – Revenue at the four Ohio casinos fell 20 percent in November, a decrease likely due in large part to the state’s curfew, which is set to slow the spread of the growing virus outbreak.
“It’s hard for us to say with absolute certainty, but I would say that this will definitely be a factor in what we saw,” said Jessica Franks, spokeswoman for the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
The latest report from the commission shows that casino revenues of $ 59.5 million are $ 15.2 million lower than in October. This month casinos rebounded slightly after two months of falling numbers.
Revenue in November was 15.5 percent below $ 70.4 million in November 2019.
All casinos – Jack Cleveland Casino, Jack Cincinnati Casino, Hollywood Casino Toledo, and Hollywood Casino Columbus – suffered losses of at least $ 2 million. The smallest drop was in Toledo, where the impact may have been lessened by players arriving from Michigan as some casinos there closed.
The rising number of cases could also lead to people being kept away.
“Some people might just choose to stay home and not go out, even if it’s before 10pm,” Franks said.
As Ohio cases accelerated, the Ohio Department of Health put in place a three-week curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Dec. 8, which expires today. However, the curfew is expected to be extended.
In response, the casinos limited their opening times. Jack Cleveland and the Hollywood casinos mirrored their hours against curfew, while Jack Cincinnati is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to their websites.
Table games posted revenue of $ 17.8 million and slot revenues of $ 41.7 million last month, down from $ 22.3 million and $ 52.4 million in October, a decrease from corresponds to around 20 percent.
In November 2019, table games generated $ 23 million and slots generated $ 47.3 million, according to the commission. Those numbers are 22 percent and 12 percent higher than last month.
Casinos hit an all-time high of $ 86 million in July when they reopened after Ohio suspended its stay-at-home order at the start of the virus pandemic. After the high water mark, sales dropped to $ 77.3 million and $ 71.8 million, respectively, and in August and September, before climbing back to $ 74.7 million in October.
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