A year after the coronavirus pandemic broke out in the United States, Ohio’s eleven gaming facilities are approaching pre-pandemic sales.
In February, Ohio casinos and racinos combined increased revenue to $ 158.677 million, up 3.5% from the $ 153.331 million reported in January. That number was still more than $ 12 million lower than $ 171.424 million in February 2020. However, this is closer to the numbers released by the state before COVID-19 brought the entire industry to a standstill twelve months ago .
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Among the state’s four casinos, Hollywood Toledo was the only one to see a year-over-year increase from $ 17.07 million in February 2020 to $ 17.49 million in February 2021, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
The other three Ohio casinos were down year-over-year, but combined revenue increased from January 2021. Their total revenue in February was $ 67.6 million, up 4.3% from $ 64.9 million in January .
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JACK Cleveland Casino led the state in February casino revenue with $ 18.36 million, followed by Hollywood Columbus ($ 17.52 million), Hollywood Toledo and Hard Rock Cincinnati ($ 14.26 million).
Together, the four casinos reported slot revenues of $ 49.16 million and table game revenues of $ 35.97 million.
The seven Ohio Racinos (slot machines on racetracks) achieved a combined net profit of $ 91.047 million, up 2.9% from $ 88.5 million in January, the Ohio Lottery announced.
Two of the Racinos had gains compared to 12 months earlier. JACK Thistledown rose from $ 12.5 million in February 2020 to $ 13.6 million in January 2021 and Hollywood Dayton from $ 10.4 million to $ 11.3 million. Two more were close to last year’s numbers: Hollywood Mahoning Valley ($ 11.075 million in February 2021, $ 11.139 million in February 2020) and Belterra Park (down from $ 6.472 million to $ 6.463 million).
Curfew lifted to increase numbers
Republican Governor Mike DeWine lifted the curfew on businesses, including casinos, on Feb.11, according to Cleveland.com. This meant that the gaming facilities could work again around the clock. The state-ordered curfew, which is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, was issued on November 19, so that state gaming facilities have been operating with reduced working hours for months.
The numbers will shift towards 2021 compared to 2020 with the March report as the coronavirus pandemic began closing casinos across the country in mid-March 2020 and Ohio was no exception.