CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio’s 11 casinos and racinos posted a record $ 172.1 million in gaming revenue in August after a record was set in July after three months of government-ordered closings due to coronavirus. This was shown by reports published on Tuesday.
For each of the four full months that the casinos and racinos were open this year, monthly gambling highs were set, falling below only during the partial month operations in March and June and during the closings for the entire months of April and May.
Gambling revenue of $ 172.1 million increased 4.7% or $ 7.7 million from the August 2019 record. This is the money the house keeps after winnings are paid out, but before about a third of that passed to the state in the US is in the form of fees and taxes.
For the year, sales fell sharply due to the closings from mid-March to mid-June. Revenue through August was $ 840.6 million, compared to $ 1.3 billion a year earlier.
Hollywood Casino Toledo was the leader in all of its operations in Ohio for the second consecutive month for August, grossing $ 22.9 million. The nearby casinos in Detroit didn’t reopen until early August.
Gambling revenues in the Cleveland market increased 1.3%, with the two JACK properties increasing but MGM Northfield Park decreasing.
* JACK Thistledown Racinos rose 15.4% to $ 14.1 million.
* JACK Cleveland Casino rose 1.4% to $ 18.2 million.
* MGM Northfield Park declined 7.2% to $ 19.3 million.
However, MGM Northfield remained the busiest of the state’s seven racinos. The racinos, regulated by the Ohio Lottery Commission, are limited to random slot machines called video lottery terminals. The totals do not include what is taken from racing bets.
The four Ohio casinos regulated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission are allowed to offer a wider variety of slot machines as well as table games including poker rooms.
Cleveland Casino is the top table game company in Ohio. $ 8.5 million of the $ 18.2 million in revenue came from the tables last month. This is more than a third of the nation’s table game sales.
Below are details on each Ohio Casino and Racino.
|Nationwide||August 2019||August 2020|
|revenue||$ 71.4 million||$ 77.4 million|
|Board games||$ 21.3 million||$ 22.6 million|
|key||$ 50.0 million||$ 54.7 million|
|JACK Cleveland Casino|
|revenue||$ 18.0 million||$ 18.2 million|
|Board games||$ 8.6 million||$ 8.5 million|
|key||$ 9.4 million||$ 9.7 million|
|Hollywood Columbus Casino|
|revenue||$ 19.1 million||$ 19.0 million|
|Board games||$ 4.6 million||$ 4.9 million|
|key||$ 14.5 million||$ 14.1 million|
|Hard Rock Cincinnati Casino|
|revenue||$ 17.1 million||$ 17.2 million|
|Board games||$ 5.5 million||$ 5.4 million|
|key||$ 11.6 million||$ 11.8 million|
|Hollywood Toledo Casino|
|revenue||$ 17.2 million||$ 22.9 million|
|Board games||$ 2.7 million||$ 3.8 million|
|key||$ 14.5 million||$ 19.1 million|
Source: Ohio Casino Control Commission
|Nationwide||August 2019||August 2020|
|key||$ 93 million||$ 94.8 million|
|JACK Thistledown Racino|
|key||$ 12.2 million||$ 14.1 million|
|MGM Northfield Park|
|key||$ 20.7 million||$ 19.3 million|
|key||$ 7.5 million||$ 7.3 million|
|Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs|
|key||$ 16.1 million||$ 17.4 million|
|Hollywood Gaming Dayton|
|key||$ 10.0 million||$ 10.8 million|
|Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley|
|key||$ 11.0 million||$ 11.2 million|
|Miami Valley Gaming|
|key||$ 15.4 million||$ 14.6 million|
Source: Ohio Lottery Commission
Rich Exner, data analysis editor for cleveland.com, writes about numbers on a variety of topics. Follow @RichExner on Twitter. Follow casino coverage at cleveland.com/casino.
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