WARREN – The four Ohio casinos are curfew free and will be allowed to open poker rooms in mid-March. The latest data from the Ohio Casino Control Commission posted record earnings last month.
Sales in March were over $ 91.6 million, about 35 percent more than February and nearly 200 percent more than March 2020 when casinos closed mid-month due to the outbreak.
Table sales were $ 23.6 million, up 28 percent from February, and slot sales were $ 68 million, up 38 percent for the month.
By comparison, table sales in March 2020, shortened by the pandemic, were $ 9.8 million and the slot was $ 20.9 million.
Several factors were likely at play in the huge gains – March was the first full month that casinos did not operate under state curfew, limited capacity poker rooms reopened, and other entertainment venues such as cinemas and concert halls either remain closed or are still in operation reduced capacity.
Commission spokeswoman Jessica Franks also said that as more Ohioans are vaccinated against COVID-19, “they may feel more comfortable going out.”
The previous record was $ 86 million in July. The first full month casinos were open after ordering from Ohio home.
The four casinos are the Jack Cleveland Casino, the Hard Rock Cincinnati Casino, the Hollywood Toledo Casino and the Hollywood Columbus Casino.
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