CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio’s 11 casinos and racinos achieved record sales of $ 1.94 billion in 2019, representing total revenue of $ 11.9 billion since the first Ohio casino opened in Cleveland in May 2012.
The gambling revenue reported by the state lottery and casino control committees is the amount of money that the casinos and racinos withhold after the winnings for slot machines and table games have been paid out. Other profits, such as the sale of drinks and food or money from horse racing, are not included.
About a third of gambling revenue is remitted to the state in the form of taxes or fees, which amounts to about $ 650 million in 2019.
The last of the four casinos in Ohio opened in early 2013, and the last of the state’s seven racinos opened in late 2014. However, income from gambling has increased every year.
The total of $ 1.94 billion last year increased 4.2% or $ 77.6 million from $ 1.86 billion in 2018.
The casinos have both table games and slots under the regulation of the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The Racinos, regulated by the Ohio Lottery Commission, are only allowed to offer random slot machines. Unlike several neighboring states, Ohio has no legal gambling for professional and college sports.
The top three establishments in 2019 were MGM Northfield Park Racino with $ 253.6 million, Hollywood Casino Columbus with $ 229.2 million, and JACK Cleveland Casino with $ 212.1 million.
Revenue at MGM Northfield Park, known as Hard Rock Rocksino until April, declined by $ 2.3 million from $ 255.9 million in 2018. The only other Ohio operation that saw a decline in 2019 was Hollywood Casino Toledo, which fell from $ 202.7 million in 2018 to $ 202 million last year.
Revenue for the two properties in Greater Cleveland operated by Dan Gilberts JACK Entertainment increased. The total of $ 212.1 million at JACK Cleveland Casino increased by $ 7.2 million from $ 204.9 million in 2018. JACK Thistledown Racino’s sales in North Randall grew by $ 15.1 million from $ 127.4 million in 2018 to $ 142.5 million a year earlier.
Overall, revenue at Ohio’s four casinos grew 1.6% to $ 851 million, or $ 212.8 million per hotel.
At the seven Racinos, sales rose 6.2% to USD 1.1 billion or USD 155.8 million per property.
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.
Monthly report from December
|Nationwide||December 2019||December 2018|
|revenue||$ 74.4 million||$ 76.3 million|
|Board games||$ 23.0 million||$ 25.6 million|
|key||$ 51.4 million||$ 50.6 million|
|JACK Cleveland Casino|
|revenue||$ 19.3 million||$ 19.3 million|
|Board games||$ 8.8 million||$ 9.3 million|
|key||$ 10.5 million||$ 10.1 million|
|JACK Cincinnati Casino|
|revenue||$ 17.7 million||$ 19.3 million|
|Board games||$ 6.3 million||$ 7.4 million|
|key||$ 11.4 million||$ 11.9 million|
|revenue||$ 17.8 million||$ 17.9 million|
|Board games||$ 2.8 million||$ 3.1 million|
|key||$ 15.1 million||$ 14.8 million|
|revenue||$ 19.6 million||$ 19.8 million|
|Board games||$ 5.2 million||$ 5.8 million|
|key||$ 14.4 million||$ 13.9 million|
Source: Ohio Casino Control Commission
|Nationwide||December 2019||December 2018|
|key||$ 94.9 million||$ 89.7 million|
|Pct, To, To, To Be, To, To Be, Payoff||90.9%||91.0%|
|JACK Thistledown Racino|
|key||$ 12.2 million||$ 10.9 million|
|Pct, To, To, To Be, To, To Be, Payoff||90.5%||90.8%|
|Hard Rock Rocksino|
|key||$ 22.2 million||$ 21.8 million|
|Pct, To, To, To Be, To, To Be, Payoff||91.1%||91.4%|
|Hollywood Mahoning Valley|
|key||$ 10.8 million||$ 10.1 million|
|Pct, To, To, To Be, To, To Be, Payoff||90.1%||90.4%|
|key||$ 15.7 million||$ 15.6 million|
|Pct, To, To, To Be, To, To Be, Payoff||90.1%||90.5%|
|Miami Valley Gaming|
|key||$ 16.1 million||$ 14.9 million|
|Pct, To, To, To Be, To, To Be, Payoff||91.3%||91.4%|
|key||$ 7.7 million||$ 7.0 million|
|Pct, To, To, To Be, To, To Be, Payoff||90.1%||91.4%|
|key||$ 10.2 million||$ 10.1 million|
|Pct, To, To, To Be, To, To Be, Payoff||91.0%||90.4%|
Source: Ohio Lottery Commission
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