Ohio’s gambling scene drops off in April, casinos not as productive
April proved to not be a good month for Ohio’s casinos
Ohio’s casino industry is still doing alright, although April saw a little bit of a dip compared to April of last year. The Ohio Casino Control Commission, in conjunction with the State Lottery Commission, has released the financial results for April and casino revenue stumbled 1.1% year-on-year.
The state’s casinos and racinos took in about $160.2 million last month, compared to the $162 million they took in a year earlier. Ohio operates four casinos – including JACK Cleveland Casino, JACK Cincinnati Casino, Hollywood Columbus and Hollywood Toledo – and several horse racing facilities that also offer gaming tables and slot machines. These include, among others, Belterra Park, Miami Valley Gaming, Scioto Downs and xMGM Northfield Park.
The only casino that was able to move in a positive direction last month is Hollywood Columbus. It took in $19.7 million for an increase of 0.4% over the $19.3 million it received a year earlier. The biggest loser was Hollywood Toledo, which saw its revenue drop $1.1 million to $17.1 million. JACK Cincinnati went from $17.5 million to $16.8 million year-on-year.
The racinos saw similar declines. Scioto Downs reported gross revenue of $14.2 million compared to the $15.4 million a year earlier. xMGM Northfield went from $22.8 million to $20.2 million, the biggest drop among the racinos.
Overall, the racinos came out slightly better than the casinos, with five of the seven seeing slight year-on-year gains compared to the drops in all the casinos except one.