Did you win or lose? Ohio casinos, racinos have record year

TY GREENLEES / STAFF
TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Did you win or lose some money at one of the state’s casinos or racinos last year? It looks like a lot of us at least tried to in 2019.

Combined revenue from the 11 Ohio casinos and racinos was $1.94 billion in 2019, a record since the first casino in the Buckeye State opened in May 2012. The revenue is the amount of money kept by the venues after they pay out winnings for slots, horse betting and table gaming. It doesn’t include the food or drinks you bought drowning or celebrating your wins.

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Ohio casino gambling revenue in 2019 totaled $851 million, up 1.6% from the previous year. The previous record for statewide revenues was $821.3 million in 2013, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

For the seven racinos, revenue was up 6.2% to $1.1 billion, or $155.8 million per property, according to the Ohio Lottery Commission.

Miami Valley Gaming in Monroe had $16.1 million in revenue, compared to $14.9 million in 2018. Hollywood Dayton increased from $10.1 million in revenue in 2018 to $10.2 million last year.

The top three Ohio gaming location in 2019 were the MGM Northfield Park racino with $253.6 million, Hollywood Casino Columbus with $229.2 million, and JACK Cleveland Casino with $212.1 million, according to the state.

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