Ohio casinos bring in less during October; racinos grow

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Ohio casinos bring in less during October; racinos grow

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Three racinos, including Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway in Dayton, opened last year in Ohio, helping the state increase its gambling revenue by 35.5 percent over 2013, the biggest gain among the 23 states that allow commercial gaming. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Revenues at Ohio’s full-service casinos slumped more than 6 percent in October, but the state’s racinos continued to increase revenues.

Gambling revenue at Ohio’s four casinos totaled $62.6 million in October, making it the worst in more than two and a half years, according to figures released Monday by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The last time revenues were lower was in January, 2014 — a month which saw some casinos close for a few days because of weather.

The Jack Cleveland Casino led the retreat, with October gambling revenues slipping 13 percent from last year to $15.4 million. Revenues at Jack Cincinnati Casino were also down significantly from 2015, falling 10 percent to $14.3 million.

The state reported Hollywood Casino Toledo revenues fell 1.5 percent from last year to $15.3 million.

The Hollywood Casino Columbus was the only one of the four to improve from last year, with revenues up 2 percent to $17.6 million.

Gaming revenues at the state’s seven horse tracks with video slot machines was up almost 16 percent through October.

Miami Valley Gaming near Monroe increased revenues from $11 million to $11.5 million in October. Hollywood Gaming in Dayton increased revenues from $7.4 million to $7.8 million.

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