For only the second time since commercial gambling was legalized in Ohio, revenues from Ohio’s seven racinos ($70.5 million) exceeded those of the state’s four casinos ($69.5 million).
Hard Rock racino, with revenues of $17.2 million in April, led the way with a 17.7 percent increase over last year. Scioto Downs was next with revenues of $12.4 million, which was a 7.9 percent increase over last year. Miami Valley was virtually the same. Revenues of $10.6 million was .1 percent lower than last year. Thistledown experienced the largest decline. The $9.7 million in revenues was 7.6 percent less than last year. Belterra Park, Hollywood Dayton and Hollywood Mahoning were not yet open at this time a year ago.
Hollywood Columbus led the way among the casinos. April revenues of $18.6 million represented a 7.2 percent increase over last year. Hollywood Toledo’s $16.7 million in revenues was 3.6 percent higher than last year. The other two casinos experienced declines. Horseshoe Cincinnati dropped 4.8 percent to $15.9 million and Horseshoe Cleveland dipped 2.8 percent to $18.3 million.