Tag: gambling

14

Oct2014

September Revenues Down

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The 9 gambling facilities in Ohio that have been open for at least 30 days all experienced revenue declines from August. On the casino front, Horseshoe Cincinnati saw the smallest decline, less than 1%.  Hollywood Toledo revenues declined 8.9% from August while Horseshoe Cleveland dropped 18% and Hollywood Columbus 12%. From ... Read More

13

Aug2014

Illegal Gambling

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After several complaints from local residents, the Ohio Attorney General’s office executed a search warrant against the House of Skills, a business in Smith Township in Mahoning county. The business is suspected of operating casino gaming devices and providing cash payouts. Games of skill are permitted in Ohio but cash ... Read More

13

Aug2014

Columbus Revenues Up

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July was a mixed bag for Ohio’s gambling establishments.  Hollywood Columbus revenues were up ever so slightly (.4%) from a year ago and Hollywood Toledo was up 6.4%.  Horseshoe Cleveland (10.7%) and Horseshoe Cincinnati (15.5%) saw significant decreases from last year.  Overall, casino revenues in Ohio were down 5.6% from ... Read More

22

Jul2014
Ohio now has nine gambling establishments open with four casinos and five racinos.  The final two racinos are set to open later this year. June was one of the leanest months so far.  All nine venues showed a decline from May, resulting in an 11% overall drop. Six establishments have been open ... Read More

22

Jul2014
Earlier this year the state Controlling Board had unanimously approved the purchase of 1,200 ‘next generation’ gaming machines for use at VFW posts and fraternal lodges.  This was seen as a legal solution to Attorney General Mike DeWine’s opinion that existing video raffle machines were illegal gambling.  VFW and fraternal ... Read More

25

Jun2014

Argosy Purchased

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Penn National Gaming, Inc. has agreed to be purchased by Fortress Investment Group, LLC., according to an article in the Cincinnati Post. Penn National operates several casinos across the United States, including the Argosy in Lawrenceburg, Indiana - just across the river from Ohio. According to the article, Fortress offered ... Read More

22

Apr2014

March Revenues Up

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For the second consecutive month, revenues were up at all 8 of Ohio’s gambling venues. A longer month and an extra weekend most likely played a role in double-digit increases in 7 of the 8 venues. Horseshoe Cincinnati showed the biggest increase among the casinos. The $20.16 million represented a 22% ... Read More

21

Apr2014
The Columbus casino became the last of Ohio’s four casinos to be fined by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. As part of a settlement between the casino and the OCCC, Hollywood Columbus was fined $75,000 for failing to maintain proper credit files and violating state law on how credit is ... Read More

21

Apr2014
Willoughby Hills, a city in northeast Ohio near Cleveland, is considering a business model proposed by attorneys for Internet cafes. Under this model, a person selects a game to play and then pushes a button that will tell them if they will win or lose. Since the outcome is projected ... Read More

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Mar2014
HB 472 (Governor Kasich’s mid-biennium budget review) has been introduced. In it, Kasich seeks further regulation of skill-game arcades. Internet cafes were essentially shut down last year, but are beginning to reappear as ‘skill game’ arcades, which are electronic slot machines illegally paying out cash prizes. HB 472 attempts to tighten the ... Read More