MGM Growth Properties out of Las Vegas has announced its intentions to purchase Hard Rock for $1.06 billion. MGM has indicated they will hold onto the real estate but sell the entities holding the gaming licenses and operating assets to a third-party operator.
Depends on who you ask. Eilers & Krejcik Gaming is an outfit that tracks gambling legislation nationwide. They believe Ohio is one of 11 states that has a good chance of enacting sports gambling legislation. A report on ESPN has Ohio in the “no legislation activity yet” category, but Eilers ...
Casino employees are now allowed to gamble in casinos where they don’t work. They have always been allowed to gamble in racinos. Racino employees could always gamble at casinos or other racinos. The rule against casino employees gambling has been in effect since Ohio legalized casinos. However, according to a bill ...
Hollywood Columbus was sanctioned for a second time by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The casino was fined $10,000 and required to provide additional employee training. A number of casino operated slot machines had unapproved software. The casino also failed to properly maintain a list of those slot machines in ...
Barring an appeal, the final challenge to the constitutionality of Ohio’s casinos has ended. Last Fall, a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas judge ruled against Frederick Kinsey, the last of seventeen members of Ohio Roundtable who had filed a lawsuit in 2011 challenging the constitutionality of casino gambling in Ohio. The ...
The Columbus Dispatch analyzed gambling in Ohio for the period 2012-15. $62.9 billion was bet at Ohio’s legal gambling establishments with winning payouts totaling $53.3 billion, leaving $9.7 billion that people lost gambling. The casinos to date have generated over $1 billion in tax revenue. Ohio cities and counties have received over $660,000 ...
Horseshoe Cleveland and Horseshoe Cincinnati have been fined by the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC). The Cleveland casino was fined $50,000 for issues involving its surveillance system. Inadequate coverage of table games was discovered during a routine audit by the OCCC several months ago. It was the failure of the casino to resolve ...
For the fourth consecutive month, Ohio’s seven racinos have exceeded the four casinos in revenue. July racino revenues totaled a near record $73.1 million, only behind May’s $73.6 million. Casino revenues totaled $69.5 million, a modest $1.5 million above last year (2.2%) but $6 million more than in June. Horseshoe Cleveland saw no ...
According to a recent report by RubinBrown LLP, Ohio had the largest annual increase in gaming revenues in 2014. 23 states have commercialized gambling. Only eight increased revenues in 2014. Ohio’s $1.45 billion was a 35.5 percent increase over 2013 revenues. Three new racinos opened in 2014. But the picture was ...
A recent Moody’s Investors Service analysis seems to think so. Some observations from their report: An aging population. People 65 and older don’t have as much discretionary income that gambling really relies on. At the other end, younger people aren’t as interested in gambling as older generations. And those who are interested prefer technology ...