Tag: gambling



Gambling by the Numbers

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 ... Read More



Daily Fantasy Sports

The uproar over daily fantasy sports games has made its way into statehouses across the country. Thirty states have pending bills. This week, Virginia became the first state to sign into law regulations that govern daily fantasy sports. Among the provisions of the Fantasy Contest Act: all players must be 18 or older, ... Read More


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 ... Read More


A 159-count indictment against eight individuals and two businesses has been unsealed in Cuyahoga County. Charges included racketeering for distributing illegal video slot machines to bars across the state, primarily in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Ashland, Lake and Wayne counties. According to the office of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, those indicted profited ... Read More



Horseshoe Cincinnati #1

The greater Cincinnati area is one of the most competitive gambling markets in the state, with seven gambling facilities. Hollywood Lawrenceburg, located in Indiana, has dominated the area for years, routinely taking in two thirds of the market’s gambling dollars. But in 2014, Horseshoe Cincinnati, with revenues of $197.6 million, ... Read More



Survey Says

A study conducted by Oxford Economics indicates that the gaming industry was responsible for $2.2 billion of Ohio’s economy in 2013. The industry employed nearly 14,000 and generated $672.5 million in tax revenues. Gambling revenue totaled $1.07 billion, well below the $1.9 billion that was projected in 2009 when gambling ... Read More


Every gambling establishment that was open a year ago (4 casinos and 2 racinos) experienced revenue declines in November. Hollywood Columbus had the smallest decline, $16.8 million which was down from $17.5 million a year ago, a 4.1% decrease. Hollywood Toledo had the next smallest decline with revenues of $14 ... Read More



September Revenues Down

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



Illegal Gambling

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



Columbus Revenues Up

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