November was a bit of a down month for Ohio gaming compared to October, perhaps not surprising in a month with holiday festivities going on.
The 11 casinos or racino locations in the state combined to bring in $178,784,892 worth of revenue for November. That is a 7.2% decline vs. the $192.7 million in October at those brick-and-mortar outlets.
Real money online casino options are not available in Ohio.
This has still been a strong year at Ohio casinos and racinos, which combined to set the state record for revenue in April at $217 million.
Here are three takeaways from the second-to-last month of the year at Ohio gaming outlets.
Ohio’s four commercial casinos recorded $78,099,198 in revenue for November, according to the monthly report from the Ohio Casino Control Commission. That was a 3.5% decrease from the $80.95 million in October.
Hard Rock Cincinnati was the only casino to increase its revenue in a month-to-month comparison, taking in $19.41 million in November, a bump from October’s $19.3 million.
As for the other three facilities, JACK Cleveland Casino led the state with $20.96 million in revenue last month, followed by Hollywood Columbus at $20.38 million and JACK Cincinnati at $16.9 million.
The total slot handle, or coin in, for Ohio casinos was $682.6 million, down by more than $45 million compared to October’s $728.4 million.
The seven racinos – or racetracks offering slot machines – reported $100.7 million in combined net win for November, a 9.9% drop in revenue compared to October, Ohio Lottery figures indicated.
MGM Northfield Park was atop November revenue figures among Ohio’s racinos with $21.25 million. In second place was Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs, which reported almost $17.4 million, then came Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon at $16.9 million. The rest of the racino revenues were: JACK Thistledown ($14.25 million), Hollywood Gaming Dayton ($11.71 million), Hollywood Mahoning Valley in Austintown ($11.69 million), and Belterra Park Cincinnati ($7.5 million).
The on-again, off-again prospect of legal sports betting in The Buckeye State is heating up as the new year approaches.
State Sen. Kirk Schuring, a Republican representing Canton, said this week he is confident a sports betting bill will get out of a conference committee and hit the floor for a full vote.
The aim is for the bill to include a mobile sports betting option and for the operation to launch by Jan. 1, 2023. Neighboring states Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan and Indiana already have legal sports betting.
Just last month, Schuring told a Canton radio station that there was still a fair amount of work to be done for a sports betting bill to get through the state legislature in time before this year’s session ends on Wednesday.