Casinos and so-called racinos in the American state of Ohio collectively reported an impressive increase in gross gaming revenue (GGR) for the month of September, with gaming win totaling at $164 million.
Setting a record for Ohio’s gaming industry, Ohio’s four commercial casinos reported GGR of $71.9 million for September, with slot machines and table games generating $50.8 million and $21.9 million, respectively. Seven racinos of the state reported $92.7 million in GGR. It may be noted here that the four commercial casinos offer slot machines and table games, while the seven racinos offer only video gaming terminals (VGTs).
The gaming market of Cleveland fared particularly well. MGM Northfield Park reported gaming win of $19.9 million, while JACK Cleveland and JACK Thistledown reported wins of $18.1 million and $14.2 million, respectively. Those figures represent a year-over-year jump of 2.9 per cent for the MGM facility, and of 5.3 per cent and 20.8 per cent for JACK Cleveland and JACK Thistledown, respectively.
Hollywood Columbus reported $19.3 million in GGR for the month under review, while Hollywood Toledo, Eldorado Scioto Downs, Hard Rock Cincinnati, Miami Valley, and Hollywood Mahoning won $18.9 million, $16 million, $15.6 million, $14 million, and $11 million, respectively. Belterra Park generated GGR of $6.9 million. The Ohio Lottery Commission and Ohio Casino Control Commission, which regulates the lottery and casino businesses in the state, released the GGR data in its latest report.
September’s best ever performance is the third record monthly performance in a row. In the previous months of August and July, the state’s commercial casinos and racinos had reportedly GGRs of $172.1 million and $181.1 million, respectively. However, poker remains off-limits, just like live events and concerts.
The Buckeye State granted legal status to gambling in 2012, following long debates over the potential impacts of the controversial activity. Last month surfaced as the best September ever for the state’s casino industry, which suffered a lot during the Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown.
The gambling and entertainment facilities across the state remained closed for more than a couple of months due to the corona virus pandemic. The facilities started welcoming back patrons in June, at 50 per cent capacity and with a string of COVID-19 health safety protocols in place. Despite all those limitations and regulations, patrons gambled at higher rates than ever experienced, resulting in all-time high GGRs.