Racino

A conservative group wants the Ohio Supreme Court to decide whether Gov. John Kasich and the legislature illegally expanded gambling in Ohio by allowing Ohio’s seven horseracing tracks to become “racinos” with the installation of electronic slot machines. 

But before a group of racino opponents can make the argument against the video slots, there’s the issue of whether the group has the authority to file the lawsuit in the first place. The group’s lawyer Tom Connors says it does.

casino, gambling
Adam Tinworth

Some state lawmakers say casino revenue hasn’t been as high as originally promised a few years ago when Ohio voters approved those casinos. So the lawmakers say they will introduce a bill that would rein in a tax break those casinos have been receiving.

Republican State Senator Bill Coley has a message for casino owners who he says have broken promises made to voters.

Former Racehorses Find New Vocations

Jan 15, 2015
Renee Wilde

The legalization of gambling in Ohio is spurring newly built racinos, casino-racetrack hybrids.  As a result, there’s been a resurgence of popularity in the Harness racing industry, and Ohio is now the second largest producer of standard-bred horses. In 2015, there will be over 1,100 standard-bred mares in Ohio giving birth to the next generation of harness racing horses. But what happens to all those horses once their careers end? Community Voices producer Renee Wilde discovered one option for these retired racehorses, and she had another motive.

The race track at the north Dayton racino under construction in 2014. Racino owner Penn National can't agree with the state of Ohio on a relocation payment to the city of Dayton.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The mayor of Dayton says the state needs to act soon to get the city a $500,000 racino payment it’s owed by law. The money got hung up at the very end of the recent lame-duck session, when Governor John Kasich vetoed a line-item amendment to a bill that resolved a long-standing dispute over the money.

hollywood gaming racino at dayton raceway casino
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

  The city of Dayton could get an injection of extra cash this year from the new racino, but the owners of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway aren’t happy about having to pay.

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Adam Tinworth

Ohio's casino revenue took a dive at all four sites across the state in September.

The latest monthly totals released Tuesday show all four had a decline from August. Combined, the casinos also posted lower overall revenue numbers compared with September a year ago.

Casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo pulled in just over $63 million last month. That was down by $5.5 million from September 2013.

hollywood gaming racino at dayton raceway casino
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway opened Thursday to great fanfare.  The gaming facility features more than a thousand lottery terminals, five restaurants and lounges, and a 1930s-style décor. Even before opening, the gaming facility has been a boost to the Dayton economy.

Penn National Gaming Inc., says 90% of the employees working there have been hired from the Miami Valley. Mayor Nan Whaley called the North Dayton gaming facility a welcome addition to the city.

Gary DeWitt, the general manager of the new Hollywood Gaming racino in north Dayton, points out features of the main gaming room.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The Hollywood Gaming racino in north Dayton is getting closer to its opening day. Parent company Penn National spent around $6 million on cleanup of the old Delphi plant site, and now a new building, a racetrack, and almost 2000 parking spots are going in at the corner of Needmore and Wagner Ford roads.

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Ohio casino revenue numbers are out for the month of May, and month-to-month revenues are up for the state’s four casinos. But with a new racino on the way, there’s growing competition for those gambling dollars in southwest Ohio.

Redevelopment of the fairgrounds in one southwestern Ohio county is on hold as state officials figure out the details of distributing $12 million in payments to communities affected by the legalization of racinos.

Lebanon in Warren County, north of Cincinnati, is the first of four communities around Ohio eligible for up to $3 million from a fund set up as part of the 2011 law that allowed racetrack owners to add electronic slot machines.

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