Ohio casinos

Casino Regulators Crackdown On Sketchy Gaming

Nov 16, 2016
Ohio Casino Control Commission

Casino regulators are cracking down on sketchy gaming facilities that are breaking the law by trying to imitate operations such as Chuck-E-Cheese and Dave and Busters.

Except for at the state’s four casinos, Ohio law forbids people from operating games that do not rely completely on skill and that payout cash prizes.

But the state’s casino control commission has seen an increase in so-called “skill game” parlors popping up around Ohio.

Schools May Be Missing Out On Casino Revenue

Jun 16, 2015
State Sen. Bill Coley says over the past three years, the lost tax revenue amounts to roughly $165 million.
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 When Ohio voters gave the "okay" for casinos to hit the state more than five years ago, there was a catch. Operators would have to pay a 33 percent tax on their revenue, calculated by subtracting "promotional credits" and payouts from their overall earnings. A chunk of that money then would be funneled to local governments and schools. One state senator thinks the current equation means districts are losing big.


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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.

December Revenues Up At Ohio's 4 Casinos

Jan 7, 2015

Ohio's four casinos had a better holiday than they did a year ago.

The latest revenue figures show the casinos in Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati all saw their revenue increase in December compared with the same time in 2013.

The two Horseshoe casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati saw the biggest increases. Cleveland was up by $3 million to just over $21 million for all of December.

Statewide, the state's four casinos pulled in nearly $71 million in December. That's up almost 12 percent compared with the same month in 2013.

Ohio Casinos See Revenues Drop In November

Dec 8, 2014
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Adam Tinworth

Total revenue at Ohio's four full-service casinos dropped by just under $1 million from October to November.

The state's casinos pulled in $62.9 million in all of November. That's down about 10 percent compared with a year ago.

Casinos in Toledo, Cleveland and Columbus all saw their revenue drop off last month, while Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino was up nearly $2 million from the previous month.

Cleveland's casino saw a 20-percent drop in November compared with the same month a year ago, while Cincinnati had a 10-percent drop.

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.

Calls to Ohio's problem-gambling hotline have increased with the opening of casinos in Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

The Columbus Dispatch reports about 3,200 people have called the line this year, and there was a noticeable increase from September to October, the month Ohio's third casino opened in Columbus.

An Ohio Casino Control Commission official says most calls are from people whose gambling caused serious personal or financial problems.

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Adam Tinworth

The governor is considering a deal that would relocate a suburban Cleveland horse racing track to another area of
northeast Ohio.

According to The Akron Beacon Journal, a spokesman for Gov. John Kasich says the administration is looking at a proposal to move the track to Akron.

A company whose workers were hurt when a floor collapsed at an Ohio casino construction site says it's ready to resume work when investigators decide it's safe.

More than a dozen people were hurt Friday morning at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati site, where they were pouring a section of concrete floor. Most were treated for bumps and scrapes and released.

The president of Cincinnati-based Jostin Construction says four employees suffered orthopedic injuries. Three needed surgery.

Adam Tinworth

One of Ohio's four new casinos is ready to interview candidates as it looks to fill hundreds of jobs.

The casino coming to Toledo holds the first of three job fairs on Tuesday to talk with people who applied for work online. Multiple media outlets report the openings are in food and beverage service, maintenance and janitorial work, security, gaming operations and cashiering.

The Toledo casino had hoped to open in the spring with 1,200 employees. However, a consultant has recommended a delay to allow more time for a licensing investigation.