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  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
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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.
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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.

An official at the racino under construction in Dayton says most of the hiring will happen this summer - but smokers need not apply.

Gary DeWitt, general manager of the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, wouldn't say how many people will be hired or how many will be full-time at the new track being built on the site of an old automotive plant.

But he did say they won't hire smokers. All Penn National Gaming establishments require employees to be non-smokers. The harness-racing track, which also will feature 1,000 slot machines, will be smoke-free.

Revenues at each of Ohio's four casinos declined in December, leading to the worst statewide showing in the nine months that all four were open.

Figures released yesterday by the Ohio Casino Control Commission show casino revenue statewide declined 9.8 percent. The casinos are in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

The Cincinnati casino opened in March, and the others opened in 2012. The statewide December revenue of $63.2 million was the lowest full-month total with all four facilities open.

About 20,000 people are expected to descend on Ohio’s newest racino Thursday.  The new gaming facility in Turtlecreek Township is expected to be a boon to the local economy.

Warren County Economic Development Director, Martin Russell, says Miami Valley Gaming’s new $175 million dollar racino means big revenue for the county.

“I think that when you talk about jobs, you talk about capital investment, you talk about bringing in more people inside of Warren County...this is going to really broaden our economic base," ​said Russell.

The company behind a southwest Ohio racino says the project should be finished by its target date next year, though demolition and cleanup work at the Dayton site is taking longer than expected.

An official from Penn National Gaming tells the Ohio State Racing Commission workers are taking extra time to clean up concrete slabs at the site, which is a former manufacturing plant. He says the project is lagging behind construction of another Penn National racino near Youngstown that doesn't involve industrial cleanup.

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