As for revenue, the racino VLTs collected $94,307,194 in October, a 1.7% increase over September’s total of $92,773,859. Again, that’s very close to the revenue levels from the winter months, before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all gaming facilities nationwide including those in the Buckeye State. February’s revenue was $95.5 million.
In the 2020-21 fiscal year, which started in July for racinos, the seven facilities — Belterra Park in Cincinnati, Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs in Columbus, MGM Northfield, Hollywood Gaming Dayton, Hollywood Mahoning Valley in Youngstown, JACK Thistledown in Cleveland and Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon – have already pulled in $4.023 billion. That’s nearly half of the coronavirus-impacted total of $9.032 billion from the 2019-20 fiscal year that ended in June.
OHIO CASINOS INCREASE NEARLY $3 MILLION IN OCTOBER
Meanwhile, the state’s four casinos also saw their total revenues rise in October, with an increase of nearly $3 million from September, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission report.
Ohio casinos pulled in $74,798,699 in October compared to $71,874,064 in September. The facilities set a state record in July with more than $86 million in revenue.
The Hollywood Columbus led the Ohio casino contingent in October with $20,344,955. All four casinos tend to draw similar figures in revenue, with a few million separating top from bottom, and that was the case again in October as JACK Cleveland Casino drew $18,743,361, Hollywood Toledo Casino recorded $18,594,358 and Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati took in $17,116,025.