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Latest News

April 22, 2014

  • March Revenues Up
    For the second consecutive month, revenues were up at all 8 of Ohio’s gambling venues.
  • Austintown Race Dates
    The Ohio State Racing Commission issued a racing permit and approved Penn National Gaming’s 2014 race dates for the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

April 21, 2014

  • Hollywood Columbus Fined
    The Columbus casino became the last of Ohio’s four casinos to be fined by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
  • Internet Cafes Returning?
    Willoughby Hills, a city in northeast Ohio near Cleveland, is considering a business model proposed by attorneys for Internet cafes.

March 19, 2014

  • Further Regulation of Skill Games
    HB 472 (Governor Kasich’s mid-biennium budget review) has been introduced. In it, Kasich seeks further regulation of skill-game arcades.

March 12, 2014

  • Lottery Machines Approved for VFW, Fraternal Organization
    The state Controlling Board unanimously approved the purchase of 1,200 ‘next generation’ gaming machines for use at VFW posts and fraternal organizations.
  • Austintown Racino Agreement Signed
    Penn National Gaming and the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association formally signed an agreement that “covers all aspects of thoroughbred racing” at Hollywood Gaming in Austintown.

March 11, 2014

  • Revenues Up in February
    All eight gambling venues (4 casinos and 4 racinos) saw an increase in February’s revenue over January’s revenue.
  • Thistledown Decision Nearing
    Before Thistledown opened last year, an agreement was reached with the Governor’s office that would allow the track to be moved to the Akron-Canton area within 12 miles of the city of Green.

March 10, 2014

March 7, 2014

March 6, 2014

  • Cincinnati Casino Fined
    Horseshoe Cincinnati has been fined $75,000 by the Ohio Casino Control Commission for failing to keep complete credit files and violating state law on how credit is issued.
  • More Casino Legal News
    A patron at Horseshoe Cincinnati has filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the casino.

January 20, 2014

  • December Revenues
    The chilly December temperatures had a chilling effect on all of Ohio’s gaming establishments.
  • 2013 Revenues
    For the year, Ohio’s four casinos and four racinos generated combined revenues of $1.07 billion.

January 17, 2014

  • Electronic Raffle Machines Update
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine further clarified his position on the Ohio Lottery’s proposal to supply VFW posts and fraternal organizations with ‘next generation’ lottery machines.

January 3, 2014

  • Electronic Raffle Machines
    VFW posts and fraternal organizations will be allowed to continue operating electronic raffle machines, at least for the next several months.
  • November Revenues
    Overall, revenues from Ohio’s gambling venues were up slightly from October.

January 2, 2014

  • Two More Racinos Open
    The village of Smithville became the second entity in Ohio to outright ban Internet cafes.
  • Austintown Racino Update
    Penn National Gaming and the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association have reached a tentative agreement over the number of stalls to be built at the new Austintown racino.

November 27, 2013

November 26, 2013

  • Smithville Bans Internet Cafes
    The village of Smithville became the second entity in Ohio to outright ban Internet cafes.
  • Racino News
    The Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield is scheduled to open on December 18.

November 12, 2013

  • Electronic Raffle Games
    First the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine orders veteran and fraternal organizations to cease operating electronic raffle games because he claims they are a form of illegal gambling.
  • October Revenues
    With the exception of Horseshoe Cincinnati, Ohio’s casinos and racinos rebounded from a rough September.

November 11, 2013

  • Slots and VLTs
    Despite having the fewest number of slots or VLT’s of all Ohio casinos and racinos, Thistledown grossed the highest revenue in October, generating an average of $361 per day per machine.
  • Austintown Racino
    Penn National Gaming has turned down offers from Youngstown, Niles and McDonald to provide water service to its Austintown racino currently being built.

November 4, 2013

  • VLTs Update
    State ex rel. Walgate v. Kasich, Supreme Court of Ohio Case No. 2013-0656, challenges the constitutionality of Ohio’s VLTs.

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