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Ohio casinos register record September


Ohio’s licensed gambling premises enjoyed another record month in September with a 6.1% year-on-year increase in revenue.

The state’s casinos and racinos brought in $164.6m during September, well up on the $155.1m registered in the same month last year.

However, the figure was down on the previous two months, which had seen a surge as venues reopened following lockdown from March to June. September was down 4.7% on August and 9.4% on July.

Ohio’s four casinos brought in $71.9m in revenue in September, which was up slightly on the $68.4m registered in the same month in 2019.

Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Columbus Casino was the top performer, with revenue of $19.2m. After bumper months in July and August, its sister venue, Hollywood Toledo Casino, fell from the top spot down to $18.8m.

Revenue at the state’s seven racinos, which offer video lottery terminals, was up 6.9% year-on-year to $92.7m, although again down slightly on July and August.

MGM Northfield Park was the top-performing racetrack, contributing $19.9m to the monthly total.

Earlier this year the Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill that would legalise both retail and mobile sports wagering in the US state. The legislation laid out plans for the Ohio Lottery Commission to take responsibility for regulating the market.

The bill has not progressed since it was introduced the state Senate early in June, however.

Operators that secure a sports gaming agent licence in the state would be subject to a tax rate of 10% on sports wagering receipts.

Ohio is the seventh most populous state in the US with a population of 11.7 million.

Last month, Unibet operator Kindred struck market access deals with regional casino operator Penn National Gaming to offer online betting and gaming in Ohio as well as Illinois.