Ranking Ohio’s Largest Casinos – October 2023

Written By C.J. Pierre on September 29, 2023 - Last Updated on October 19, 2023
Ranking Ohio casinos

Folks in Ohio have a ton of gambling options around the state. Gamblers can choose from four traditional casinos in the state’s biggest cities on top of the seven racinos that also offer horse racing.

Each venue has something a little bit different to offer. Some of them are bigger than others. Some gamblers may want to feel like they are in Las Vegas and are looking for a mammoth-sized venue. Meanwhile, others may enjoy a bit more peace and are more interested in smaller and more intimate locations.

Either way, we’ve got you covered. Here is a ranking of the Ohio casinos and racinos based on size.

1. MGM Northfield Park Racino

MGM Northfield Park tops this list. The venue is located 20 miles south of Cleveland and 20 miles north of Akron. Spoiler alert: a few racinos will be near the top of this list because the venue’s racetrack is a part of the overall gaming space.

Northfield Park has a 200,000 square foot gaming space and has nearly 2000 slot machines or video lottery terminals (VLTs). Even though there aren’t any live or electronic table games or poker tables, this venue makes up for that thanks to its sheer size.

2. Miami Valley Gaming Racino

Slightly smaller in size, the Miami Valley Gaming Racino offers over 2200 gaming machines and harness racing in season. The venue, with a gaming space of 186,000 square feet, is located off I-75 at Exit 29 between Cincinnati and Dayton.

Miami Valley gaming has a host of slot and video poker machines that eclipses the larger Northfield Park. However, this list is purely about size. It is also important to note the vast amount of gaming options visitors have at their disposal.

3. Hollywood Casino Columbus

The first Ohio casino makes it on the list. Hollywood Casino Columbus opened in 2012. The $400 million casino is located on a 123-acre site in Columbus, Ohio, which was the former location of General Motors/Delphi Automotive Plant.

This is the biggest of all Ohio casinos in terms of gambling space, at around 160,000 square feet. Visitors can access nearly 2,000 slot machines, over 60 table games and more than 30 live poker tables. A Barstool Sportsbook is also available.

4. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway

Another one of the great Ohio racinos hits the list with Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. It opened in 2014 on a 121-acre brownfield site north of downtown Dayton.

The venue includes a 5/8-mile harness racing track with a grandstand, a simulcast area and more than 130,000 square feet of gambling space. The facility is home to over 1,100 video slot machines of various denominations, live betting options on standardbred harness racing from September to December, and simulcast wagering on top races nationwide.

5. Hollywood Casino Toledo

The Hollywood Casino Toledo is the next of the four Ohio casinos on the list. At 125,000 square feet, there are around 2000 slot machine games, 59 table games and 19 poker tables.

Once again, there is also a Barstool retail sportsbook available. Hollywood Casino Toledo is located minutes from downtown Toledo, just off I-75, on the south bank of the Maumee River.

6. Scioto Downs Racino

Scioto Downs, also known as Eldorado Scioto Downs, is a racino located in Columbus, Ohio. The venue holds 117,000 square feet of gaming space with over 2,400 VLTs.

Now, while Scioto Downs isn’t the biggest Ohio racino, it is near the top in terms of gaming machines available. You can also bet on horse races from May to September and simulcast racing all year long.

7. Jack Cleveland Casino

JACK Cleveland Casino in downtown Cleveland is located in the former Higbee Building, the landmark department store that served the city for decades. The venue features over 100,000 square feet of space, along with 1,609 slot machines, 119 table games, 28 poker tables, and 35 electronic table games. A retail betJACK Sportsbook also opened at the casino in January 2023.

8. Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati

Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati is a premium gambling venue in downtown Cincinnati. The venue opened in 2020 as a rebranded version of the JACK Casino Cincinnati.

Hard Rock Cincinnati’s 100,000 square foot gambling floor is packed with slots and table games. Patrons can try roughly 1,600 slot machines, close to 100 table games and daily tournaments in the casino’s poker room. There is also a Hard Rock retail sportsbook open at the casino.

9. Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley is a racino located in Youngstown. The gambling venue opened in 2014, offering access to casino games and horse races.

The 100,000 square foot casino and racecourse boasts a one-mile track, over 1,000 slot machines, VLTs and keno.

10. Jack Thistledown Racino

The JACK Thistledown Racino is a horse racing and gambling facility on the outskirts of Cleveland. The venue hosts live thoroughbred and simulcast horse racing. Its most notable race is the Ohio Derby.

The casino’s 57,000 square foot gambling floor houses roughly 1,400 VLTs. While the main gambling floor is smoke-free, the venue recently opened a 12,000-square-foot outdoor smoking patio with 250 VLTs and a 10-seat bar.

11. Belterra Park Cincinnati Racino

Belterra Park opened in 1925 as the Coney Island Racetrack. It was later renamed the River Downs Racetrack. Now known as the Belterra Park Racino, it hosts racing and casino gaming. It is located in Anderson Township,  about 10 minutes from downtown Cincinnati.

The gaming space is 48,000 square feet with over 1,300 VLTs. However, the racing portion of Belterra’s business has always been its primary focus.

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C.J. Pierre is a Lead Writer at PlayOhio. He has been covering news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and is an alum of Minnesota State University: Moorhead. He recently dove into tribal casino, sports betting and online gambling news. He also covered the launch of sports betting in Arizona. C.J. has experience as a reporter and videographer and has covered high school, college and professional sports throughout his career, most notably following Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings and North Dakota State University football.

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