October Marked Worst Month Of 2023 For Ohio Casinos

Written By C.J. Pierre on December 1, 2023 - Last Updated on December 6, 2023
Graph showing October decline for Ohio casino revenue

Ohio casino revenue suffered a slight drop in October. While the fall wasn’t dramatic, it did break a streak of 10 consecutive months of at least $80 million in gross gaming revenue.

According to figures released by the Ohio Casino Control Commission, gross gaming revenue from the state’s four casino properties totaled $79.3 million in October. It’s the lowest monthly total so far in 2023. The numbers represent a decrease from September’s $83.1 million and a 4.4% drop from October 2022 revenue totals.

Thus far, in 2023, Ohio casinos have brought in $842.8 million in gross gaming revenue. So, despite the drop from September to October, Ohio casinos are still one of the state’s most reliable money makers.

Ohio casinos are still on pace for record year

Despite October’s dip, 2023 is on track to be the most profitable year ever for Ohio casinos. Ohio casinos are currently on pace to generate over $1.01 billion in 2023, slightly over last year’s record-breaking total of just over $1 billion. But lawmakers haven’t legalized Ohio online casinos yet.

Ohio gamblers put $746.7 million into slot machines in October. Ohio’s casino properties netted $57.9 million from those wagers. Meanwhile, specifically from table games at the four casinos was $21.4 million in October. Table drop, the amount of money gamblers bet at casino table games, was $93 million.

Ohio casino revenue in October

CasinoTable Game RevenueSlot RevenueTotals
Jack Casino Cleveland$8,324,330$13,143,018$21,467,348
Hollywood Casino Columbus$4,329,846$16,960,149$21,289,995
Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati$6,159,146$12,787,360$18,946,506
Hollywood Casino Toledo$2,598,415$15,074,254$17,672,669

All four Ohio casinos saw a slight decline in revenue from September to October. However, Jack Cleveland Casino did enough to retake the No. 1 spot as the highest-grossing casino in Ohio. Hollywood Casino Columbus regained the top spot in September. The two venues have gone back and forth at No. 1 over the past three months.

Once again, the margin between Jack Cleveland and Hollywood Columbus was razor thin, with Jack Cleveland having the edge by just $177,000. That’s even smaller than Hollywood Columbus’ margin of victory in September of $669,000.

Hard Rock Cincinnati totaled $18.9 million in October revenue. Meanwhile, Hollywood Casino Toledo brought in $17.6 million.

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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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