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Racino work begins in Austintown

The site is being cleared for a thoroughbred racetrack and casino, but construction is still on hold as owners wait for the proper permits and licenses on local and state levels.

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9/1/2015

article Holocaust survivors gamble on outing to casino, courtesy of Gilbert
(Ohio) -- Fifty-seven Holocaust survivors experienced a dramatic change of pace Aug. 19. Rather than have their weekly meeting in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, they...
article Horseshoe Casino adding rooftop bar
(Ohio) -- Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is set to debut its new rooftop bar this weekend. The Terrace Rooftop Bar, a 4,000-square-foot outdoor space on the casino’s...

8/30/2015

article 1 year later, did racino meet the mark?
(Ohio) -- The Dayton racino opened its doors one year ago; while Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is pulling out all the stops for its first anniversary celebrations...

8/28/2015

article Cleveland poker dealer may be most popular in the U.S.
(Ohio) -- Could the most popular poker dealer in the country work right here at Cleveland's Horseshoe Casino? It's a good possibility. Leslie Messmer is in the...
article Racino falls short on jobs promise
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway has delivered healthy revenue numbers during its first year in business, but the north Dayton racino has fallen far short of...
article Schools get another $754K from casinos
(Ohio) -- Clark and Champaign county schools will receive more than $754,000 in casino revenue this month, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation. This...
article Ohians for Responsible Gambling launch public awareness campaign urging responsible gambling
(Ohio) -- Janet Monk says she understood that her husband had problems, primarily with alcohol. But when he took his own life in November of 2014, she says was not...

8/27/2015

article Racino Celebrating One Year in Dayton
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway this weekend will celebrate a year in business. The racino has hosted more than 1.7 million visitors and given out jackpots...

8/26/2015

article Ohio coalition places bets on public campaign
(Ohio) -- On Tuesday, Janet Monk received another VIP invitation for her husband from an Indiana casino urging him to come back. But her husband will not return to...

8/23/2015

article Gambling just as much an addiction
(Ohio) -- There are many organizations dedicated to helping people kick the habit, whether that habit is tobacco, alcohol, prescription pills or other hard drugs.

8/22/2015

article Ohio launches campaign to combat problem gambling
(Ohio) -- The state is launching a new campaign targeting the 5 percent of Ohioans struggling with problem gambling. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Lottery...

8/20/2015

article Township: State reneged on racino money
(Ohio) -- When Belterra Park opened in 2014 it was promised to be a boom to Anderson Township. Trustee Russ Jackson said the racino has been great for the area. His beef...
article State launching new campaign to combat problem gambling
(Ohio) -- The state will double-down on problem gambling with a new education campaign kicking off Monday. The Ohio Lottery Commission, Ohio Casino Control Commission,...

8/18/2015

article Cost of policing Anderson racino has township worried
(Ohio) -- When Belterra racino opened in Anderson Township in May 2014, it had a frequent visitor: the police. Police have been called to Belterra Park Gaming &...

8/14/2015

article Casino ferry plan delayed, not sunk
(Ohio) -- Rising Star Casino's parent company's plan to re-establish ferry service between Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky has run aground – for...

8/12/2015

article Greater Cincinnati casino company grows with hotel acquisition
(Ohio) -- A Cincinnati entrepreneur is growing his gaming company with the purchase of its second property. Premier Gaming Group of Union partnered with the Virginia-...

8/10/2015

article Cincinnati casino workers file lawsuit
(Ohio) -- More than 100 past and present Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati employees have joined a lawsuit saying the company owes them pay, the Enquirer reports. The group of...
article Austintown racino has second biggest month in history
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course recorded the second biggest month of video lottery play since the gaming venue.opened last September. The Ohio...

8/9/2015

article July: Big month for Austintown VLTs
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course may be gearing up for a big year. During July, the Ohio Lottery Commission reports 78,823,064 credits played at...
article The one debate question that would stump every GOP candidate: Did you know there’s a casino next door?
(Ohio) -- As Republican presidential candidates descend upon Cleveland this week, they could be forgiven for not realizing that the casino gaming industry has blossomed...

8/8/2015

article Hollywood Casino Toledo revenues up from last year
(Ohio) -- State gaming officials said July revenues at Hollywood Casino Toledo were up 3.7 percent over last year, the largest increase among Ohio’s four casinos.
article Hollywood Casino, Grantville, slot revenue up in July
(Ohio) -- Slot machine revenues at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racetrack were up about 3 percent last month from a year ago, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming...

8/7/2015

article Workers say casino cheated them on pay
(Ohio) -- More than 100 past and present employees at Cincinnati’s Horseshoe casino say the company owes them back wages for making them work during breaks, beyond...
article Horseshoe Cincinnati revenue down nearly $5M compared to 2014
(Ohio) -- Revenue at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati was down by almost $5 million for the year compared to this time last year, according to data released by the Ohio...
article Central Ohio gambling venues saw gains in July
(Ohio) -- Columbus’ two gambling venues continue to show signs of steady revenue growth. Revenue at the Hollywood Casino Columbus totaled $18.2 million in July, up...
article Hollywood Casino Toledo focuses on gambling awareness
(Ohio) -- The Hollywood Casino Toledo is wrapping up a responsible gaming awareness week Saturday with a 5K run to raise money for a local mental health and addiction...

8/5/2015

article $2 million seized from Ohio casino winners for child support
(Ohio) -- Ohio authorities say they have seized $2 million in unpaid child support from jackpot winners at the state's casinos and racinos in the past 11 months....

8/4/2015

article Horseshoe Casino Cleveland hiring part-time dealers
(Ohio) -- Horseshoe Casino Cleveland is hiring 50 part-time table games dealers. The casino will provide free training. The six-week Table Games Academy begins Sept. 10...
article Rising Star Casino floats new plan for growth: Ferry rides to Rabbit Hash
(Ohio) -- An investment affiliate of Rising Star Casino has purchased a four-acre plot of riverfront land in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, apparently in pursuit of a ferry boat...

8/1/2015

article Bank rejects bid for property near Austintown racino
(Ohio) -- The bank that owns property across from Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course is still working to obtain a sum closer to the nearly $1 million...

7/25/2015

article Ohio Casino Tax Revenue Drops in Second Quarter
(Ohio) -- According to information released by the Ohio Department of Taxation, the state’s four casinos generated 7% less in tax revenue during the second quarter...

7/24/2015

article Casino tax revenue down in second quarter
(Ohio) -- Ohio’s four casinos produced about 7 percent less tax revenue in the second quarter of the year, funneling $64.2 million to cities, counties, schools and...

7/21/2015

article Bernie Kosar featured in video lottery machine at Hard Rock Rocksino (video)
(Ohio) -- Josie Laboy quickly lost $60 in the new Bernie Kosar gambling machine at Hard Rock Rockino Northfield Park, but she was unfazed. The Macedonia resident,...

7/19/2015

article Hollywood Gaming Hosts Job Fair
(Ohio) -- If you're looking for a full time job here in the Miami Valley head to the Hollywood Racino. Dozens turned out today for the company's job fair.
article Casino Ex-Workers, Others Charged In Cheating Scams In Ohio
(Ohio) -- Three former Cincinnati casino workers and others accused in two alleged cheating scams last year have been indicted on felony gambling charges.

7/18/2015

article Casino-tax revenue drops for Mahoning Valley governments
(Ohio) -- Casino-tax revenues reflecting gambling activity during the second quarter of this year have declined compared to those of the first quarter, according to the...
article Job seekers trying to land positions at Dayton racino
(Ohio) -- Dozens of people were looking to land a job Saturday at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. The racino held a job fair looking to fill more than 80 full-time,...
article Austintown racino to add 75 video slot machines
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course opened its doors for the first time to gamblers in Austintown 10 months ago to the day on Friday.

7/17/2015

article Casinos charged 42 percent more people with crimes in last fiscal year
(Ohio) -- More people trespassed and cheated in Ohio's four casinos in the past year, according to annual criminal statistics released this week by the Ohio Casino...

7/15/2015

article Hollywood Casino boosts development on Columbus’ West Side
(Ohio) -- The glitzy opening of Hollywood Casino Columbus in 2012 came with plenty of talk about the positive impact the $400 million gaming palace off West Broad Street...

7/8/2015

article Horseshoe Casino Cleveland guests lucky, especially at the tables: June casino and racino reports
(Ohio) -- Horseshoe Casino Cleveland's gamblers hit the jackpot so often in June that the casino reported its lowest monthly revenue total since opening in May 2012...
article Racino numbers improve for third straight month
(Ohio) -- An uptick in numbers at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course continued for a third-straight month in June. Though the net win, or revenue after...
article Scioto Downs, Hollywood Casino see no bump from June’s heavy rain
(Ohio) -- Even nonstop rain could not help Scioto Downs Racino and Hollywood Casino Columbus pull in more gamblers in June and overcome their usual revenue dips during...
article Anderson Twp. racino communities get promised funds
(Ohio) -- Anderson Township will receive a $1 million payment from the state as a racino host community. This is not the ongoing payment of $500,000 a year that was...

7/7/2015

article NBA Finals no boost for Cleveland casino / Gamblers cleaned up as casino suffered its worst month
(Ohio) -- The NBA Finals weren’t kind to the Cleveland Cavaliers — or to the casino near the arena where the Golden State Warriors carried off their trophy....
article Ohio casino revenue down in June; Toledo posts gains
(Ohio) -- Gambling revenue at Ohio’s four casinos totaled $63.5 million in June, a drop of 0.2 percent compared with a year ago and the lowest month so far this...
article City of Dayton upset over loss of racino money
(Ohio) -- The city of Dayton will be limited to $1 million in revenue from the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway racino instead of the $500,000 annual payments it had...

7/6/2015

article Latest revenue figures due for Ohio's 4 casinos
(Ohio) -- Ohio's four casinos have generated more than $345 million in revenue this year, and that total will rise as state regulators release the figures for June....

7/5/2015

article Austintown officials to decide what to do with $1 million from upcoming racino payments
(Ohio) -- Township officials will decide over the coming months what to do with the $1 million they will receive from two years’ worth of racino payments.

7/1/2015

article Renderings show what renovated ThistleDown Racino will look like after $70 million upgrade
(Ohio) -- Renderings released today show for the first time what ThistleDown Racino will look like after a $70 million facelift. Work has already begun at the North...
article Austintown, racino communities to receive two $500,000 racino payments
(Ohio) -- Austintown and the other five racino host communities in Ohio are getting $500,000 payments for the next two years. Republican Gov. John Kasich did not line-...

6/25/2015

article Distinguished chef comes to Cincinnati's new racino
(Ohio) -- Belterra Park Gaming named Don Yamauchi as its new executive chef. Yamauchi has 25 years of culinary experience at restaurants like Carlos Restaurant and Le...

6/24/2015

article Ohio Supreme Court Considers Racino Case
(Ohio) -- Critics of a decision by Gov. John Kasich to legalize video lottery terminals at seven Ohio horse tracks and share proceeds with casino operators running the...
article Ohio Supreme Court to decide if group can sue the state for allowing video lottery terminals at horse racing tracks
(Ohio) -- The Ohio Supreme Court must decide whether a group can file suit against the state for allowing video lottery terminals at horse racing tracks and other policy...

6/23/2015

article Group argues Ohio Supreme Court should allow challenge to legality of video slots at racetracks
(Ohio) -- Ohioans who want to challenge the use of video lottery terminals at racetracks and the state's constitutional provision for casinos asked the Ohio Supreme...
article Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on legal standing in anti-gambling group's slots challenge
(Ohio) -- A lawsuit before the Ohio Supreme Court alleges Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) unconstitutionally legalized video lottery terminals at seven Ohio horse tracks...

6/22/2015

article Justices in Ohio set to hear arguments in slots challenge
(Ohio) -- Gov. John Kasich unconstitutionally legalized video lottery terminals at seven Ohio horse tracks and shared proceeds with casino operators running the...
article Ohio’s casinos unaffected by bid to thwart legal pot
(Ohio) -- An anti-monopoly proposal aimed at making it harder for special financial interests to find a home in the Ohio Constitution might block pending marijuana...

6/20/2015

article Language for $500,000 racino payment within Ohio Senate approved state budget
(Ohio) -- The Ohio Senate approved a $71.3 biennial budget Thursday that included language for the $500,000 racino payments going to six eligible communities, including...

6/17/2015

article Horseshoe Casino Cleveland is a sound approach to urban gaming development with mixed results
(Ohio) -- Forbes.com calls attention to a white paper that looks at development trends in urban casinos, including Cleveland’s. The bottom line of the paper from...

6/16/2015

article Inspectors cite casino's new smoking patio
(Ohio) -- Health inspectors said people should not be allowed to smoke at the outdoor smoking patio at Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino. It opened late 2014. But the...
article Local communities have waited long enough for their gambling bet to pay off
(Ohio) -- Just as nuclear energy failed to live up to its promise 50 years ago of electricity so cheap that it wouldn’t be worth running it through a meter, the...

6/12/2015

article Racino communities get new deal
(Ohio) -- A state budget amendment that would detail who is responsible to make promised $500,000 payments to communities hosting racinos and when reached the Ohio...
article The horse racing industry is growing in Ohio
(Ohio) -- Not long ago, the Horse Racing Industry was operating on small purses in Ohio. With less prize money for winners, it was difficult to attract the best horses,...

6/10/2015

article Racino slots become winners in Ohio
(Ohio) -- Racino slots become winners in OhioThe slots at Ohio’s seven harness racing facilities are winning more than the slots at the state’s casinos in...
article Revenue at Toledo casino rises 4.5% in May
(Ohio) -- Gambling revenue at Ohio’s four casinos topped $71 million in May — the second-best month this year — though only Penn National Gaming Inc....
article Schiavoni amendment to racino payment under consideration in Columbus
(Ohio) -- Among the items in ongoing state budget talks at the Ohio Senate is an amendment to address the promised $500,000 payment to Ohio’s racino communities,...
article Senate to consider new deal for payments to racino communities
(Ohio) -- A racino payment amendment is among the issues to be talked about in the Ohio Senate during state budget talks, beginning today.

6/9/2015

article Racino revenue growing at fast clip in Ohio
(Ohio) -- For the second-consecutive month, Ohio’s seven harness-racing facilities out-earned the state’s four casinos in May. And, according to new data...
article Marcus Glover resigns as GM of Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
(Ohio) -- Marcus Glover, senior vice president and general manager of the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland and a key figure in helping bring casino gambling to the city, has...

6/8/2015

article Ohio casinos' May revenue just shy of total from year ago
(Ohio) -- The latest monthly report shows revenue rose from April to May at three of Ohio's four casinos, yielding a statewide total that increased month-to-month...
article Ohio to release May revenue figures for state's 4 casinos
(Ohio) -- New totals from state regulators will show whether May revenue from Ohio's four casinos topped the $69.5 million they brought in during April. The Ohio...
article Revenue grows at Hollywood Casino, Scioto Downs
(Ohio) -- Both of central Ohio’s gambling venues posted gains in revenue last month. Hollywood Casino Columbus had revenue of $18.4 million in May, an uptick of 0....
article Video lottery play up slightly at Austintown racino
(Ohio) -- Video lottery play was up marginally last month at the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course. The Ohio Lottery Commission reported that $75,596,933...
article Horseshoe Casino Cleveland slot revenue on decline while Hard Rock Rocksino revenue is strong: May casino and racino reports
(Ohio) -- Horseshoe Casino Cleveland's slot machines rang up the lowest full-month revenue total in its history in May, while the Hard Rock Rocksino's video...
article Horseshoe Casino Cleveland's general manager is leaving
(Ohio) -- Marcus Glover, who led the development and then oversaw the operations of Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, is leaving. "It is with mixed emotions that we...

6/7/2015

article Casino tax money falls short for Nationwide Arena debt and maintenance
(Ohio) -- A fund meant to buy new seats or replace the roof at Nationwide Arena already is running dry three years after the city and county agreed to use casino tax...

6/4/2015

article Ohio's racinos are holding their own, but the future is a gamble
(Ohio) -- Business has been steady in the two years since Ohio’s seven horse tracks were converted into racinos. In April, the facilities that offer horse racing...

6/3/2015

article Ohio's racinos are holding their own, but the future is a gamble
(Ohio) -- Business has been steady in the two years since Ohio’s seven horse tracks were converted into racinos. In April, the facilities that offer horse racing...

6/1/2015

article Maryhaven tries new way to aid problem gamblers
(Ohio) -- In a moment of clarity, Pamela Starling took to the computer and began searching for help. She could see that her life was a mess.

5/21/2015

article Ohio Casino Control Commission Fines Horseshoe Casinos
(Ohio) -- The Ohio Casino Control Commission announced on Wednesday that two of the state’s four casinos have been fined $175,000, as their surveillance systems...

5/20/2015

article Horseshoe Casino fined $125,000 for multiple violations
(Ohio) -- The Horseshoe Casino is getting slammed with a $125,000 fine from the state. The Ohio Casino Control Commission voted Wednesday to approve a settlement with...

5/15/2015

article Cincinnati racino off to slow start in first year
(Ohio) -- Officials with Belterra Park Gaming in eastern Cincinnati say they're disappointed with the new racino's revenues, which accounted for the smallest...
article ThistleDown Racino to invest $70 million in upgrade
(Ohio) -- ThistleDown Racino, owned by Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ohio Ventures LLC, is undergoing a $70 million upgrade to enhance the gaming and entertainment facility...

5/13/2015

article Cincinnati racino off to slow start in first year
(Ohio) -- Officials with the year-old race track and casino facility in eastern Cincinnati said they are disappointed with its revenues, which accounted for the smallest...
article Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, on its third anniversary, cites impact in Cleveland
(Ohio) -- Three years after opening its doors on Public Square, Horseshoe Casino Cleveland is touting the millions it has paid in jackpots, taxes and sponsorships. The...

5/12/2015

article Allow outdoor evening racino concerts, county urges
(Ohio) -- An assistant Mahoning County prosecutor is asking a judge to uphold an Austintown Zoning Board of Appeals decision that would allow outdoor summer evening...
article Belterra Park racino stumbles out of the gate
(Ohio) -- A year after opening, Belterra Park Gaming in Anderson Township has raked in $55.2 million, the smallest slice of Ohio's new $1.5 billion gambling market.
article Woman left dog in the car while she gambled at Hollywood Casino, police say
(Ohio) -- A 78-year-old woman from Lebanon was charged with animal cruelty after state police said she left her dog in the car while she was gambling at the Hollywood...

5/11/2015

article Horseshoe Cleveland marks third anniversary as plans are still in the works for Phase II casino
(Ohio) -- It was three years ago this week that the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland became Ohio’s first casino. The line wrapped around the building that night ushering...

5/9/2015

article April revenue from 4 Ohio casinos decreases from March
(Ohio) -- The Ohio Casino Control Commission reported Thursday that the casinos had about $69.5 million in revenue last month. That's roughly $3.4 million less than...

5/8/2015

article Gambling revenue up at central Ohio casino, racino in April
(Ohio) -- Steady growth is the continued trend at central Ohio’s two gambling venues. Hollywood Casino Columbus reported revenue of $18.6 million in April, a 7.2...

5/7/2015

article April revenue from 4 Ohio casinos decreases from March
(Ohio) -- New data show April revenue from Ohio's four full-service casinos dropped from March but came in slightly higher than a year ago. The Ohio Casino Control...
article Gambling revenue up at central Ohio casino, racino in April
(Ohio) -- Revenue was up at Hollywood Casino Columbus and Scioto Downs Racino in April. The revenue at Hollywood Columbus was $18.6 million, a 7.2 percent jump from the...
article Gambling revenues up from last year
(Ohio) -- Gambling revenues at Hollywood Casino Toledo were up 3.7 percent in April compared with the same month last year. The Ohio Casino Control Commission said the...
article Horseshoe casino revenue slips, Hollywood revenue increases in April over a year ago
(Ohio) -- Gambling revenue at Horseshoe casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati slipped last month, in comparison to April 2014, but were up at the Hollywood facilities in...
article Ohio’s racinos pull ahead of casinos for gaming revenue
(Ohio) -- With Ohio’s seven harness-racing facilities open and building customer bases, the state’s four casinos gave up the gaming crown in April.

5/5/2015

article Cincinnati’s new racino could be sold soon
(Ohio) -- The Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment racino in Anderson Township has only been open for a year, but it could be sold soon.

5/3/2015

article Casinos have been safe bet for Toledo region, state
(Ohio) -- Since Ohio’s first legal casino opened in 2012, more than $37 million in tax revenue has flowed from gamblers’ pockets to public treasures in Lucas...

5/2/2015

article Counties see increase in casino revenues
(Ohio) -- Clark and Champaign counties both saw an increase in casino revenue this quarter. Clark County will receive more than $413,000 this month, according to county-...

4/25/2015

article Racino plans expansion
(Ohio) -- The owners of a northeast Ohio racino say they're investing $70 million in an expansion project. The improvements at the ThistleDown Racino southeast of...

4/24/2015

article Casino tax revenues to Ohio counties,cities rise in 1st quarter
(Ohio) -- Despite the harsh winter, casino-tax revenues to Ohio’s 88 counties and eight major cities, including Youngstown, have risen in the first quarter of this...
article Austintown racino proceeds to do well
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown and the three other Penn National Gaming Inc. properties in Ohio are all seeing momentum, the...

4/23/2015

article Industry calls Ohio lawmaker's bill to tax gaming credits a loser
(Ohio) -- An Ohio senator is seeking a tax on promotional gaming credits at the Buckeye State’s 11 casinos and racinos. Gaming operators and a casino expert oppose...
article Northeast Ohio racino plans major expansion
(Ohio) -- The owners of a northeast Ohio racino say they're investing $70 million in an expansion project. The improvements at the ThistleDown Racino southeast of...
article ThistleDown kicks off $70 million project; improvements include new restaurant, parking deck
(Ohio) -- ThistleDown Racino began a $70 million improvement project Wednesday that will include a parking deck and new restaurant.

4/22/2015

article Lake County coffers boosted by casino distributions
(Ohio) -- Revenue collected from a tax accessed on Ohio’s four casinos has helped Lake County save for future long-term projects, catch up on some capital expenses...

4/20/2015

article Aging gamblers and lack of interest by younger generation will challenge regional casinos, report says
(Ohio) -- Regional casinos will struggle because their primary customers are aging and have less discretionary income while younger generations show little interest in...

4/16/2015

article Casinos nab banned gamblers who can't stay away, according to latest crime statistics
(Ohio) -- Gamblers who banned themselves from casinos can't seem to stay away. Through the first nine months of the fiscal year that began July 1, 2014, 72 of the...
article Tax revenue up from Ohio's casinos in first quarter
(Ohio) -- Tax revenue from Ohio’s four casinos rebounded in the first three months this year, producing $68.8 million for cities, counties and schools, a nearly 8...

4/14/2015

article Hard Rock Rocksino hitting all the right notes as revenues rise
(Ohio) -- Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park is hitting all the right notes. Entertainment, dining and the Hard Rock brand contributed to video lottery terminals ringing...

4/13/2015

article Ohio lawmaker wants casinos, racinos to pay taxes on promotional credits
(Ohio) -- A state lawmaker wants to start taxing some of the free play that Ohio’s casinos and racinos offer to attract gamblers. The state’s gaming industry...

4/10/2015

article 2015 budget in Austintown similar to 2014
(Ohio) -- The township’s recently approved budget, about $17.9 million, is similar to a year ago. The biggest difference is that a year ago, the township received...
article Law You Can Use: Ohio allows skill-based amusement games
(Ohio) -- Question: There’s a skill-based amusement parlor in my neighborhood shopping center. Are these skill games legal? Answer: Yes. Skill-based games have...

4/8/2015

article Better weather raises racino and casino revenue
(Ohio) -- Warmer temperatures coincided with more revenue statewide at the state’s casinos and racinos, such as Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

4/7/2015

article Hard Rock Rocksino posts biggest month ever in March as Horseshoe Casino Cleveland's revenues dip
(Ohio) -- The slots only Hard Rock Rocksino outearned three of the state’s four full blown casinos in March bringing in $18.5 million in VLT revenue after all bets...
article Hollywood Gaming posts best month since October
(Ohio) -- Higher temperatures coincided with higher revenue statewide for Ohio’s casinos and racinos, including Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course....
article Horseshoe Casino Cleveland the only gambling facility in Ohio to see revenue decline in March
(Ohio) -- Horseshoe Casino Cleveland was the only gambling facility in the state that reported a revenue decline in March compared to February. Even Belterra Park Racino...
article Ohio's gambling revenue set a record in March
(Ohio) -- Ohio’s casinos and racinos had a record-setting March, raking in $145.6 million in revenue. This topped the previous monthly high of $135.4 million in...
article Ohio’s racinos pulling even with casinos
(Ohio) -- Ohio’s four casinos and seven harness-racing facilities were nearly even in the perpetual race for the state’s gambling crown in March, but...

4/5/2015

article Hollywood Gaming contract dispute over, national bets resume
(Ohio) -- As those temperatures start to warm up, horse racing will also pick up. But a contract dispute slowed things down for wagers at the Mahoning Valley race course.
article Ohio lawmaker wants to limit casinos' freebies for players
(Ohio) -- A state lawmaker says Ohio's casinos that have fallen short of their financial promises shouldn't be allowed to use freebies to attract high rollers.

4/4/2015

article Editorial: Don’t gamble away gains from casinos
(Ohio) -- Casinos aren’t quite the safe bet state officials hoped they’d be. They’re seeing decent returns, even though they are about half of what was...

4/3/2015

article Rock Ohio Caesars Disapproves of Elimination of Promotional Casino Credits
(Ohio) -- Earlier this week, Ohio Sen. Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) announced that a legislation aimed at preventing casino operators from receiving tax deduction on...

4/2/2015

article Lawmaker wants to reduce casino, racino credits that reduce taxes
(Ohio) -- A Republican lawmaker wants to limit promotional gaming credits used by casinos and racinos that reduce the taxes they pay to the state.
article Lawmakers want larger cut of gambling revenues
(Ohio) -- Republican senators on Tuesday accused casinos and “racinos” of shortchanging schools and local governments by $165 million since 2012 by deducting...
article Ohio lawmaker wants casino promotional credit limit, to replace lost tax revenue
(Ohio) -- A Republican lawmaker wants to limit promotional gaming credits used by casinos and racinos that reduce the taxes they pay to the state. Sen. Bill Coley (R-...

4/1/2015

article Hollywood Casino owner slams plan to tax promotional credits
(Ohio) -- The promotional credits doled out by Ohio’s casinos and racinos to attract gamblers would be taxable under a Statehouse proposal that quickly garnered...
article Lawmakers want larger cut of gambling revenues
(Ohio) -- Republican senators on Tuesday accused casinos and “racinos” of shortchanging schools and local governments by $165 million since 2012 by deducting...
article Ohio Lawmaker Wants Casino Promotional Credit Limit, to Replace Lost Tax Revenue
(Ohio) -- A Republican lawmaker wants to limit promotional gaming credits used by casinos and racinos that reduce the taxes they pay to the state. Sen. Bill Coley (R-...
article Will Ohio tax comped betting?
(Ohio) -- State Sen. Bill Coley is proposing to tax comped betting by Ohio's casinos and racinos – a move strongly opposed by industry leaders. Currently, when...
article Why are gaming revenues so low?
(Ohio) -- Back in 2009, the developers proposing to build casinos in four Ohio cities promised Ohio voters over $500 million per year for schools and local governments....

3/31/2015

article Ohio GOP lawmaker proposes limiting casino, racino gambling credits
(Ohio) -- A Republican lawmaker wants to limit promotional gaming credits used by casinos and racinos that reduce the taxes they pay to the state.

3/30/2015

article Hollywood Casino parent pulls plug on project
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Casino's parent company on Monday pulled out of a proposed racino project, citing market saturation in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

3/29/2015

article New Castle-area racino remains in limbo
(Ohio) -- Banks of slots-like machines chirped the familiar casino sound of bells and alarms as players pressed buttons, wheels spun and lights flashed at Hollywood...

3/28/2015

article State reps lead effort for racino payments
(Ohio) -- State Rep. Michele Lepore- Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th, has introduced a budget-amendment proposal for $500,000 payments to racino communities.

3/25/2015

article Austintown officials lobby for $500,000 racino payment
(Ohio) -- Leaders from Austintown and five other Ohio communities traveled to Columbus on Tuesday to lobby for money they believe is owed to them by the companies that...

3/24/2015

article New development could be coming near racino in Austintown
(Ohio) -- The addition of the new racino in Austintown is apparently helping spur even more new development in the township.

3/22/2015

article Route 46 business sees some uptick with racino
(Ohio) -- Rumors of a water park are flowing through the township, but business owners along the racino corridor on state Route 46 are focused on keeping their own...
article Tax and child-support agencies take cut of racino winnings
(Ohio) -- If you win more than $1,200 at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, your name is run through a computer system while you fill out a tax withholding...

3/16/2015

article New management team announced at Hard Rock Rocksino
(Ohio) -- The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park has a new management team. Mark Birtha, who joined the Rocksino in Northfield last year as senior vice president and...

3/13/2015

article New Cumberland council anticipates drop in video lottery revenue
(Ohio) -- Although its 2016 budget is staying about the same, the city of New Cumberland is facing a precipitous drop in video lottery revenues that could affect how...

3/11/2015

article Chilly February led to hot month at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
(Ohio) -- A record-cold February didn't deter gamblers at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, where revenues for the month topped totals for January 2015 and February 2014.
article Cleveland powers casinos to February gains
(Ohio) -- Gambling revenues at Ohio’s freestanding casinos rose ever so slightly in February, even though gaming receipts were down at three of the four individual...
article Eldorado resorts continues Scioto Downs Racino expansion
(Ohio) -- Eldorado Resorts, Inc. announced Monday that it will commence construction at Scioto Downs Racino of The Brew Brothers, a new $5.9 million microbrewery and...

3/9/2015

article Chilly February led to hot profits at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
(Ohio) -- A record-cold February didn't deter gamblers at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, where revenues for the month topped totals for January 2015 and February 2014.
article Cleveland powers casinos to February gains
(Ohio) -- Gambling revenues at Ohio’s freestanding casinos rose ever so slightly in February, even though gaming receipts were down at three of the four individual...
article Cleveland's casino only revenue winner in February among Ohio's 4 full-service casinos
(Ohio) -- Only one of Ohio’s four full-service casinos was a revenue winner in February. Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino saw its revenue up 14 percent to just...
article Gambling revenue a mixed bag locally last month
(Ohio) -- Revenue was down at Hollywood Casino Columbus in February and up at Scioto Downs Racino. The revenue at Hollywood Casino was $16.6 million, down 5 percent from...
article Horseshoe Casino Hotel closed due to flooding concerns
(Indiana) -- The Horseshoe Casino in Southern Indiana has closed the hotel as a precaution to flooding. According to Lizzet Verdi, Marketing and Communications manager...

3/8/2015

article Casino helps seal financing for Public Square renovation
(Ohio) -- The landlord for Cleveland’s downtown casino has agreed to a deal to help finance an extensive makeover of Public Square. The Plain Dealer reports that...

3/7/2015

article School districts see casino cash as simple bonus
(Ohio) -- Officials in Ohio school districts have wisely ignored the promise of money growing on trees once casinos were allowed in the state. As we are now learning,...

2/28/2015

article Gilbert: Horseshoe deal to speed up riverfront casino
(Ohio) -- Tycoon and dealmaker Dan Gilbert was busy Friday leading hundreds of workers from the hundred-plus companies he owns all or part of or does business with in an...

2/24/2015

article Lepore-Hagan calling on Kasich for racino payments
(Ohio) -- State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan says the new casino in Austintown owes the township money and she wants it to pay up. Austintown isn’t the only...

2/23/2015

article Editorial: Casino revenues simply a guess
(Ohio) -- Two years after Ohio voters were convinced to legalize gambling, the state is finding it is a long-shot when trying to project tax revenue from Ohio’s...
article Monday racing cancelled at Austintown racino
(Ohio) -- There will be no races Monday at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, according to a release from the business.

2/21/2015

article Editorial: Racino communities looking to governor for payment plan
(Ohio) -- When the governor vetoed a legislative proposal to provide $500,000 each to Austintown and Dayton for hosting racinos, we thought he would lay out his ideas...

2/19/2015

article Horseshoe Cincinnati Cancels World Series of Poker Circuit Stop
(Ohio) -- The Horseshoe Cincinnati announced today that the upcoming World Series of Poker Circuit series, scheduled to run from March 19 – 30, has been cancelled...

2/10/2015

article Toledo casino revenue soars in Jan.
(Ohio) -- With no major snowstorms or lengthy stretches of sub-zero temperatures to contend with, Hollywood Casino Toledo cruised to January revenues of $14.3 million, a...
article New wagers could lead to bigger prizes at Austintown racino
(Ohio) -- A new wager called, "Hollywood Hi-5," could lead to a bigger jackpot for winners at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course. During the sixth...

2/9/2015

article Climate and calendar help boost casino revenue slightly in January; big month at Hard Rock Rocksino
(Ohio) -- January was cold, but not as cold as last year when the Horseshoe Casino closed its doors for 36 hours. So when casino revenue numbers were released for the...
article Hollywood Casino Columbus tops in Ohio for revenue
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Casino Columbus had the highest revenue of any of Ohio’s four casinos and seven racinos in January. Revenue at the casino was $17.9 million, a...
article Hollywood Casino Columbus tops in Ohio for revenue in January
(Ohio) -- Ohio's casinos generated more revenue in January than a year earlier, helped by milder weather that led gamblers to venture out from their homes and spend...
article January Casino Revenues Down From December
(Ohio) -- Three of the state’s four casinos saw declines in revenue last month. But as WOSU reports, January revenue is up compared to this time last year.
article Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland casinos see revenue jump in January from a year ago
(Ohio) -- Three of Ohio's four full-service casinos had a nice bump in revenue last month. Overall, the state's four casinos raked in nearly $65 million in...

2/7/2015

article De Pere company, owner convicted in Ohio gambling case
(Ohio) -- De Pere company 8 Line Supply is facing criminal charges after selling illegally distributed video slot machines and components in Ohio.

1/28/2015

article Youngstown Chamber joins fight against racino opponents
(Ohio) -- The Youngstown Chamber of Commerce is joining some labor unions to fight a lawsuit that aims to reverse the legalization of casinos and video lottery terminals...

1/27/2015

article Arguments on legal standing set June 23 in anti-gambling group's challenge to Ohio slots
(Ohio) -- Oral arguments have been set in a lawsuit alleging that Gov. John Kasich acted unconstitutionally when he decided to legalize video lottery terminals at Ohio...

1/24/2015

article Reports of crimes rise at Ohio casinos
(Ohio) -- Reports of crimes at Ohio casinos appear to be on the rise. According to the Ohio Casino Control Commission, prosecutors considered charges in 215 cases in the...

1/21/2015

article Ohio casino workers might pay much less for licenses
(Ohio) -- Some employees at Ohio’s four casinos could soon have an extra $350 in their pockets. The Ohio Casino Control Commission has begun the process of...

1/14/2015

article Casino revenue declines translate into less money for cities, counties and schools
(Ohio) -- Declining casino revenues have resulted in less money for Ohio's cities, counties and schools. Cities and counties this month received a quarterly...

1/12/2015

article Tax revenue from Ohio casinos drops at end of 2014
(Ohio) -- Total tax revenue from Ohio’s four casinos earmarked for cities, counties and schools dropped more than 6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, $4.4...
article ThistleDown may get an image update at 89
(Ohio) -- After nearly 90 years, ThistleDown Racino may be rebranded -- which could include a name change, new logo or updated marketing. This spring, the facility will...

1/10/2015

article Austintown Racino grosses $7M in December
(Ohio) -- Betting numbers on the video lottery machines at the Austintown racino stayed steady in December as compared to November. Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley...

1/9/2015

article Cincinnati casinos, racinos reaped almost $665M in 2014
(Ohio) -- Greater Cincinnati's gambling industry grew just 1.9 % to $664.7 million in 2014 – with two new racinos intensifying an already competitive...
article Holidays at the Higbee a big hit for Horseshoe Casino, December revenues highest in 20 months
(Ohio) -- Back in the glory days of Higbee’s, December was always the busiest month for the Cleveland department store, the same held true this year for the...
article Hollywood Casino, Scioto Downs report higher revenue for December
(Ohio) -- More gamblers from Ohio and beyond visited the state’s casinos and racinos in 2014, leaving behind almost $400 million more than the previous year.
article Austintown racino cancels Weds. racing
(Ohio) -- Horses at the Mahoning Valley Racecourse will stay in their stables Wednesday, a day after racing in snowy conditions. Track and gaming officials made the...

1/8/2015

article Ohio Casinos Up 12% To $71m In December
(Ohio) -- The Ohio Casino Control Commission has released its gambling figures for December, revealing an almost 12% rise in revenues to $71 million compared with the...

1/7/2015

article Horseshoe Casino Cleveland's December revenues highest since early 2013
(Ohio) -- Horseshoe Casino Cleveland ended 2014 on a high note, revenue reports released Wednesday show. The casino boasted its highest revenues in December 2014 since...
article Ohio’s casinos roll cold in 2014
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Casino Columbus had a big month in December but that wasn't enough to save an otherwise down year for gambling. The Columbus casino and the state...
article Toledo casino makes Dec. rebound
(Ohio) -- Gambling revenues at Ohio’s gaming houses rebounded last month from a lackluster November, with all four of the state’s casinos reporting...
article Hollywood Casino, Scioto Downs report higher revenue for December
(Ohio) -- Ohio’s casinos and racinos ended the year on a high note, as all but one saw year-over-year gains in December.
article Horses race in snowy conditions at Austintown racino
(Ohio) -- For the first time since it opened in November, the horses at the Mahoning Valley Racecourse took to the track in snowy conditions Tuesday. “We are below...

1/6/2015

article Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park celebrates first anniversary
(Ohio) -- Cha-Ching! The floor was filled with hopeful winners playing video lottery, people dined at various eateries and cheerful staff were doing their respective...

1/5/2015

article Racino cash promises should be honored
(Ohio) -- Ongoing squabbling between the state of Ohio and the operator of Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course is leaving communities like Austintown out in...
article Racino payments, education a priority for local state lawmakers
(Ohio) -- As state lawmakers head back to Columbus for a new session some veteran legislators are looking forward to handling top issues like public education and...

1/1/2015

article Hollywood Casino in Columbus plans new restaurant to lure Asian gamblers
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Casino Columbus is adding an Asian noodle restaurant to diversify dining options and cater to a large base of Asian-American gamblers, according to...

12/31/2014

article Horseshoe Casino dealer training school teaches candidates table games
(Ohio) -- While there will be a New Year's Eve party on Mall B in Cleveland, the Horseshoe Casino is expected to get a lot of business. And there could be some new...

12/30/2014

article All Ohio casinos and racinos open, betting on a robust new year: Year in Review 2014
(Ohio) -- The horses are running, the slot machines are chiming and tables are gaming as all gambling venues in the state are now open. Ohio's final three of seven...
article Racino preparing for NYE bash while looking back on 2014
(Ohio) -- The Dayton Racino is preparing to wave goodbye to 2014 with a big New Year’s Eve Bash on Wednesday. As time is ticking down for 2014, Hollywood Gaming is...

12/29/2014

article Clark County estimates $1.6M in casino revenue in ‘15
(Ohio) -- Ohio casinos are expected to bring about $1.6 million in revenue to Clark County next year. Clark County Administrator Nathan Kennedy recently presented county...
article Sen. Schiavoni vows to push for Austintown's racino payments
(Ohio) -- Just last week Governor Kasich vetoed a bill that would have the owner's of Hollywood Gaming paying out to Austintown. A bill that passed the Ohio House...

12/27/2014

article Dayton waits on racino payment
(Ohio) -- In the race for cash, Dayton thought it had crossed the finish line only to come up short again. A section of a bill passed by the Ohio House and Senate worked...

12/24/2014

article Casino agency reinstates fired employee’s license
(Ohio) -- The state casinos agency has reinstated the license of an ex-Cleveland casino employee fired for failing to pay for a $1.84 energy drink. Last month’s...

12/20/2014

article Outdoor slot machines activated at casino
(Ohio) -- Toledo’s riverfront casino Wednesday wasted little time activating a total of 34 slot machines on two outdoor smoking decks after state regulators...

12/18/2014

article Ohio House OKs year-end racino payment to Austintown
(Ohio) -- The Ohio House concurred, 79 to 4, on House Bill 494 that included an amendment specifying the $500,000 payments for the racinos in Austintown and Dayton.

12/17/2014

article Ohio House to debate racino payment issue Wednesday
(Ohio) -- The office of Gov. John Kasich’s office commented for the first time on the $500,000 racino payment debate since an amendment passed the Ohio Senate last...

12/15/2014

article Slots may appear on smoke deck pending approval
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Casino Toledo may soon mix smokes and slots if the state on Wednesday approves its request to convert a smoking deck into a gaming area. Penn...
article Dayton Could Get Large Racino Payment Soon
(Ohio) -- The city of Dayton could get an injection of extra cash this year from the new racino, but the owners of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway aren’t happy...

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