There are eleven casinos in Ohio including one that was still under construction and due for opening in late September 2014. Ohio’s first casino opened in Cleveland following the successful vote to allow legalized gambling in November 2009. It took five votes and more than two decades to manage to get the measure approved. Called “The Horseshoe Casino, Cleveland” It opened in May 2012 and features more than 1600 slot machines, nearly 120 table games and 35 electronic games. It is open 24 hours a day.
The largest of the casinos in the state is located in the capital city, Columbus. The Hollywood Casino Columbus opened in October of 2012 and has more than 2500 slot machines and nearly 80 table games and nearly 40 poker tables plus an on-site buffet. It is also open 24 hours per day and has a wide range of amenities including free VIP parking to all of its guests.
Owned by the same company, the Hollywood Casino Toledo is located in Lucas County and opened several months before the casino in Columbus. It is substantially smaller but operates in much the same way including the same hours. There are just over two thousand slot machines and 60 table games here with 20 poker tables as well.
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway in Montgomery County features video lottery games and slot machines as well as horse racing. It is a newer casino opening its doors in late August 2014.
Another Hollywood Gaming casino is set to open at the Mahoning Valley Race Course in Mahoning County. This new casino will be part of a relocation project and will replace the old Beulah Park. The new casino will continue to offer horse racing as well as simulcasting, slot machines and video lottery machines. Details about how many of each type of game will be included in the first few months of operation have not been announced.
Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment Center is located in Hamilton County and was previously known as River Downs. The new Belterra Park opened in May 2014 and features 1600 slot and video lottery games but no table games.
Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park opened in December 2013 in Summit County. With over 2400 slot machines it gives the Hollywood Casino Columbus some serious competition for “biggest casino” in the state. There are no table games at all, however.
Horse Shoe Casino Cincinnati in Hamilton County has nearly two thousand slot machines and 86 table games. There are more than thirty poker tables in this casino as well. This casino is owned and operated by the same company that opened the first casino in the state.
Miami Valley Gaming in Warren County opened in December 2013. It is another of the racino type casinos which blends horse racing and casino gambling into one area. The live racing is offered every night except Monday and Tuesday but there is simulcasts of other racing events offered seven nights a week. There are 2500 video lottery machines here in addition to the racing events.
Scioto Downs Racing is Franklin County’s other casino and actually opened before Hollywood Casino Columbus did. There are 2100 slot and video lottery machines at Scioto Downs in addition to the horse racing.
Thistle Down Racetrack in Cuyahoga County has just over 1100 slot machines in addition to live horse racing. Simulcast racing is also offered at this casino which offers limited hours, seven days of the week.