COLUMBUS (AP) - Betting at Ohio's first two casinos cooled off after a big initial full month of operations.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission said today that the Cleveland and Toledo casinos had revenue totaling about $43 million in July. That's down nearly 7 percent from $46 million in June, their first full month of operations.
The biggest July decline was slots play at the Hollywood Toledo casino. The slots total of $170 million bet was off nearly 13 percent from $195 million in June.
By law, casinos pay a gross revenue tax of 33 percent. It's split between entities including counties with shares determined by population, school districts with shares by enrollment, the four casino cities, the casino commission and programs for problem gamblers.
Already Trumbull County is due for $182,668 and Mahoning County $103,557 in revenue sharing. Youngstown is getting $103,557.
Casinos also are planned in Columbus and Cincinnati.