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Ohio’s 4 casinos post record revenue

WARREN — Free of curfew restrictions and permitted to open poker rooms in mid-March, Ohio’s four casinos posted record revenue last month, according to the latest data from the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

Revenue in March eclipsed $91.6 million, about 35 percent more than revenue reported for February and nearly 200 percent more than March 2020, when casinos closed halfway through the month due to the outbreak.

Table revenue was $23.6 million, up 28 percent from February, and slot revenue was $68 million, up 38 percent for the month.

In comparison, in the pandemic-shortened March 2020, table revenue was $9.8 million and slot, $20.9 million.

Multiple factors for the tremendous increases were likely in play — March was the first full month casinos were not operating under a state-imposed curfew, limited capacity poker rooms reopened and other entertainment options such as movie theaters and concert venues either remain closed or still are operating at reduced capacity.

Jessica Franks, spokeswoman for the commission, also said as more Ohioans are inoculated against COVID-19, “they may feel more comfortable going out.”

The previous record was $86 million in July, the first full month casinos were open after Ohio’s stay-at-home order.

The four casinos are Jack Cleveland Casino, Hard Rock Cincinnati Casino, Hollywood Toledo Casino and Hollywood Columbus Casino.

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