Those who are interested in gambling news will most likely have already noticed the arrival of casinos in the Buckeye State, as the very first true gambling venues in Ohio were added to the existing horse racing tracks in 2012. These venues have seen some success already and are very much being celebrated in the state as a great addition to their offerings, with each of them placed into a different city in order to give the maximum range for anyone who wishes to visit the state and may already have a preference for a certain area.
We will take you on a little tour of those venues now, and you should also remember the fact that there is a state lottery in Ohio which you can buy tickets for on a weekly basis, and which is sure to give you some fantastic opportunities to win huge jackpots if you get involved. The first venue to look at is the Hard Rock Northfield Park Rocksino, which may or may not be open as you are reading this – it is scheduled to open in December 2013, and will have two thousand three hundred video lottery terminals by the side of the existing horse race track. The Hollywood Casino Columbus is one of the recent casino additions having opening on the 8th of October 2012, and it has achieved much success, if not benefitting as much as the other venues may have from the hype surrounding their launch. The sister venue to this casino is the Hollywood Casino Toledo, which opened first on the 29th of May 2012. Meanwhile, there are currently two horse racing tracks – Beulah Park and Raceway Downs – which are in the process of being relocated to new racinos, which will respectively be the Hollywood Slots at Mahoning Valley Race Course, in Austintown, and the Hollywood Slots at Dayton Raceway. These are both set to open in 2014, and to have one thousand five hundred video lottery terminals combined with the racing, but no table games at all. The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati was the most recent casino to open in March 2013, but the sister venue again was the first to open of all casinos in the state as part of their Phase I process. The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland was launched on the 14th of May 2012 in the historic Higbee’s Building in the city centre, and there is a Phase II set to be constructed and launched at a later date to add even more excitement.
Meanwhile, there are two new horse racing tracks which are already open for business along with their racinos in Ohio, with the Scioto Downs having launched on the 1st of June 2012 and the Thistledown Racino on the 9th of April 2013. Local residents are still waiting for the River Downs racino to open in 2014, and the relocation of the Lebanon Raceway to be the Miami Valley Gaming and Racing in the first quarter of 2014 for video lottery terminals.