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Ohio Casino Payback Reporting, July 2018-June 2022

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Written by Joshua

This time for slot payback reporting we’re taking a look at Ohio’s casinos. They’re broken into two groups:

  • Four commercial casinos, one in each of Ohio’s four major cities of Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo.
  • Seven racetrack casinos overseen by the Ohio lottery.

Both commercial casinos and video lottery terminal games through the Ohio Lottery-overseen casinos must pay back over time a minimum of 85 percent.

We will look at each group of casinos in turn. For symmetry, we will evaluate what are the fiscal years of 2019-2022 for the video lottery terminals, and have aligned the commercial casino data to match that. As such, when a year is listed, like 2022, it covers July 1 of the previous year through June 30 of that year. So 2022 covers the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Commercial Casinos

Here’s the paybacks for the four commercial casinos for the year-long period ending June 30, 2019 through 2022:

Jack Cleveland92.29%92.22%92.21%92.16%
Hollywood Columbus92.40%92.24%91.99%92.09%
Hard Rock Cincinnati92.02%91.78%91.64%91.87%
Hollywood Toledo91.68%91.44%91.05%90.72%
SOURCE: Ohio Casino Control Commission

Some observations:

  • All the casinos seem to be in a relatively consistent range.
  • Hollywood Toledo grew in payouts over the four year range, slowly approaching the other three, including the top payer, sister property Hollywood Columbus.
  • Hard Rock Cincinnati used to be Jack Cincinnati.

Racetrack Casinos

Here’s the paybacks for the seven racetrack casinos for the fiscal years 2019-2022:

Belterra Park90.15%90.08%91.05%91.15%
Eldorado Scioto Downs90.82%90.61%90.78%90.73%
MGM Northfield Park90.97%90.67%91.13%91.09%
Hollywood Dayton91.47%91.11%90.87%90.28%
Hollywood Mahoning Valley90.66%90.33%90.29%90.10%
Jack Thistledown90.85%90.58%90.50%90.60%
Miami Valley91.22%91.12%91.39%91.52%
SOURCE: Ohio Lottery

Some observations:

  • The overall paybacks of the racetrack casinos seem a bit lower than their commercial casino counterparts.
  • Hollywood Dayton, and Miami Valley took the top spot in the various years, but the overall spread is pretty tight – about 1-1.5 percent or so separates the top from the bottom of the group in any given year.

About the author


My name is Joshua, and I’m a slot enthusiast who works in tech as a marketer by day, and dabbles in casinos periodically during off-times. Know Your Slots will reflect my interests in understanding the various ways you can play slots, travel, casino promotions and how you can get the most out of your casino visits.

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