Ohio offers two distinct type of casino experiences through their 11 possible destinations. A land-based resort experience and racetrack casino (see Racino) encapsulate the different experiences gambling seekers may find within Ohio. While common in New York and several other states, there are no Indian casinos located within Ohio’s borders, however.
Ohio casinos first entered the market with legislature passed in November of 2009. The Horseshoe Casino located in Cleveland, Ohio was the first casino to open its doors and accept the first bet in Ohio on May 14, 2012. Prior to issue 3 being passed, Sweepstake lotteries were the most common form of gambling entertainment permitted in Ohio. Sweepstake lotteries have since been made illegal and have closed.
Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment Center
Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
Hollywood Casino Columbus
Hollywood Casino Toledo
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
Miami Valley Gaming
Scioto Downs Racino
Types of Casinos
Within Ohio, there are two different casino experiences. Land based casinos that offer table games and video lottery terminals and Racetrack casinos that offer betting on horse races across the country and video lottery machines. While typical in Vegas, many Ohio Casinos do not have hotels or exclusive designed restaurants within their casinos. This was done to help promote local business and be an attraction point in several major cities, instead of take from the Ohio economy.
Two primary players on the resort side are Hollywood Casinos and Horseshoe Casinos. The Hollywood Casino’s are located in major cities of Dayton, Toledo, and their largest location in Ohio located in Columbus. The Horseshoe Casino is a part of the Caesar’s Entertainment group. The Horseshoe is present in Cincinnati and Cleveland. The Horseshoe in Cleveland, Ohio was the first operating casino in Ohio. It has a strong affiliation with the Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Immediately upon opening its doors in May of 2012, plans were already in place with land purchased and is currently being developed to move to a bigger location within Cleveland that should offer a more friendly experience for customers as well as additional amenities.
In Ohio, you must be 21 years of age and possess a valid drivers license to enter and gamble at casinos. Additionally, state of Ohio laws apply to alcohol purchase and consumption including minimum age restriction of 21 years old, and hours of purchase. All alcohol sales cease at 2am nightly in accordance with Ohio state laws.