Cincinnati casinos bounce back from gloomy winter but still below year-ago levels

Horseshoe Cincinnati 1st in region, 3rd in state

CINCINNATI - Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati topped $20 million in revenue last month for the first time in a year, but it still ranked third in Ohio behind Horseshoe Cleveland and Hollywood Casino in Columbus.

Revenue figures released by the Ohio Casino Control Commission Monday marked the first time year-over-year comparisons were possible for the downtown Cincinnati gambling house. Horseshoe’s $20.2 million performance was down 4 percent from a year ago.

Hollywood Columbus raked in $20.8 million, down one percent from a year ago. Horseshoe Cleveland declined 13 percent to $21.3 million.

It was a fourth straight month of revenue growth for the region’s newest racino. Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon generated $11.6 million in March revenue, up 25 percent from last month, according to figures from the Ohio Lottery Commission.

Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg ranked second in the Cincinnati area with $18.3 million in March revenue, down 37 percent from a year ago. Belterra Casino and Resort ranked fourth in the Tri-State with $9.2 million in March revenue, down 24 percent from last year. Rising Star Casino was down 32 percent to $4.6 million.

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