Ohio Casinos

Written by: Cliff Spiller, Online Casino and Game Expert
Ohio Casinos & Gambling
  • Horse racing (1933), Lottery (1974), Bingo (1975), Casinos (2012)
  • $1.1 billion
  • $3.5 billion
  • 18 for lottery, bingo, and racing, 21 for casinos
  • Ohio requires casino smoking areas to have outside ventilation
  • Horse racing is the only form of legal online gambling

Ohio casinos were one of the last markets in the region to be legalized; occurring in 2012. All of the neighboring states, except Kentucky, were luring gamblers to their own state casinos. Voters decided to act quickly and keep the gambling revenue and jobs at local Ohio casinos.

There was little Ohio gambling before the casinos became legal. Horse racing was legal but in decline; before the tracks were allowed to add slots. This was able to keep them in business despite lingering attendance. Tracks have live racing and race books.

Ohio has a state lottery and the charities are allowed to offer bingo.

Types of Ohio Online Gambling

Horseracing iconThe only form of legal online gambling in Ohio is horse racing. Apps and websites operated by companies like TwinSpires and TVG accept action from Ohio residents.

Daily fantasy sports sites accept players from Ohio. The companies claim to be skill gaming sites and not gambling. Ohio’s attorney general and state legislature have recently discusses this issue. Major daily fantasy sports sites that accept Ohio players include DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo!, and CBS Sports.

There are dozens of online casinos, poker and sports betting sites that accept Ohio players. None is licensed in the state. These sites are considered to be illegal.

Types of Live Ohio Gambling

Popular games iconPopular Games
  • Slots: Yes
  • Blackjack: Yes
  • Poker: Yes
  • Craps/Roulette: Yes
  • Horses: Yes
  • Lottery: Yes

There are 11 Ohio casinos operating in the state; four of them are resort-style casinos. The casinos in Ohio offer a wide variety of casino games including, slot machines, video poker, craps, roulette, blackjack and other house-banked card games. Live poker rooms are also available. The other seven Ohio casinos are considered to be racinos, located at off-track betting facilities. These resemble video lottery casinos.

Charities may spread bingo and raffles. Poker is no longer available for these nonprofit organizations.

There are eight live horse racing tracks in Ohio. These also offer off-track betting.

The Ohio Lottery sells scratch-off and lotto tickets. These are available at most convenience stores.

Ohio gambling lawsOhio gambling laws have a minimum gambling age of 18 years to gamble at licensed establishments. The minimum gambling age for casinos in Ohio is 21 years to gamble. Most first gambling offenses are a first-degree misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses are fifth-degree felonies according to Ohio gambling laws.

All charities that offer bingo and raffles must pay a $200 license per year to the state. New organizations must pay $500 for the first license. This is available to religious, fraternal, rescue, and veterans organizations. Charities were once permitted to offer poker tournaments, or so they at least claimed. The last charity poker establishment was forced out of operation in 2013.

List of Ohio Casinos and Racetracks

There are currently 11 Ohio casinos. Four casinos are resorts, while the other seven are Ohio racinos; located at the racetracks.

Ohio Casinos

Hollywood Casino Columbus Ohio

Hollywood Casinos in Ohio

Two of the casinos in Ohio are owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties, who own all of the Hollywood Casinos around the nation. They have casinos located in Columbus and Toledo, so players in those areas can visit these two resorts and gamble. Having a casino in the heart of the Ohio capital and another populated city are great advantages.

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Ohio

Horseshoe Casinos in Ohio

The other two Ohio casinos are owned by one of the largest gambling corporation in the United States, Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Their Ohio casino locations are in Cincinnati and Cleveland, two of the largest cities in the state. Being backed by such a large casino conglomerate can give players the assurance that they will receive a quality gaming experience.

You can check out any of the four Ohio casinos by looking at our basic information table for directions and their website. You can also check out our Ohio casinos map and guide to get better locations.

Hollywood Casino – Columbus2,200 Slot Machines200 Georgesville Rd.https://www.hollywoodcolumbus.com/
Hollywood Casino – Toledo2,000 Slot Machines1968 Miami St.www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com
Horseshoe Casino – Cincinnati2,000 Slot Machines1000 Broadway St.https://www.caesars.com/horseshoe
Horseshoe Casino – Cleveland1,600 Slot Machines100 Public Squarehttps://www.caesars.com/horseshoe

Ohio Racinos

There are 7 Ohio racinos within state borders. Despite being called “casinos”, they cannot offer all of the same games that the actual casinos in Ohio offer. At most, you can place bets on the horse races, as well as play on the thousands of slot machines.

Belterra Park – Anderson Township1,300 Slot Machines6301 Kellogg Rd.https://www.belterrapark.com/
Hard Rock Rocksino – Northfield2,250 Slot Machines10777 Northfield Rd.www.hrrocksinonorthfieldpark.com
Hollywood Gaming – Dayton1,000 Slot Machines777 Hollywood Blvd.www.hollywooddaytonraceway.com
Hollywood Gaming – Youngstown850 Slot Machines655 N. Canfield Niles Rd.www.hollywoodmahoningvalley.com
Miami Valley Gaming – Lebanon1,600 Slot Machines6000 OH-63www.miamivalleygaming.com
Scioto Downs Racino – Columbus2,100 Slot Machines6000 S. High St.www.sciotodowns.com
Thistledown Racino – North Randall1,550 Slot Machines21501 Emery Rd.www.jackentertainment.com

Each of the racinos also offers a horse track. Off-track betting may be found at these locations.

Charity Gambling

Charities offer bingo halls throughout Ohio. These are usually in veteran’s halls and lodges. Religious and educational organizations may also spread these games. Tickets to the state lottery may be purchased at thousands of retail stores. Most are gas stations and convenience stores.

History of Ohio Gambling

Ohio casinos and racetracks historyHorse racing dates back to the early 1800’s in Ohio. Tracks in Cleveland were home to quarter mile horse tracks. Harness racing hit the scene towards the mid-1800’s. These races were not regulated. The Central Trotting Circuit, also known as the Grand Circuit, was created in the 1870’s to address some of the problems at the tracks. The state decided to take over the regulation of horse racing in 1933. That is when the state legalized a state commission to oversee the races and eventually off-track racing.

It was the mid-1970’s before more forms of gambling were legalized in Ohio. That is when a state lottery was approved by voters. Charity gambling, including bingo and raffles, were also legalized at that time.

The 1990’s and 2000’s saw neighboring states approve casinos. Gamblers in Ohio were taking their action to Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. In 2009, voters approved four Ohio casinos and racinos at the tracks. On May 14, 2012, the first resort-style casino opened in Cleveland; the Horseshoe Casino. The Hollywood Casino opened two weeks later in Toledo. Racinos also launched in 2012. There are currently seven racinos and four casinos in Ohio.

The opening of these Ohio casinos caused state officials to take a second look at the gray area gambling spread in the state. Some charities, or groups masquerading as one, operated poker rooms. These were thought to be illegal but that was never enforced. By 2013, the last charity poker room was closed.

Sweepstakes machines were another form of questionably legal gambling available in Ohio. These establishments sold computer time that came with a sweepstakes function. Players would open the games on computers to see if they won. The amount of the sweepstakes value just happened to be the same as the time purchased. Opponents considered these to be slot parlors that found a back door. A May 2013 bill sought to take these machines out of service. The bill became law later that year.

Ohio Casinos & Gambling FAQ

What is the minimum gambling age in Ohio?

The minimum Ohio gambling age is 18 years for bingo, lottery and racing. Ohio casinos require players to have a minimum gambling age of 21 years.

Where are the four resort casinos in Ohio?

Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, and Columbus are home to the state’s four resort casinos.

What games are legal at Ohio’s resort casinos?

Slots, video poker, live poker, craps, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em are among the available games at Ohio casinos.

What games are spread at Ohio racinos?

Ohio racinos may spread slots, video poker, and electronic table games.

Is there a lottery in Ohio?

Yes. It sells scratch-off and lotto tickets.

Is online gambling legal in Ohio?

There are no forms of legalized online gambling in the state. Any online poker, casino or sports betting site is illegal.

Are daily fantasy sports legal in Ohio?

The sites claim exemption as a skill game. Ohio officials have done nothing to refute that.

What daily fantasy sites operate in Ohio?

DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo! and CBS Sports are the main daily fantasy sports sites that accept Ohio players.

Cliff Spiller

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