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Southwest Ohio gamblers spending less in Indiana

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Gamblers in the Cincinnati area are now spending more money in Ohio than Indiana.

An analysis by The Cincinnati Enquirer found that gamblers for the first time are spending more at the Cincinnati casino and two racinos in the region than in neighboring southeast Indiana.

Ohio casino revenue reports show the $33.9 million spent in May at the casino and racinos accounted for nearly 54 percent of the money played in the southwest Ohio region. The three southeast Indiana riverboats took the rest, or 46 percent, of local gambling dollars.

Those three riverboats took in 64.3 percent of all gambling dollars in the region in May 2013, before the new racinos opened.

The shift means more tax revenue funding for Ohio schools, counties and municipalities — and less in Indiana.

The money Indiana collects from casino taxes has dropped from a peak of nearly $876 million in 2009 to about $752 million in fiscal 2013.

In April, Indiana casino revenue fell to $192 million, down from $207 million in April 2013.




 

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  • Never going back
    I've been to the Horseshoe in Cincy and I can't imagine ever going to a smoky casino again. I used to go to French Lick once or twice a year, but even the whole has the whole wafting cigarette smoke issue. My asthma can't handle the Vegas strip or anything in Lake County. I had hope that with the Evansville smoking ban, the Tropicana would finally go smoke-free, but they're buying their way out of that too. I can go to Illinois or Ohio and keep breathing while enjoying a casino. It's worth the trip. Indiana should get its act together if it has any hope of saving its gaming industry.
  • Smoke
    Who wants to smell smoke and take the smell with you when you leave ??
  • Why not indy for a casino
    I believe it is tine indy has a casino union station
  • Cloud of smoke
    I would prefer any of the out of state casinos if they were non-smoking. The horrible smoke is what keeps me away (even in the so-called 'non smoking' are of Hoosier Casino.
  • idea
    I have an idea why not let the casinos compete on a even playing field. Indiana says they have to be a boat? You have to walk forever to get inside. Crazy Let them compete evenly if they fail they fail.
  • Duh
    Siphoning gambling dollars from neighboring states has just about run its course as the other states have allowed more gambling across the border. So, while we look forward to lowering taxes and/or subsidizing our now less-profitable casinos, what's the next big idea? Brothels along the borders wouldn't seem to fly with the legislature or governor. Marijuana? The competitive advantage probably wouldn't last too long. Under 21 drinking? Meth/heroin/cocaine, etc? Other ideas?

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