CLEVELAND - March weather may have extended into April this year but the numbers at Northeast Ohio’s three gambling facilities did not.
After their strongest numbers in a year in March, the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland posted an April net win after all bets were paid of $18.8 million. That was down 11.5 percent from March or $2.4 million and down from last April around $1 million or 5.4 percent.
Table games brought in $8.6 million, down 4.4 percent from March, which was the Horseshoe’s biggest table game month since opening. Table figures were up though 9.2 percent over April of last year.
The Horseshoe’s slots numbers for April were $10.1 million after all bets were paid. That’s down $1.8 million from last year or around 15 percent and down $1.5 million or 13.3 percent from March.
The Horseshoe though now has 239 fewer slot machines than it did last April.
Ohio’s four casinos all saw numbers dip for the month with statewide revenue down 7.1 percent, the Horseshoe Cleveland though continued to be the leader in revenue with Hollywood Columbus coming in second at $17.4 million.
The region’s two racinos also saw video lottery terminal (VLT) numbers dip slightly in April from March.
Hard Rock Rocksino brought in $14.6 million in VLT revenue in April, down $1.2 million or 7.9 percent from March.
ThistleDown Racino posted a net win after all bets were paid of $10.5 million, off only about 1 percent from March.
ThistleDown’s daily win per machine though actually jumped in April to $304 from $298 in March, with the revenue difference literally equal to the additional calendar day in March vs. April.
The North Randall track, which opened its live racing season in April, continues to be the leader by a wide margin of the state’s four casinos and four racinos in daily win per machine.
The combined slots/VLT revenue figures for Northeast Ohio’s three gambling venues was down in April to $35.2 million from March’s $38.2 million but it’s still up 42 percent from November the last full month before the Hard Rock Rocksino opened.
Rock Ohio Caesars faces a June deadline to decide what to do with its ThistleDown property, whether to pay the state $25 million to move it to the Akron-Canton area or stay in North Randall.