ThistleDown Racino posts its strongest month as competitor Hard Rock Rocksino gets set to open

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - ThistleDown Racino in November posted its strongest month since opening its doors as the state’s second slots only racino in April, bringing in nearly $13.3 million after all bets were paid.

That comes to $385 a day from each of its 1,152 VLTs or slots. To put that in perspective, the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland brought in $210 per machine, per day and the state’s other racino, Scioto Downs’ daily take per machine was $179.

In fact, no other casino or racino in Ohio or neighboring Pennsylvania had a daily take per machine over $300.

The momentum that ThistleDown has enjoyed will see its first test this month though as the nearby Hard Rock Rocksino gets set to open its doors Dec.18 at Northfield Park.

Unlike the racino at ThistleDown which was built into the track’s 1950s grandstand, the Hard Rock will be a 200,000 square-foot standalone facility in the parking lot just off the Northfield Park grandstand.

It will boast Hard Rock Live, a 2,000-seat entertainment venue and a 350-seat comedy club along with several dining options including a Hard Rock Café and Bernie Kosar’s Wood Fired Grill.

When ThistleDown opened in April, it drew slots players from the Horseshoe Cleveland who were able to use their Caesars Total Rewards card at either property.

Though the Horseshoe’s slots numbers dropped, the combined slots revenue brought in by the two Rock Ohio Caesars properties continued to rise showing the market was still growing.

November revenue numbers released Monday showed the two bringing in a new high $24.8 million in combined slots play in November.

How much Hard Rock will take from that won’t be truly known for several months, nor will how much the Rocksino will be able to grow the market by offering something the other two haven’t under one roof.

Hard Rock will have a controlled demonstration or soft opening for invited guests only on Dec. 16 before opening to the general public Dec. 18.

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