Types of Casinos in Ohio
Ohio is home to two types of casinos: land-based casinos and racetrack casinos.
Land-based Ohio Casinos
Ohio’s land-based casinos are located in four major cities: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, and Columbus. All Ohio land-based casinos are open 24 hours and are non-smoking.
Be aware that Ohio state gaming regulations do not allow any casinos to provide free alcoholic beverages, and they are not allowed to serve any alcohol between 2 a.m.- 6 a.m.
All Ohio casinos offer such games as: blackjack, roulette, craps, video poker, and slots. Select Ohio casinos offer such games as: poker, baccarat, mini-baccarat, Mississippi stud, pai gow poker, three card poker, four card poker, sic-bo, let it ride, big six, casino war, and bingo.
If you are planning a visit Cincinnati, it is a popular metropolitan city and has two casinos, Belterra Park and Jack Casino Cincinnati.
Another popular city, Dayton, Ohio, is home to a Hollywood gaming casino in Dayton valley. Even in smaller remote towns there is a location to gamble, Mahoning Valley has a Hollywood Gaming casino which is less than 10 miles from Youngstown, Ohio.
There are no Ohio casinos with hotels, if you are planning a visit you will have to find lodging somewhere else.
Racetrack Casinos in Ohio
Ohio has seven racetrack casinos. All racetrack casinos have a minimum gambling age of 21 (18 for pari-mutuel betting) and are open 24 hours a day.
NOTE: In Ohio if you win a jackpot of $1,200 or more the Ohio Department of Taxation will collect 4% of your winnings as a state income tax. This $1,200 threshold applies to any cash prizes that are won in tournaments or casino drawings. Additionally, Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati will withhold an additional 2.5% of your winnings for city taxes. Toledo, Ohio has a threshold of $2,000 or more before the city tax will be collected. These $1,200 & $2,000 thresholds also apply to any cash prizes won in tournaments or casino drawings.
Ohio state gaming laws require casinos to post the payback statics of gaming machines for the public. Click here to see all payback statics of gaming machines in Ohio.
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Shown below is a list of all casinos in Ohio. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular Ohio casino.
- Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center
- Hollywood Casino – Columbus
- Hollywood Casino – Toledo
- Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway
- Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course
- JACK Cincinnati Casino
- JACK Cleveland Casino
- MGM Northfield Park
- Miami Valley Gaming
- Scioto Downs Racino
- Thistledown Racino
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For more information on visiting the casinos in Ohio, or general tourism information, call the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism at (800) BUCK-EYE, or visit their web site at www.ohio.org
TOP THINGS TO DO IN OHIO
Ohio is a paradise for art lovers as it is filled with a variety of notable museums which house collections of diverse artifacts from modern art to classical pieces. Ohio is also a perfect place to go to experience authentic Americana and it is filled with lots of attractions that you can explore. Some of the best things to do in Ohio are listed below.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
This is located on the waterfront in Cleveland and it is a top destination to go if you are a music lover. You will get detailed information about rock and roll history from different eras which feature all of the great artists from these time periods. The building houses seven floors of rock memorabilia including musical instruments, interactive exhibits, and costumes. The highlight of the gallery is the wing of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
Cedar Point Amusement Park
This park is among the most famous summer destinations in Ohio and can be found close to Sandusky on the Lake Erie shore. The park houses more than 17 world-class rollercoasters, live entertainment, and several kids’ areas. You are also going to find the Cedar Point Shores Water Park adjacent to the amusement park. The waterpark features a lazy river, wave pool, shallow pools for kids, and a six-story aqua-drop waterslide for those seeking a nerve-wracking adventure.
The best way to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life is to just drive through the stunning landscape of Amish Country on a summer day. On your drive, you will find Amish buggies on the twisting roads while the farmers work on their fields. You can also make a stop at the small communities where you can buy household goods, candy, ice cream, etc. Although the Amish Country covers five counties, the best place to start your trip is along the 160 miles of the Amish Country Byway located in Holmes County.
The Cleveland Museum of Art
This museum was founded in 1916 and it is widely known throughout the world for its magnificent collection. This building has gone through expansion several times over the years so that it can accommodate its growing collections. You are going to find a wide range of art in this museum such as European and Asian, as well as a variety of American pieces from different historical periods.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
This zoo is considered to be among the top zoos in the United States. The zoo houses over 10,000 animals and it consists of five regions which are: Asia Quest, Congo Expedition, Heart of Africa, Australia and the Islands, and North America. The zoo also hosts regular stage performances and special education programs all through the year. The highlight of the zoo is the Wildlights which is a mind-blowing celebration that has over three million lights all through the zoo. This show is run from late November through the holidays and it is a great way to see the animals in the zoo at night. You can also head to the Zoombezi Bay water park which is not far from the zoo and it is a perfect destination to go on your summer vacation.
The Franklin Park Conservatory
This is an all-year-round destination in Columbus and features a changing landscape of flowers and plants. You can also visit the Palm House which is the Victoria Styled greenhouse in the park which shows lovely palms that originate from different parts of the world. Some of the places to visit are glass greenhouse and The Conservatory which houses hundreds of species and exhibits throughout the year.
Cincinnati Museum Center
This is a multi-museum complex located inside the Union Terminal where you will get to experience a variety of interesting exhibits. The center consists of numerous museums which feature combined collections of about 1.8 million artifacts. Some of the best places to explore in this center are the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cincinnati History Library, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Natural History and Science. Even if you do not have a lot of time to explore, you can visit this museum center just to see the 1930s train station building which has an Art Deco design.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
This memorial can be found in Dayton and it is located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This location is widely known as the place where Wilbur and Orville Wright built their aircraft and learned how to fly. The memorial is located on Wright Brothers Hill which overlooks the Huffman Prairie Flying Field that was first built in 1940.