(Cincinnati) -- The Horseshoe Casino brought in just over $21 million in March, less than Cleveland's Horseshoe, but slightly more than the Columbus Hollywood Casino. The gaming resort on the northeastern corner of Downtown Cincinnati is also the last of the four casinos to open for business in Ohio.
The casino opened March 4 and doesn't have a full month of revenue to count.
It also paid out a lower percentage than Cleveland at the table games, but more than the Hollywood Casinos in Columbus and Toledo. Gamblers at the slot machines at the Cincinnati Horseshoe had the least amount of luck. The percentage of winnings were higher at the other three casinos.
Gamers and gamblers took just over $26 million to the table games at the Horseshoe, but they got most of it back. The Ohio Casino Control Commission says the casino's winnings from table games was a little over $5 million. Visitors dropped $148 million in the slot machines and video poker games, and the casino returned all but $15.8 million of it as winnings.
The City of Cincinnati will be receiving a check for $285,000, while Hamilton County will get $1.1 million in casino revenue.
The brand new Horseshoe Casino reported gambling revenues of $21 million in March and it is clear much of that money came from gamblers who had been going to the boats in Indiana.
The Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, which made $38 million in March of last year saw that total slip to $29 million in the face of new competition. Admissions to the Lawrenceberg boat fell by almost 80,000.
Rising Star took a $2 million revenue hit, while Belterra was affected the least seeing their take fall by just a half million.
One thing the Indiana boats have going for them in the face of new competition are looser slots. Hollywood, Rising Sun and Belterra all paid back to slot players more than 90 percent of the money put in.