Playing the slots (video lottery terminals) will soon be a reality in Ohio as state officials finally came to an agreement about this issue. With 2,500 machines planning on being installed at all the seven horse tracks by the end of the summer, the state estimates that this decision will bring in approximately $933 million.
Many states have begun using this strategy to help provide state tax revenue and help with budget issues. Although many organizations disagree with this decision, the potential additional income brought in by this decision can make a big difference with helping the state financially. People have been driving to other states to enjoy this entertainment but now with the news of Ohio slots soon, they’ll be able to go to one of the many horse racetracks in the state and push those buttons as often as they like.
With racetracks located throughout Ohio, people will have easy access to playing Ohio slots without having to drive for miles anymore. The new slots will be located at the following Ohio Race Parks:
Located in Grove City, Ohio, Beulah Park was the state’s first thoroughbred racetrack. It debuted in 1923 and is often compared to Saratoga. It recently went through a multi-million dollar make-over. Soon slot machines will be lined up for patrons to try their luck along with playing the ponies. Columbus, Ohio has Scioto Downs racetrack.
Halfway between Dayton and Cincinnati is Lebanon, Ohio, home of Lebanon Raceway. This track has been racing horses since 1948 and can hold up to 3,000 spectators in its grandstand.
Raceway Park is located near Toledo. Opening its doors in 1959 as an auto racetrack, it began horse racing three years later.
Cincinnati has the famous racetrack River Downs. This track opened in 1925 and the champion horse Seabiscuit ran here twice during his career.
Northfield Park located in southeast Cleveland has the only microbrewery at a racetrack in the entire world. Their grandstand is glass-enclosed for climate control.
Thistledown is home to the Ohio Derby which is held every June.