Ohio Gambling More on Slots Than Sports Since April

  • Ohio slots machines reeled in more revenue than sports betting for a third consecutive month in June.
  • Ohio sports betting generated $32 million in taxable revenue, its lowest mark since launching in January.
  • Casino slot revenue at $58.6 million for June is Ohio’s second-lowest month in 2023.

CLEVELAND – Numbers from the Ohio Casino Control Commission show that slot revenue surpassed sports betting revenue in the Buckeye State for a third consecutive month in June. Ohio residents bet roughly $3.8 billion since legal Ohio sports betting launched in January, but Ohioans bet $12.4 billion on slot machines across that time span.

Slot machines receive more than triple of the Ohio gambling action as sports betting. Slots handle and revenue is consistent in 2023, with the revenue staying between $58.5 and $66.7 million every month.

2023 Ohio Casino Gambling Statistics

Month: Slot Coin In: Slot Revenue:
January $754,128,763 $59,068,458
February $752,965,642 $59,068,458
March $843,999,243 $66,742,350
April $791,972,347 $62,509,881
May $761,397,639 $58,495,571
June $760,173,742 $58,640,910

The “slot coin in” – essentially the handle for slots – in June more than doubled the online sports betting handle in Ohio. It’s a slow month for sports, as Ohio sports fans await the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals kickoff of the NFL season on September 7.

Most USA online gambling action on sports in June is on baseball. The Cleveland Guardians and Cincinnati Reds both hail from Ohio, but statistics from the Ohio Casino Control Commission prove that slot machines are the current gambling preference.

Even with Ohio hosting two MLB teams near the top of their divisions, residents are gambling more on slot machines than sportsbooks.

Ohio Sports Betting Statistics Since April

Month: Total Handle: Taxable Revenue:
January $1,113,444,567 $209,607,632
February $639,053,139 $81,055,197
March $737,222,853 $94,855,310
April $520,576,451 $63,330,880
May $446,241,376 $57,881,597
June $362,111,919 $32,708,862

$32.7 million in taxable revenue for Ohio sports betting in June is confidently their worst month, with slots revenue generating nearly $26 million more.

It’s unlikely this slots supremacy over sportsbooks trend continues once NFL gambling returns in September.