Jack Casino Northfield Ohio

MGM Northfield and Jack casino and racino set to reopen in Ohio Cleveland's Jack Casino will not open poker, coat check, valet, bars, and buffets at this time. United States Cleveland's Jack Casino and Thistledown Racino will both reopen at 6 a.m. On Friday, while MGM Northfield opens Saturday at noon. JACK Thistledown Racino was a very nice place to go with other couples. It was fairly easy to get around even though it was very busy. The restaurant was very good and the menu selection was vast and prices were fair considering where you were.

Jack Casino Northfield Ohio

Introduction to Ohio Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020

Ohio slot machine casino gambling consists of eleven casinos. Four are stand-alone casinos with table games while seven casinos are pari-mutuel racinos with horse tracks and simulcast betting.

Ohio casinos have a minimum theoretical payout limit. Return statistics are publicly available.

This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.

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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Ohio*

The minimum legal gambling age in Ohio depends upon the gambling activity:

  • Land-Based Casinos: 21
  • Poker Rooms: 21
  • Bingo: 18
  • Lottery: 18
  • Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18

In 1933, an approved constitutional amendment legalized pari-mutual wagering at racetracks. The 1970s saw the arrival of the lottery and charity bingo. Social poker games have always existed, but the house must not profit from the game.

The original operators of Ohio’s four stand-alone casinos backed a proposed constitutional amendment. In November 2009, 52% of voters approved the constitutional amendment allowing one casino in the cities of:

  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Toledo

In addition to the usual fees and taxes imposed on Ohio businesses, the constitutional amendment required or specified:

  • A 33% tax on gross casino revenue
  • Distribution of the proceeds of the tax
  • A license fee of $50 million per casino dedicated to workforce development
  • An initial capital investment of $250 million for the development of each casino facility
  • The existence of the Ohio Casino Control Commission
  • The Ohio General Assembly would pass other laws to facilitate the operation of the casino gaming amendment
    • A maximum of 5,000 slot machines at each casino facility
    • There is no limit on the number of table games allowed

Subsequent changes in state lottery legislation allowed pari-mutual racetracks to begin offer video lottery terminal (VLT) style slot machines in 2012. These were the first racinos in Ohio.

*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.

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Slot Machine Private Ownership in Ohio

It is legal to own a slot machine privately in the state of Ohio without restriction as to its date of manufacture.

Gaming Control Board in Ohio

In 2009, a constitutional amendment created the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Its website is comprehensive but only applies to slot machine casino gambling at Ohio’s four stand-alone casinos.

In 1973, a constitutional amendment established the Ohio Lottery Commission. The Ohio Lottery eventually became responsible for and controls video slot machines found at Ohio’s seven racinos. These pari-mutuel racetracks began adding VLT-style slot machines starting in 2012.

The state gaming commission offers significant resources for slots enthusiasts besides return statistics. For instance, enforcement provides quarterly and fiscal year gaming crimes and statistics including offenses by statute.

Casinos in Ohio

There are four commercial casino resorts and seven commercial pari-mutuel racetracks with simulcast betting as well as slot machines in Ohio.

The largest casino in Ohio is Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs with 2,386 gaming machines in February 2020.

The second-largest casino is MGM Northfield Park with 2,183 gaming machines in February 2020.

Commercial Casinos in Ohio

The four casino resorts in Ohio are:

  1. Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati found in downtown Cincinnati located 106 miles southwest of Columbus along the Ohio River near the borders of Kentucky and Indiana.
  2. Hollywood Casino Columbus in Ohio’s capital of Columbus.
  3. Hollywood Casino Toledo found 140 miles north of Columbus near the border to Michigan.
  4. JACK Cleveland Casino found 144 miles northeast of Columbus near Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland.

The seven pari-mutual racetracks with VLT-style slot machines in Ohio are:

  1. Belterra Park found 10 miles southeast of downtown Cincinnati on the Ohio River.
  2. Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs found 11 miles south of downtown Columbus.
  3. Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway found 59 miles north of Cincinnati.
  4. Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Race Course in Youngstown found 68 miles southeast of Cleveland.
  5. JACK Thistledown Racino in North Randall found 16 miles southeast of Cleveland.
  6. MGM Northfield Park found 18 miles southeast of Cleveland.
  7. Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon found 30 miles north of Cincinnati.

Tribal Casinos in Ohio

Ohio has no tribal casinos as no federally-recognized American Indian tribes exist in this state.

Other Gambling Establishments

As an alternative to enjoying Ohio slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Ohio is:

  • North: Michigan Slots and Lake Erie
  • East: Pennsylvania Slots
  • Southeast: West Virginia Slots
  • South: Kentucky Slots
  • West: Indiana Slots

Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Ohio.

Our Ohio Slots Facebook Group

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Payout Returns in Ohio

Ohio’s Gaming Control Act section 3772.20 states that the minimum theoretical payout is 85% for slot machines at Ohio’s casino resorts. This same payout limit applies to slot machines at Ohio’s racetracks with slot machines thanks to the Ohio Lottery’s Video Lottery Game Rules.

Ohio’s five stand-alone casino resorts have return statistics publicly available from the Ohio Gaming Commission. However, Ohio’s seven racetracks with slot machines have their return statistics available from the Ohio Lottery. Both sources offer return statistics by:

  • Month
  • Casino
  • State-wide

In February 2020, Monthly Casino Revenue Reports from the Ohio Gaming Commission shows return statistics for the four casino resorts were:

  • State-Wide: 91.82%
  • Hard Rock Cincinnati: 92.03%
  • Hollywood Columbus: 92.06%
  • Hollywood Toledo: 90.97%
  • JACK Cleveland: 92.29%

The highest return for casino resorts went to JACK Cleveland at 92.3% while the lowest went to Hollywood Toledo at 91.0%.

In February 2020, VLT Fiscal Revenue Reports from the Ohio Lottery shows return statistics for the seven racinos were:

  • State-Wide: 90.79%
  • Belterra Park: 90.90%
  • Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs: 90.48%
  • Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway: 90.71%
  • Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Race Course: 90.20%
  • JACK Thistledown Racino: 90.64%
  • MGM Northfield Park: 90.97%
  • Miami Valley Gaming: 91.31%

The highest return for racinos went to Miami Valley Gaming at 91.3% while the lowest went to Hollywood Mahoning Valley at 90.2%. Overall, JACK Cleveland had the best return of any casino or racino in Ohio while Hollywood Mahoning Valley had the lowest.

Summary of Ohio Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020

Ohio slot machine casino gambling consists of eleven casinos operating under two gaming commissions. These casinos include four stand-alone casino resorts regulated by the Ohio Gaming Commission and seven racinos with pari-mutuel wagering and video-lottery-terminal (VLT) style slot machines regulated and controlled by the Ohio Lottery.


The minimum theoretical payout limit at all Ohio casinos is 85%. Each gaming control board offers monthly return statistics which are publicly available.

Annual Progress in Ohio Slot Machine Casino Gambling

In the last year, JACK Cincinnati has officially switched ownership to Hard Rock Cincinnati. Further, in Cincinnati over the last year, Boyd Gaming operates Belterra Park after this racino’s purchase in late 2018.

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(Redirected from Thistledown Racecourse)
Jack Thistledown Racino
Location North Randall, Ohio
Address 21501 Emery Road
Opening dateApril 9, 2013 (as casino)
Total gaming space57,000 sq ft (5,300 m2)
Casino typeRacino
OwnerVici Properties
Operating license holderJack Entertainment
CoordinatesCoordinates: 41°26′14″N81°31′49″W / 41.4371°N 81.5303°W
Jack Thistledown Racino
Date opened1931
Race typeThoroughbred
Course typeFlat, Harness Racing
Notable racesCane Pace
Cradle Stakes
Bassinet Stakes

Jack Thistledown Racino is a thoroughbredracetrack and casino in North Randall, Ohio, at the outskirts of the city of Cleveland. It is owned by Vici Properties and operated by Jack Entertainment.

History and Information[edit]

The track came under the regulation of the Ohio Racing Commission in 1931 when it was formed. The track is the home of the Ohio Derby, the only graded stakes race in Ohio.

The track races under the Ohio 7/7 Program which means that live racing is held at two locations in the state at the same time. During the summer Thistledown races seven races on a card and Belterra Park (formerly River Downs) races the other seven. In September, Beulah Park takes over for Belterra Park. Ohio racing is dark January to March. The track declined in recent years due to summertime competition and the lack of slot machines that neighboring tracks have.

In 2007, Thistledown's parent company, Magna Entertainment, announced that the racetrack was for sale. As a result of staggering losses in which Magna Entertainment reported net losses of $87.4 million in 2006, $105.3 million in 2005 and $95.6 million in 2004, and has an accumulated deficit of $393.8 million as of March 31, 2007, Magna Entertainment stated: 'Accordingly, the company's ability to continue as a going concern is in substantial doubt and is dependent on the company generating cash flows that are adequate to sustain the operations of the business, renew or extend current financing arrangements and maintain its obligations with respect to secured and unsecured creditors, none of which is assured...'. Once-thriving Thistledown, which hosts the $300,000 Ohio Derby, posted a pretax loss of $4.5 million in 2006.[1][2] Thistledown and parent company, Magna Entertainment, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Thistledown was purchased in 2010 by Harrah's Entertainment (now Caesars Entertainment) for $43 million. The track was subsequently contributed to a Caesars joint venture with Rock Gaming in Summer 2012.

In June 2012, the State of Ohio inked a memorandum of understanding authorizing the state's seven racetracks to offer video lottery terminals (VLTs), and permitted some tracks to relocate to less gaming-concentrated areas of the state.[3]

In August 2012, Rock Ohio Caesars announced plans to invest $88 million to develop a racino at the existing North Randall site. Enhancements to the facility include transforming the main floor of ThistleDown’s grandstand into a 57,000 sq. ft. gaming space that will offer approximately 1,150 VLTs. Plans also included a 60-seat restaurant, two food court outlets, and a lounge.[4][5]

Rock Gaming acquired Caesars Entertainment's 20% stake in Rock Ohio Caesars in February 2015,[6] and later in the year announced that it would assume management of the properties, including Thistledown.[7] Rock Gaming announced in February 2016 that the company and its casinos would rebrand under the Jack name.[8] The racino closed for a day in March 2016 to undergo its transition to the Jack name and management.[9]

In 2020, Jack sold Thistledown in a leaseback deal to Vici Properties, with Vici buying Thistledown and Jack Cleveland Casino for a total of $843 million, and renting the two properties back to Jack for $66 million per year.[10]

On March 13, 2020, the track was closed until further notice following the directive from the State of Ohio and to comply with the Director of Ohio Department of Health's Order related to mass gatherings.[11]

Jack Racino Northfield Ohio

Physical Attributes[edit]

The track has a one-mile dirt oval. There is no turf course.


The track's premier race is the Grade IIIOhio Derby. The track also hosts numerous overnight handicaps and minor stakes during its April to September racing season. Ungraded handicaps and stakes run in 2010 are:[12]

  • Angenora Stakes
  • Dr. T. F. Classen Memorial Stakes
  • Mike Rowland Memorial Handicap
  • J. William (Bill) Petro Memorial Handicap
  • Cleveland Gold Cup
  • Rose DeBartolo Memorial Stakes
  • George Lewis Memorial Stakes
  • Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes
  • Miss Ohio Stakes
  • Governor's Buckeye Cup
  • Best of Ohio Distaff
  • Best of Ohio Endurance
  • Best of Ohio Sprint
  • Juvenile Stakes
  • Honey Jay Stakes

See also[edit]


  1. ^http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2007/09/there_it_goes_thistledown_up_f.html
  2. ^https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/06/AR2007090602281.html
  3. ^http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/06/thistledown_agreement_outlines.html
  4. ^http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/08/thistledown_approved_to_obtain.html
  5. ^Thomas Ott (April 9, 2013). 'Thistledown draws a crowd for opening of Ohio's second racino'. The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, OH. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  6. ^Karen Farkas (February 26, 2015). 'Rock Ohio Ventures buy Caesar's 20 percent interest and now owns Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, Thistledown and other entities'. The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, OH. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  7. ^Karen Farkas (November 2, 2015). 'Rock Gaming takes over management of Horseshoe Cleveland Casino from Caesar's Entertainment'. The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, OH. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  8. ^Michael Martinez (February 23, 2016). 'Greektown Casino to be renamed 'Jack''. Detroit News. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  9. ^Karen Farkas (March 9, 2016). 'Jack's got an attitude, unveiled at Thistledown Racino'. The Plain Dealer. Cleveland. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
  10. ^Howard Stutz (January 25, 2020). 'VICI finalizes purchase of two Cleveland-area casinos; leases properties back to Jack Entertainment'. CDC Gaming Reports. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  11. ^https://twitter.com/JACKThistledown
  12. ^http://www.thistledown.com/Horsemen/StakesSchedule/

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