April Lowest Month in Handle So Far in Ohio Sports Betting

April Lowest Month in Handle So Far in Ohio Sports Betting
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The Buckeye State is getting its first taste of what other states experience in the spring/summer months for the sports betting industry.

Ohio sports betting handle was down as the state's official April figures were released Wednesday afternoon by the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC).

As a reminder: In Ohio, sports betting occurs online/mobile (Type A proprietors), in the state’s brick-and-mortar casinos and racinos (Type B), and at kiosks (Type C) in smaller retailers throughout the state.

Total sports betting handle in the state for April generated more than $521.7 million. That was down a solid 29.4% from March's $738.61 million and the lowest mark since launching Jan. 1.

The handle for mobile Ohio sports betting apps (Type A proprietors) for April was $505.64 million, down 29.3% from March ($715.3M).

Retail sports betting handle (Type B proprietors) for the month generated almost $15 million, down 31.9% from March ($21.9 million).

The state's kiosk sports betting handle (Type C proprietors) posted more than $1.12 million, down 18.6% from March ($1.38 million). The number of Ohio sports betting kiosks also declined from 940 in March to 926 in April.

Sports betting revenue (Types A, B and C combined) for the month recorded more than $63.8 million, down 33% from March ($95.3 million).

Mobile promotional gaming credits (not deductible from total gross receipts) were more than $24.19 million, down more than $20 million since March's $44.44 million. 
Here are the top five mobile sports betting operators by handle in the state for the month:

  1. Belterra Park (FanDuel Ohio): $184,592,054
  2. Hollywood Toledo (DraftKings): $161,288,718
  3. MGM Northfield Park (BetMGM): $38,149,451
  4. Cleveland Guardians (Bet365): $36,915,067
  5. Scioto Downs (Caesars): $27,458,515

Ohio Sports Betting, April vs. March

Total Handle Mobile Handle Revenue
Change Down 29.4% Down 29.3% Down 33.0%


Casinos Suffer Down Month

After posting new record revenue in March, Ohio’s 11 casino and racino facilities (racetracks with slot machines) in April took a mild hit. The total generated was more than $204.56, but it was down 6.5% from March ($218.67 million).

The state’s four casinos combined for more than $86.49 million, down 7.5% from March ($93.47 million).

Seven racinos combined for over $118 million, down 5.7% from March ($125.19 million). MGM Northfield Park generated a new record of more than $26.47 million, breaking the old mark of $26.38 million in March 2023.

BetOhio.com — your source for Ohio sportsbook promos — will keep tabs on state revenue for sports betting and casinos each month.



Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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