2 more racinos in Ohio mean more competition

THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press Published:

NORTHFIELD, Ohio (AP) -- The gambling scene is getting more crowded in Ohio.

Horse racing tracks offering slots-style video lottery terminals will debut Thursday in Lebanon northeast of Cincinnati and next Wednesday in Northfield north of Akron.

Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon and Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park both offer expanded gambling options beyond traditional betting on horses.

Ohio already has horse racing tracks with slots, called racinos for shorthand, near Cleveland and Columbus. Racinos also are planned in the Youngstown, Cincinnati and Dayton areas, all opening next year.

Ohio has voter-approved casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

Gambling expert David Schwartz at the University of Nevada Las Vegas says increased competition will lead to other ways to attract people, including good customer service and incentives to gamble.

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