Casino giant MGM enters Ohio gaming market at Northfield Park

Ohio’s busiest gaming facility is now fully under the operation and branding of one of the largest casino companies in the world, with Tuesday’s ceremonial grand opening of MGM Northfield Park.

MGM Properties in July paid $1 billion for the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park and then on April 1 rebranded the site now being operated by the affiliated MGM Resorts International.

Northfield Park has long led all Ohio casino and racing operations. Yet MGM’s first entry into Ohio raises the possibility of growth in the Cleveland/Akron market, which last year totaled $588.2 million in slots and table gambling revenue, combining the totals for the Hard Rock Rocksino ($255.9 million), JACK Thistledown Racino ($127.4 million) and JACK Casino Cleveland ($204.9).

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