SEI Riverboat Advantage Could Go Up In Smoke
By Mike Perleberg
(Cincinnati, Oh.) – One advantage southeast Indiana’s casinos may have over those in Ohio is that smoking is allowed while inside.
That could be changing, however.
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is petitioning Ohio casino regulators to allow outdoor slot machines where smoking would be allowed, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The Ohio Casino Control Commission would need to approve the request before gamblers could light up.
Construction has already started on a 10,000 square foot smoking patio at Horseshoe Casino.
Casino officials expect the 150 new outdoor slots to add $10 million in annual gambling revenue.
Ohio passed a public indoor smoking ban in 2006. Unlike Indiana’s ban which came after the advent of legalized casino gambling, the Ohio smoking ban does not contain an exemption for casinos.