Check Out These Casinos in the Columbus Area

Has the Columbus area of Ohio caught your eye? Are you curious about the things to do in Columbus? There are several Columbus area attractions to consider, and many that are a close distance to the active adult communities in Columbus. But perhaps one of the most exciting things to do for a lot of folks is checking out Columbus casinos.


There are only two Columbus casinos to choose from, but both offer a little something different for their guests. In this article, we’ll break down the best perks of each. And if you’re in the mood for a road trip, there are also two other casinos in the Ohio area that might be worth considering.


Columbus Casinos

Ohio first approved a constitutional amendment to authorize casino gaming at specific locations in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo, in 2009. With a 52 percent vote in favor, the four casinos help generate taxes for the state by paying a 33 percent tax on gross casino revenue. So in a way, you might just justify a healthy casino-going habit by telling yourself that you’re helping to support the state! Ok, that’s a bit of a stretch. But casinos can be a fun way to spend a little free time and most casinos are open 24/7 so they work around anyone’s schedule. Below are the two casinos in Columbus proper.


Hollywood Casino Columbus

With over 200 slot machines, video poker, and a dedicated, 8,000 sq. ft. gaming and patio space for smokers—Hollywood Casino attempts to offer a “Vegas-like” experience for gaming fanatics. The bigger of Columbus’ two casinos, it offers a total of about 160,000 sq. ft. with high ceilings, oversized fans, an entertainment stage, and a large bar.


As far as tables go, Hollywood Casino Columbus offers over 65 table games and is the only casino in Columbus to offer live dealer table game action. Available games include roulette, craps, blackjack and poker, mini-baccarat, Face-Up Pai Gow Poker, and Crazy 4 Poker. Plus, if you're a beginner the casino also offers instructions on how to play some of their most popular games via their website. If you want to get even more practice in, you can try out stadium-style electronic table games, offering lower minimum bets and less intimidation, with live dealers broadcast on big-screen TVs while you bet at your own personal table. Other game areas include a poker room and an online gaming area.


When you get hungry, there are six different dining options to choose from with a mix of fast food and full restaurant service options. The casino also hosts regular concerts and offers events and meeting spaces for rent.

Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs

This Columbus casino is a part of Caesars Entertainment, connecting it to some of the most renowned casinos across the world—including Caesars Palace®, Harrah’s®, Horseshoe®, Eldorado®, Silver Legacy®, Circus Circus® Reno and Tropicana®, among many others casinos. This is a huge plus for those who like to travel and play since it allows them to use a single rewards program to stack up points.


Eldorado casino encompasses a total of 117,000 square feet and offers over 2,200 slot machines. Attached to the casino is also a horse track that has been operated since 1959. Plus you can find two full-service dining options in addition to the Dash Cafe, which offers quicker options for those on the go. If you’re a fan of beer though, you might want to take a minute to sit down at Brew Brothers, featuring award-winning beer selections that include 10 drafts that are custom brewed in-house, locally crafted beers, as well as a wide variety of commercial offerings.


Entertainment-wise, the casino typically has a summer concert series in addition to regular concerts and acoustic sets at the brewery.

Beyond Columbus Casinos

If neither of the two casinos in Columbus are doing it for you, there are still two other casinos in Ohio that might be worth considering. The first is the Jack Cleveland Casino, offering about 100,000 sq. ft. of total gaming with 1,609 slot machines, 119 table games, 28 poker tables, and 35 electronic table games. The other is Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati—a two-story casino with 100,000 square feet of gaming space, 2,000 slot machines, 85 table games, and a 31-table World Series of Poker room.


Both casinos are located in the cities’ downtown areas, making it convenient to walk the town for the night, grab food at a nearby restaurant, and head over to the casino pretty much whenever you like since they are also both open 24/7.


While Columbus may not be as synonymous with casinos as say, Las Vegas, this city still has plenty to offer for active adults who are looking to do a little gambling. And, with several 55+ communities in Columbus to choose from, this fun Midwest city has a lot to offer to active adults looking to make the most out of their retirement.


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Published  11.01.21 

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