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Old 10-01-2012, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I'm moving back to Columbus shortly and one of my friends said she thinks the casino's opening will be Columbus's downfall. Do you think its true?
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:18 PM
 
Location: OH
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I'm moving back to Columbus shortly and one of my friends said she thinks the casino's opening will be Columbus's downfall. Do you think its true?
Downfall? That seems a little drastic don't ya think? I do not see how a casino could lead to the demise of a major metropolitan area with a population of over 1,000,000 residents. Consider that the 4 casinos in Ohio will be privately run with the state of Ohio receiving some tax revenue and distributing it to the 88 counties on a pro rata basis according to population. I don't see how the casino would be a negative for Columbus based on this since Columbus has nothing at stake from a budgetary standpoint. I doubt it will increase crime. After all, look at where they built the thing. I'd be willing to bet the increased traffic and simply having the lights on in a previously blighted area will reduce crime.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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I mentioned awhile back that I didn't think the casinos would live up to the hype. There have been articles recently stating that overall revenues are already down due to market saturation, and this is before Columbus and Cincinnati open theirs. Throw in the fact that racing tracts are upgrading to "racinos" and there's just too many places now to gamble. So the ultimate future of these places will depend on market factors. I doubt all of them survive long term.

That said, even if the casino was to fail in Columbus, or any other Ohio city for that matter, it's hard to imagine that would have much impact beyond the immediate neighborhood they're in, and certainly not the "downfall" of an entire city.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:25 AM
 
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the columbus casino will be a huge success.ive lived all over the us and seen and done it all ..this will be a huge winner.the columbus casino will be substantially larger than the other ohio casinos and will also get a good portion of the dayton market being geographically closer to alot of metro dayton.i imagine the riverboat casinos in indiana and the wheeling casino may be hurt a little..but i would guess..perhaps all 4 ohio casinos will be profitable..i dont foresee any of them losing money.even the crappy lottery games at scioto downs are a huge success.the internet cafes will be hurt.how the hell are they even allowed to operate anyway??
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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the columbus casino will be a huge success.ive lived all over the us and seen and done it all ..this will be a huge winner.the columbus casino will be substantially larger than the other ohio casinos and will also get a good portion of the dayton market being geographically closer to alot of metro dayton.i imagine the riverboat casinos in indiana and the wheeling casino may be hurt a little..but i would guess..perhaps all 4 ohio casinos will be profitable..i dont foresee any of them losing money.even the crappy lottery games at scioto downs are a huge success.the internet cafes will be hurt.how the hell are they even allowed to operate anyway??
A huge success maybe for the first few months... after that I'm not so sure given how many gambling places are in the region. I'd also imagine that Dayton's casino traffic will be, at best, split with Cincinnati and places in Indiana. I just don't see the totally rosy picture in the long-term. I think it will survive just because of the growing population... but other than that?
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thanks for all your opinions. I was surprised that they built the casino's so close to Columbus.
I've lived in Seattle for the past 18 months and there's a big one about an hour from here. It's next to the outlets and I swung in one day on the way home. It was quite depressing, very smokey, everyone playing was old and yellow from the smoke. People looked quite desperate in there.
I've never heard anyone here mention the casinos, so was wondering once the excitement of having a casino went away if it would be the same thing.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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I wish they would have built the casino downtown. Cleveland's casino is in a perfect location: adjacent to a shopping mall and the central transit hub, next to two sports arenas and within a short walk of the Rock Hall, Cleveland Browns Stadium, the new convention center, etc. I think the Arena District would have been a far more attractive location.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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I wish they would have built the casino downtown. Cleveland's casino is in a perfect location: adjacent to a shopping mall and the central transit hub, next to two sports arenas and within a short walk of the Rock Hall, Cleveland Browns Stadium, the new convention center, etc. I think the Arena District would have been a far more attractive location.
The problem is that the exact same layout they used on the West Side would've been used in the Arena District, meaning a HUGE sea of parking. That would've been a complete waste of space in that area and I think the AD is better off without it and the West Side, even if the casino doesn't ultimately perform well long-term, will and has already helped that area start to come back. The AD didn't need it.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:36 AM
 
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at first i was dissapointed the casino wouldnt be downtown in columbus but now i can see that the columbus location is the best of all the ohio casinos for long term success, btw most casinos arent smokey and for those who live sheltered lives casinos tend to attract an upscale clientelle,many retired ppl,mostly hard working ppl ..ppl tend to watch too many mafia movies and have never traveled when they think casinos bring riff raff.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Casinos can be fun. Head inside, grad a few comp drinks (assuming they are going to do that in Ohio) play slots, or whatever. The trick is getting out with your money intact. Not an easy task.

But Columbus downfall? That sounds kinda dramatic.
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