Scioto Downs Racino
Buffets: L- $15.99 D- $19.99
Admission: Free/$2 (Thu-Sat)
Games Offered: Only Video Lottery Terminals, similar to slot machines.
Special Features: Daily simulcast. Live Racing May-September Thu-Sat.
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I live behind the casino and regularly visit. When they first opened the slots were very loose and you could play for a long time and win money. Eldorado casinos has bought them out recently and they've tightened the machines extremely tight. Payouts are low and rare. Bonuses are so tight I have seen and personally have had no pay backs for the majority of the bonus rounds. The place is clean and nice. Happy hour is great for drinks at half price. Then there's Hollywood casino and its even worse. An article in the local dispatch was written about the Ohio gambling commission saying that their upset due to low projected income and wants the casino to increase their profits. Many people are going back to out of state casinos again to play. I hate to see our casinos getting greedy and taking the fun out of playing. Also be aware that many of the posts written are generated from companies hired from the casinos to increase the ratings and to hide the truth their establishments.
Nothing but slot machines and the track, obviously. I've never bet on the horses, but I've heard a lot of good things about it. As for the slots I've personally watched someone win a $2,000 jackpot, a $1,500 jackpot, and I won $500 myself. The machines aren't stingy and you'll win a decent amount on the right machine. It really does seem like some machines have higher payouts than others, and everybody knows it; you'll often see a line 2-3 deep PER machine for the popular ones that people know payout. If you're lucky someone will give up and you'll get to hit a few times. There are always people going around cleaning and making sure chairs are pushed in and things look neat, waitresses and bartenders are friendly, but I had to knock off a star because the bartenders (that I've encountered anyway) aren't exactly professional. I asked for a Crown and Coke and the guy did about a 75/25 mixture of alcohol to coke and it was extremely strong. Bottles or draft beer are nice though. Their INClub card is nice, a couple of dollars here and there plus free play, and you only get to upgrade if you spend more money on the machines, but you get more free play and stuff. Lastly, the food is amazing; they offer a buffet and they also have a small cafe, however everything is ridiculously overpriced. The cheapest thing at the cafe is a hotdog for about $5, and not even a fancy hotdog. That's the only reason I gave Food/Drink 2 stars is for the price, however it tastes great. I'd say your best bet if you plan on eating is to do the buffet.