LISTEN – They’ll always take your action at G.A. –
August 20, 2020 – But after reopening in mid-June, business is booming again, and counselors are concerned.
“Since they’ve reopened, our calls to the hotline number and to the agency have been on a steady increase,” says Bruce Jones, who heads the gambling program at Maryhaven.
That demand is reflected in big profits for casinos and racinos around the state.
“Keep in mind that because of COVID, they reduced numbers of availability on the machines and some of the poker rooms were closed, and they still set records, so they’re back strong,” Jones says.
Jones says that, according to figures he’s seen, Hollywood Casino Columbus brought in $18 million last month.
“People are venturing back, even taking the risk with the social distancing and everything,” he says.
Jones adds it’s not just the availability of gambling: an influx of federal cash may have contributed to the increase.
“I think it’s great that people received stimulus checks during this period, but it was not a good thing for a lot of people in recovery,” he says.