JACK Thistledown Racino Opens New Two-Storey Outdoor Gaming Patio

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The JACK Thistledown Racino recently unveiled a brand new 12,000 square foot outdoor gaming patio.

Called the Revel Oak area, the open-air venue is the Ohio racino’s first major improvement since 2017 and is unmatched in the state when it comes to concept and technology, this offering its customers with a one-of-a-kind gaming experience.

Said JACK Entertainment general manager Angela Matthews in a statement:

“We have committed ourselves to delivering an exceptional space that is not only unique but unrivaled in the area. Our devotion to this expansion is not just representative of our investment in our guests but in the community in which JACK Thistledown Racino calls home.”

The Revel Oak Area

Located on the front side of the Ohio racino and accessible from the racino floor, the Revel Oak is open of three sides to permit smoking, which is banned inside Ohio casinos. The two-story space has 250 video lottery terminals and a 10-seat bar on the top floor of the patio. It utilizes intelligently designed louvers, open spaces, and a commercial-grade exhaust system. These state-of-the-art facilities gives guests an unobstructed flow out outside air coming to the gaming space. At the same time, it is equipped with a climate-controlling feature that mitigates the cool Northern Ohio temperatures through spring and provides indoor-like warmth.

Its striking design includes wood accents, unique lighting, and greenery elements to accentuate the outdoor setting. A double-radius grand staircase surrounded by a Sapele slat wood wall is the focal point of attraction of the Revel Oak. It also has a terrazzo floor featuring an outline of the state, with the Ohio racino’s location marked with a heart. It also boasts of a custom hand blown chandelier by local artist, Cleveland Art.

Originally a Horse Racing Track

Thistledown began as a horse racing track in 1925 and horse racing still takes place there four days in a week from April to October. The casino opened in August 2013, owned at that time by Rock Ohio Caesars and managed by Caesars Entertainment. It is now owned and operated by JACK Entertainment, the company previously owned by Cleveland Cavaliers team owner Dan Gilbert.

According to the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio racino posted $13.6M in revenues for the month of February 2021 which is an 8.7% increase from its February 2020 figures. This numbers represent the money kept by the house after the payout of winnings. Thistledown also reported $115.3M in total revenues for 2020, which included three months where it was forced to shut down by the state due to the pandemic. During the pre-pandemic 2019, its revenue totaled $142.5 M