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New Columbus casino, Ohio's 3rd, boosts wagering

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Regulators say the opening of Ohio's third casino sharply boosted wagering in October, despite a drop in betting at the other two gambling houses.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission reported Wednesday that wagers at the Horseshoe Cleveland, Hollywood Columbus and Hollywood Toledo casinos totaled nearly $479 million last month. The Columbus casino opened Oct. 8.

The highest monthly wagering total for the Cleveland and Toledo casinos, which opened in May, was $417 million in June as bettors tried out the new experience.

In its first 3½ weeks, the Columbus casino attracted $165 million in wagers.

Last month betting dropped 9.2 percent in Toledo and 2.2 percent in Cleveland.

Ohio's fourth casino opens next year in Cincinnati.