More than 5,000 members of the public were treated to a spectacular fireworks display as they queued around Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, Ohio’s fourth and final full-service casino, as it opened its doors to the public on March 4.
As it opened, more than 10,000 guests quickly filled the gaming floor and restaurants before midnight wanting to be the first to experience downtown Cincinnati’s newest first-class entertainment destination.
Horseshoe Cincinnati was developed by Rock Ohio Caesars, a joint venture between Rock Gaming LLC and Caesars Entertainment. With the latter managing the casino’s day-to-day operations. Horseshoe Cincinnati is a full member in Total Rewards, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program.
The 100,000 sq. ft. gaming floor offers approximately 2,000 slot machines, 87 table games, a 31-table World Series of Poker room, high limit gaming rooms, an Asian gaming room, that pays homage to Cincinnati’s sister city Liuzhou, China, and a VIP players’ lounge.
The grand opening event was attended by Gary Loveman, Chairman, President and CEO of Caesars; Dan Gilbert, Chairman of Rock Gaming; Kevin Kline, General Manager of Horseshoe Cincinnati and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory. Gary Loveman said: “Horseshoe Cincinnati represents the urban casino concept we have developed and has been quite successful for us in Cleveland, where we opened a little less than a year ago. To date, that property has attracted more than four million visitors and has injected millions of dollars into the local economy. We expect no less from Horseshoe Cincinnati.”
Dan Gilbert added: “From the time that we embarked on this US$400m casino development, we have looked for ways to create a more powerful impact for downtown Cincinnati and our guests.”
Mr. Gilbert is also majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
“We have doubled down on our commitments to Ohio,” he said. “We believe more than ever that Horseshoe Cincinnati will bring a renewed energy and life to the downtown area.”
As an urban casino, the development was designed to engage pedestrians and support existing culture, nightlife and sports attractions downtown. The property, located on a 23-acre area that was once a surface parking lot, is part of an on-going effort to energise downtown Cincinnati.
More than 2,000 construction jobs were created to build Horseshoe Cincinnati. The casino employs 1,700 team members, approximately 93 per cent of which hail from the greater Cincinnati area. The casino is projected to create $100m annually in gaming tax revenue and generate 6m visits annually to the downtown area, adding to the city’s impressive sports, entertainment, music and cultural attractions.
Caesars and Rock Gaming are also developing Horseshoe Baltimore, a $350m urban casino in Maryland, which is expected to open in 2014.
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, said: “Horseshoe Cincinnati is a huge new addition to Downtown. It’s putting thousands of Cincinnatians to work and it will open the door for new business development in the surrounding area. The casino opening is an exciting way to kick off 2013 in Cincinnati.”