Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Celebrates Grand Opening
March 05, 2013
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, Ohio’s fourth and final full-service casino,
officially opened its doors to the public the evening of Monday, March 4.
Horseshoe Cincinnati was developed by Rock Ohio Caesars LLC (ROC), a joint
venture between Rock Gaming LLC and Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CZR).
Caesars Entertainment manages the casino’s day-to-day operations. Horseshoe
Cincinnati is a full member in Total Rewards, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty
The grand opening event was attended by Gary Loveman, chairman, president and
chief executive officer of Caesars Entertainment Corporation; Dan Gilbert,
chairman of Rock Gaming; Kevin Kline, senior vice president and general manager
of Horseshoe Cincinnati; Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory; Celebrity Chef Bobby
Flay, Grammy-award winning artist Michael Bolton, and many others. More than
5,000 members of the public were treated to a spectacular fireworks display as
they queued around the building waiting to be the first to experience downtown
Cincinnati’s newest first-class entertainment destination. More than 10,000
guests quickly filled the gaming floor and restaurants before midnight.
“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,” said Loveman. “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.”
“From the time that we embarked on this $400 million casino development, we have
looked for ways to create a more powerful impact for downtown Cincinnati and our
guests,” said Gilbert, who is also majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland
Cavaliers and chairman and founder of Quicken Loans, Inc. “We have doubled down
on our commitments to Ohio. We believe more than ever that Horseshoe Cincinnati
will bring a renewed energy and life to the downtown area.”
As an urban casino, the $400 million 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 ongoing effort to energize downtown Cincinnati. The
100,000 square-foot 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.
Other highlights of the property include Jack Binion’s Steak; celebrity chef
Bobby Flay’s first Ohio-based restaurant venture, Bobby’s Burger Palace; Jimmy
Buffett’s Margaritaville; The Spread buffet; The Rock Bar & Lounge, a
center-resort lounge featuring live music; grab and go food and beverage
options; a 24-hour Starbucks; a gift shop; and a 33,000 square foot meeting
Additionally, the casino has teamed up with seven of the city’s finest hotels
and 10 local restaurants to capitalize upon downtown Cincinnati’s unique
accommodations and cultural offerings. More than 2,000 construction jobs were
created to build Horseshoe Cincinnati. The casino employs 1,700 team members,
approximately 93 percent of which hail from the greater Cincinnati area. The
casino is projected to create $100 million annually in gaming tax revenue and
generate six million 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 $350 million
urban casino in Maryland, with CVPR Gaming Holdings, LLC, PRT Two, LLC, and The
Stronach Group, which is expected to open in 2014.
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