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Horseshoe executives say they're excited about the casino's turnout after the first two weeks of business.

During an update to Hamilton County Commissioners, General Manager Kevin Kline reports the casino is making good on its hiring promises. He says the casino promised to hire 90 percent of its employees from the Cincinnati metro area. Currently, that number is 92 percent.

Kline says the casino is now working with downtown businesses and the convention and visitors bureau on ways to attract more people to the region.

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The roulette wheels will spin and the lights on the slot machines will flash when Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino opens its doors to the public for the first time tonight.

Down the river in southeast Indiana, all within an easy drive of downtown Cincinnati, there are three riverboat casinos that have been cash cows since the late 1990s for their owners; and the local governments that have benefited from the tax revenue they generate.

Rookwood Pottery's Roy Robinson

Mar 1, 2013

Cincinnati’s acclaimed Rookwood Pottery recently named artist Roy Robinson to the position of Director of Creative Development where he’ll be responsible for the development and design of special commissions, gifts, retail products and one-of-a-kind pieces. Our Stuart Holman talks with Roy Robinson about this new position, what brought him to Rookwood, and the newly created beer stein for downtown’s Horseshoe Casino.

Most people think of drugs or alcohol when they hear the word "addiction." But gambling can be addictive too, especially for those also dealing with drug or alcohol problems. In part four of our series leading up to the Cincinnati Casino opening, WVXU's Tana Weingartner takes a look at gambling addiction.

Gambling addiction. It's the seedy, dark side of Ohio's glitzy new casinos. A reason some used for opposing them.

Sarah Ramsey

The new Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is expected to attract millions of visitors each year and the majority of them will be driving

So where will all the cars go?  Many will park in the new 2500 space parking structure attached to the casino.  

Casino sneak peek

Feb 26, 2013
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You may not realize it but if you go to the new Horseshoe Casino or even walk past it, chances are you will be watched on camera. The casino security staff, state agents and Cincinnati Police officers are partnering to try to keep the Horseshoe safe and prevent theft.

The security office is one of the busiest places at Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino. Everybody, except for guests, has to check in there first. That means, employees, delivery people, reporters and more. The casino security and surveillance departments watch them long before they get to that office.

Jay Hanselman

Many people have watched as the Broadway Commons was transformed from a parking lot into a $400 million casino complex that is planning to open its doors to the public next Monday.

What they may not have noticed is that the casino project has transformed the long-neglected neighborhood of Pendleton, just across Reading Road from Horseshoe Casino.

Horseshoe Casino customers will be able to park for free from six at night to six in the morning when the casino opens March 5th. 

In a release, the casino says you can also park for free on weekends.  Weekday parking will be free for guests who play slots or table games for 30 minutes or an hour of poker or spend at least $25 in a restaurant or gift shop.  Otherwise hourly rates will cost from a dollar for the first hour to a daily maximum of 14 dollars.  Hotel shuttles will also be available.

Jay Hanselman

The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is scheduled to open its doors March 4th.  

City officials and others gathered Tuesday morning near the site to celebrate infrastructure improvements near the Downtown location.  

Mayor Mark Mallory said the work is the result of a collaboration between the city, the casino and nearby residents.

“There’s a lot of work that has gone into making sure that this facility fits the community,” Mallory said.  “That the operators of the casino understand what this community is all about and they do.”