Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol has cited Rock Casino Caesars Cincinnati, also known as the Horseshoe Casino, for over-serving a patron who allegedly caused a fatal crash March 20, 2016 along I-275 near Kellogg Avenue.

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Ohio's Horseshoe Casinos in Cincinnati and Cleveland will be renamed this year. 

They were owned by Caesar's Entertainment, which sold them to the original developer last year.  CEO Matt Cullen says now Rock Gaming has changed its name to Jack Entertainment.

  From companies selling out of storefronts, door-to-door, advertising by word of mouth, direct mail, newsprint, and now through social media and the internet, Cincinnati has a long and solid history as a city of marketers.

Music legend and former Cincinnati resident Peter Frampton is coming back to town for a concert appearance at the Horseshoe Casino on June 22. He’s on the phone with our Brian O’Donnell to talk about the tour with the Doobie Brothers, the upcoming release of the music he wrote for the Cincinnati Ballet, and a new Humble Pie box set.

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The Horseshoe Casino is a big, shiny new attraction near some old Cincinnati neighborhoods.  It is right across the street from Pendleton and within walking distance of Over-the-Rhine.  So what do those communities think of the casino now that it has been open for a year?  

“On a scale of one to ten, I would give them a ten,” said Tabatha Anderson, the current president of the Pendleton Neighborhood Council.  “If I could give them higher I would.”

Sarah Ramsey

There is no question that the three Indiana riverfront casinos within easy driving distance of downtown Cincinnati’s Horseshoe Casino have taken a financial hit over the past year.

But revenues have declined in all 13 Indiana venues, and none more so than the three southeastern Indiana casinos in the Cincinnati market - Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Rising Star Casino Resort and Belterra Casino.

And it has been going on for the past four years – long before Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati opened its doors.

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Long before casinos were a reality in Ohio, whenever the idea came up to make them legal, opponents would argue their presence would increase crime in and around these businesses. It’s been a year since Horseshoe Cincinnati opened, and in the fourth part of our series looking back at that year we’ve found, so far, fears of prostitution, drug activity and violent crime haven’t been realized.

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Supporters touted the potential economic benefits of casinos when the issue was placed on the ballot in 2009.  So how is Cincinnati's casino is doing so far when it comes to economic impact?

From a jobs standpoint,  the 1,700 workers at Horseshoe Cincinnati made it the largest of Ohio's four voter-approved casinos based on figures from last year.  Add to that the dollars invested in the project and you have a sizeable impact on the economy so far. 

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Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino will be the first venue in Ohio to host a World Series of Poker circuit event.

The 12-day tournament begins September 19 and runs through September 30.

Casino General Manager Kevin Kline anticipates 8,000 people will compete.

"Poker players will be traveling in from all over the country. We expect this to be a great feeder event," says Kline. "We expect (hotel) rooms to get filled up."

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The latest casino revenue numbers are out and they don't paint a good picture for Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino.

Cincinnati's revenues dropped from about $19.6 million in May to $17.6 million in June, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

All four of the state's casinos are reporting lower numbers for June. However, the roughly 10 percent drop for Horseshoe Cincinnati is the largest.

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It may look like slight-of-hand but the charges being leveled against five casino-goers aren't so slight. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is indicting five people for casino gaming offenses.

The alleged thieves are accused of stealing $50-$500 worth of chips. In Ohio, casino gaming offenses are felonies. If convicted on all charges, each defendant faces up to two years in prison.

Deters says the five were working individually. While the amounts stolen aren't very high, Deters says Tuesday's high-profile indictments are about sending a message to would-be cheaters.

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If you wonder why there's a large crowd at Horseshoe Cincinnati tonight, it's because the casino is holding its first outdoor concert. The Killers will play to a sold-out crowd at The Shoe, the one-acre concert space at the entrance of the casino.  The gates open at 6:30 and the opening act takes the stage at 7:30.  The Killers open a 19-week concert series at The Shoe that includes Willie Nelson, Earth, Wind and Fire, Billy Idol and many others. 
 

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Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati permanently turns on its new 80-foot marquee sign on Gilbert Avenue Friday.  

In case you're thinking, "There goes their electric bill and the neighborhood," the casino says the sign has a couple of  features to minimize its impact:

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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.
 

Horseshoe Casino Now Open

Mar 5, 2013
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Cincinnati's first casino is now open.  Horseshoe Cincinnati opened last night on the site of the former Broadway Commons parking lot.

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Traffic in and around the Horseshoe Casino is expected to be heavy tonight for the grand opening. Police and city officials say plan accordingly.

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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.

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Over the weekend the Ohio Casino Control Commission is expected to give the go ahead to operate to Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino. Wednesday's soft opening uncovered a few problems that Commission Director of Enforcement Karen Huey said need fixing.

"Some of the areas that we wanted to talk to them about were in security and surveillance. Again, it might be hardware fixes. These are things that they can definitely adjust.

Huey says she has already looked over the proposed changes from General Manager Kevin Klein.

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The saying goes, "Preparation is the key to success."  In part five of our Casino series,  WVXU's Mark Heyne says Horseshoe Cincinnati is taking that to heart as it readies its workers for the casino's opening.  Employees have been training for weeks,  in some cases months, to be ready for the big night and beyond.

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.  

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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.

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Turfway Park and Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino are partnering in an attempt to boost attendance and attract big name race horses to its premier event.

Turfway Marketing Director Jack Gordon says the casino is investing more than $150,000 to bring the Spiral Stakes purse to $550,000.

"When that purse structure goes up at your property, bigger horses - it really gains more popularity out there in the horse industry - go to those races that have the bigger purses," says Gordon.

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.”

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is going to open his first Ohio restaurant inside Horseshoe Cincinnati when the casino opens March 4.  This will be the 14th Bobby's Burger Place.  The 3,500 square foot restaurant will be located adjacent to the gaming floor with seating for about 90 people.  

Bobby's Burger Place will join Jack Binion's Steak and Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville as premium dining outlets at the $400 million casino.

Flay opened his first BBP on Long Island in 2008.  He's also the owner and executive chef of Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay Steak and Bar Americain.  

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Cincinnati's new casino continues to hire workers as it heads toward a March 4 opening date.  Horseshoe Cincinnati is looking to fill more than a hundred positions Tuesday for cocktail servers and restaurant hosts.  The casino will employ nearly 1,700 people in various roles.  Human resources director Meaghan Ryan said the hiring effort is going well.

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The Ohio Casino Control Commission says Horseshoe Cincinnati has been granted a public opening date of March Fourth next year.  

The casino will be the last of four voter-approved casinos to open in the state in less than one year.  Construction at the site started in February 2011 and is now in its final stages.  

Casino General Manager Kevin Kline says in a statement efforts to hire and train about 1,700 new workers are on schedule and several hundred slot machines have already been placed on the gaming floor.

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When the Horseshoe Casino opens next spring it will likely have an 80-foot tall sign to attract customers.  

The full City Council is expected to approve the idea next week.  The Budget and Finance Committee Monday approved the sign.  

Council Member Chris Seelbach is supportive.

“I think most reasonable people would say that this sign makes sense,” Seelbach said.  “I don’t know that you can see it from Over The Rhine because of where it is positioned at the casino site and how low it is.”

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