Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

  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.”

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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.