Horseshoe Casino Opening: A Special Series from WVXU

The WVXU News Department presents a special series on the opening of the new Horseshoe Casino, exploring issues like security, parking, development around the area, gambling addiction, and much more.

Pat Lang Photography / Turfway Park

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.  


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.


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.


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.”


Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati announced Friday it’s now ready to hire an additional 400 workers.

This is the second phase of its recruiting initiatives as the casino prepares for a 1,700 member workforce for an opening in the spring 2013.

Casino officials said candidates are currently being sought for several roles in accounting, finance, facilities, slots, and security.  The facility is also seeking about a dozen culinary positions including accomplished chefs, sous chefs and restaurant managers.

Tana Weingartner

Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino is on schedule to open next Spring. General Manager Kevin Kline says you should expect to see something unique.

"I think it's unique in terms of the architecture... the openness. It's unique in terms of having a one acre outdoor space connected to your casino that you can program and activate. And unique in that... look at the community that we're in, you've got Over-the-Rhine, Pendleton and Downtown all within the doorstep."


A current Cincinnati assistant police chief is leaving the department to be the director of security at the new downtown casino.

Horseshoe Cincinnati announced Thursday in a press release Richard Janke will start the new job on Sept. 10th.

“Richard’s law enforcement experience, in-depth understanding of Cincinnati and his commitment to the vitality and safety of downtown makes him a great addition to our team,” said casino General Manager Kevin Kline in a written statement.