Sneak peek of Cleveland's Horseshoe Casino

3:40 PM, May 9, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland's Horseshoe Casino hosted a preview Wednesday morning for the media.

The casino in the old Higbee building will be the first of Ohio's casinos to open. Voters approved the measure to put four casinos in Ohio back in 2009.

Noah Hirsch, director of marketing for Rock Gaming, says care was taken to preserve the Art Deco features inside the old Higbee building.

"That was really important to everyone," Hirsch acknowledged during a tour of the new casino. "Whether it's the staircases that still have the old Higbee's railings, this is not necessarily the neon lights of Las Vegas. We've stayed true to to the historic Higbee building as well as everything that is means to people."

Photos: Inside the Cleveland Horseshoe Casino

The $350 million project will be unveiled to the public on Monday, May 14.  It is essentially complete according to Rock Gaming's Jennifer Kulczycki.

"It's very consistent with the Horseshoe brand which is kind of masculine trending," she told WKYC. "But it's warm, it's comfortable. You kind of feel like you're stepping into your neighbor's living room. It's pretty, but it's well done."

There are tones of amber and brown throughout, especially on the fourth floor, in the exclusive 30 table World Series of Pokes high limit room.

"Typically Horseshoe is known for having the highest limits," Hirsch said, "taking all bets. So $10,000 is pretty much one of our max bets in our high limit room."

The casino is expected to draw five million visits to Cleveland each year boosting the city's economy as well as its sports and entertainment attractions.

Photos: Inside the Cleveland Horseshoe Casino's buffet

The casino will have 2,100 slot machines, 63 gaming tables and a World Series of Poker room. The slots and tables are on the first and second floors, and restaurants are located on the third level.

Sixteen hundred people will be employed at the Horseshoe. They showed their spirit during Wednesday's media tour, chanting "service, service, service!" together.

"We are very proud of our service culture," Hirsch emphasized. "Ninety-five percent of our service team comes from Northeast Ohio and it's something that everyone is extremely proud of."

Another casino in Toledo will open later this month.


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