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Ohio's 4th casino opens to cheers in Cincinnati

8:59 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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CINCINNATI -- Thousands of die-hard gamblers and curious locals poured into a new casino in downtown Cincinnati after a grand opening featuring a fireworks display set to Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys.

Crowds cheered as the doors opened of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati opened Monday night. It's the last of four to open in Ohio in less than a year.

It took about two years and $400 million to build the two-story casino on what used to be a run-down parking lot.

In addition to all the gaming, the Cincinnati casino boasts several restaurants including Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and Bobby Flay's Burger Palace.

Casinos in Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus have brought in nearly $404 million combined. From that, about $133.2 million has gone to Ohio schools, counties and cities.

But projected revenues are far lower now than when Ohio voters approved four casinos in 2009.

AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

Associated Press

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