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May 18, 2012

Horseshoe Cleveland Finally Opens

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland is finally here. On the evening of May 14th, the casino officially opened its doors to the public. Gary Loveman, chairman, president & CEO of Caesars Entertainment Corp.; Dan Gilbert, chairman of Rock Gaming; Marcus Glover, general manager & senior vice president of Horseshoe Cleveland; Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson; and many others attended the grand-opening event. More than 4,000 people lined up to be the first to see downtown Cleveland’s newest attraction.

Rock Ohio Caesars L.L.C., a joint venture between Rock Gaming L.L.C. and Caesars Entertainment Corp., developed the $350 million urban casino. It features 96,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action, approximately 2,100 slot machines, 63 table games, a 30-table World Series of Poker room and a VIP players lounge. Horseshoe Cleveland also offers several dining options, including a 400-seat The Spread buffet, a food court featuring three Cleveland-based restaurants (Iron Chef Michael Symon’s B Spot, Corky & Lenny’s and local Chef Rocco Whalen’s Rosie and Rocco’s), and two casino bars. A gift shop sells souvenirs.

Located in the lower four floors of the Higbee Building at Public Square, Horseshoe Cleveland is the only casino standing in the public square of a major American city. Rock Ohio Caesars L.L.C. went to great lengths to preserve and highlight the historic character of the 81-year-old building.

Almost 2,000 construction jobs were created during the renovation of the Higbee building. The casino has 1,600 employees, 94 percent of who live in the Cleveland area. Horseshoe Cleveland is projected to create $100 million annually in gaming tax revenue and generate five million visits annually to the city’s downtown, improving tourism.

The casino project has breathed new life into the mostly vacant former Higbee’s Department Store. It was designed to engage pedestrians and support existing culture, nightlife and sports attractions downtown.

Rock Ohio Caesars is also developing a Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati. It is expected to open in spring 2013.

Image courtesy of Horseshoe Casino Cleveland.