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Cincinnati Horseshoe Casino opens to the public Monday


After several years of planning and construction, Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino opens to the public on Monday.

Horseshoe Casino was developed by Rock Ohio Caesars LLC (ROC), a joint venture partnership between Rock Gaming LLC and Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Caesars will manage the casino's day-to-day operations. It is expected to attract six million visitors annually.

The 400,000 sq. ft., two-story casino structure  offers nearly 33,000 sq. ft. of multi-purpose and special function space. The 100,000 sq. ft. gaming floor will offer approximately 2,000 slot machines, 85 table games and a 31-table World Series of Poker room. In addition, a 2,500-space parking structure and 280-space surface is on-site.

Horseshoe Cincinnati projects it will generate $100 million annually in gaming tax revenue. Local distribution of gaming taxes will provide approximately $21 million to the City of Cincinnati, $12.2 million to Hamilton County and $14.1 million to Hamilton County school districts during its first full year of operations.

Ohio voters approved a state constitutional amendment in November 2009 authorizing casinos in the state's four largest cities: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Toledo. As approved in the ballot issue, gross casino revenues will be taxed at 33 percent, one of the highest rates in the nation for a resort casino with this level of investment.

The casino is home to four full-service restaurants, including Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Jack Binion's Steakhouse, Bobby Flay's Burger Palace and The Spread buffet. It also offers a 24/7 Starbucks.

The casino also has a rewards program that partners with ten downtown restaurants, including Boca, Jean-Robert's Table, Mahogany's at the Banks, Metropole, Moerlein Lager House, Montgomery Inn Boathouse, Nada, Sotto, Nicola's Ristorante Italiano and Via Vite.

The casino is also partnering with seven hotels: 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, The Cincinnatian Hotel, Garfield Suites Hotel, Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Residence Inn Marriott Cincinnati, SpringHill Suites Cincinnati and The Westin Cincinnati.

The grand opening is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Traffic signs will be in place to help direct guests on where to park.

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