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HORSESHOE CLEVELAND TO OPEN AS OHIO’S FIRST CASINO IN MAY
Total Investment in Cleveland Area Exceeds $1 Billion
February 15, 2012 (CLEVELAND) – The Ohio Casino Control Commission today announced that Horseshoe Casino Cleveland has been given the green light to open the week of May 14, 2012. The announcement confirms that Northeast Ohio will be home to the State’s first casino since a statewide gaming ballot measure was approved in November 2009. The casino developer and owner, Rock Ohio Caesars (ROC), is also developing a casino in Cincinnati which is slated to open in spring 2013.
“We’ll be ready,” said Marcus Glover, general manager of Horseshoe Cleveland. “On behalf of our entire team who will start exciting new casino careers, I couldn’t be prouder to debut this first-class entertainment destination to the City, to the State and to the Nation in May.” Glover also commended the Ohio Casino Control Commission for its diligence to promptly define timelines for casino openings in Cleveland and Toledo. “The Commission’s efforts allow us to move forward with several critical steps needed prior to our launch,” he said.
Horseshoe Cleveland is being developed inside the Historic Higbee Building in downtown Cleveland as a high-profile addition to the city’s impressive sports, entertainment, music and cultural attractions. “From the time that we embarked on this $350 million casino development we have looked for ways to create a more powerful impact for downtown Cleveland and our guests,” said Dan Gilbert, chairman of Rock Gaming LLC, majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. “We have doubled down on our commitments to Ohio. We believe more than ever that Horseshoe Cleveland – combined with the many other new and exciting developments under way in Cleveland – will be a big shot in the arm for this hard-working community.”
Additional developments include a parking structure and arrival center adjacent to the Higbee building which will serve casino guests and the public alike, the December 2011 purchase of The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, and an attached five-story commercial office building at 250 Huron Road. The Ritz will continue to operate the 205-room hotel under a long-term management contract and the office building will be utilized for casino administrative space and other services. These additional acquisitions and projects bring the casino project’s direct investment in Cleveland to more than $570 million.
Since his purchase of the Cavaliers in 2005, Gilbert and his ‘Family of Companies’ operate 10 businesses in greater Cleveland that employ more than 2,000 team members. The businesses include: operation of the Quicken Loans Arena; the AHL Lake Erie Monsters; the NBA Development League Canton Charge; the AFL Cleveland
Gladiators; the Cleveland Clinic Courts Player Development Center; a Quicken Loans Web Center; Veritix, an electronic ticketing company; and Bizdom U Cleveland, an entrepreneurial accelerator. Investment in these businesses exceeds $450 million, bringing Gilbert and his partners’ total Cleveland-area investment to more than $1 billion.
Preparing to Open Horseshoe Cleveland
Gaming equipment, including 2,100 slot machines, will be delivered to Horseshoe Cleveland in the coming weeks as the final stages of renovation conclude. Approximately 300,000 sq. ft. across four floors of the long-vacant Higbee Building is being transformed into a first-class gaming destination in the City’s urban core. In addition to slot machines, 65 table games, a high-limits area, an action-packed World Series of Poker® room, and a VIP player’s lounge will occupy the 96,000 sq. ft. gaming floor.
The casino will offer an international buffet restaurant and a food court with local partners providing regional fare. Corky & Lenny’s – a Cleveland-area landmark deli – announced last week that it will open inside Horseshoe Cleveland. A main-floor feature bar will round out the food, beverage and entertainment offerings. Horseshoe Cleveland is projected to attract an additional five million visits annually to downtown Cleveland.
Work on the casino development and its adjacent parking structure has created about 2,000 construction jobs, and the casino began recruiting for 1,600 new casino jobs last fall. After receiving more than 36,000 applications, about 1,300 people are in training and/or have been hired to date.
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About Rock Ohio Caesars
Rock Ohio Caesars LLC (ROC) is a joint venture comprised of Midwest-based Rock Gaming LLC and the world’s most geographically diversified casino entertainment company, Caesars Entertainment Corporation. ROC is developing and will operate full-service casinos in downtown Cincinnati and downtown Cleveland under the Horseshoe brand.
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By Susan Harris Monday, 7 February 2011 11:33
Sportsbook software services have been very excited when they found out that a brand new casino that will open next year, and will be located in Cleveland’s historic Higbee Building, is being expected to bring in from 1500 to 1600 jobs, according to casino developers and city officials.
And those only happen to be the inside jobs, as opportunities involving construction work will also be widely available as the casino is being built, and sportsbook software services believe that it could seriously bring a boost to the area’s economy.
The casino’s new general manager, Marcus Glover, said, “The majority of people hired for the casino, 90 to 95 percent of them, will be from the Cleveland area.”
According to sportsbook software sources, Glover mentioned that during the months ahead, he has planned on holding job fairs and dealer training schools for all candidates who are interested.
The Higbee location is a temporary casino, according to Benzinga, and the site which will be permanent will be expected to be opening in 2013. The Higbee site is considered to be the operation’s first phase.
When in operation, the casino will be housing approximately 2,000 slot machines, a poker room with 25 to 30 tables, 50 to 60 gaming tables, a 400-seat buffet-style restaurant, and two bars, and many people involved in betting software can’t wait to hit the tables and enjoy everything else that will be offered there.
Dan Gilbert, Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner, is heading the development firm that oversees the Higbee casino’s construction, which is part of the Horseshoe brand.
According to what has been mentioned in the Plain Dealer, local leaders asked the developers to consider the opening of a Phase 1 casino in a location similar to the Higbee building, due to the fact that the larger gambling operation, which has been set to be built close by, on 16 acres between the Cuyahoga River and Huron Road, will not be opening until 2013, at the least.
Many people hope that this casino will bring more life to the area, and are looking forward to some serious gambling action.
By THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press
The owner of Cleveland’s landmark Terminal Tower has sold 16 adjacent acres and air rights to casino developers for $85 million.
Forest City Enterprises Inc. on Tuesday announced the closing of the deal with Rock Ohio Caesars Cleveland LLC.
The land overlooks the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) River in downtown Cleveland and sits behind the Tower City Center shopping, restaurant and office complex.
Ohio voters approved casinos in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo. The company led by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert will develop the Cleveland and Cincinnati casinos.
Gilbert plans a news conference Thursday to update the Cleveland casino project.
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Artists’ rendering, taken from a video, of the Huron Road entrance to the casino proposed by Rock Ventures for an area behind Tower City in Cleveland.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — As blueprints begin to take form for Ohio’s casinos, state lawmakers say they may not have licensing rules in place by the March 10 deadline.
Casino operators are proceeding with plans and say they aren’t concerned about the delays. Five months after lawmakers passed a bill establishing the Ohio Casino Control Commission there has been little action on the issue at the legislative tables in Columbus.
New Ohio Gov. John Kasich has yet to appoint his picks to the commission which will establish the rules. Outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland appointed seven members, but they were rejected by Senate Republicans. State lawmakers now say the March deadline needs to be pushed back.
Rules the commission needs to establish concern how the casinos operate, including record-keeping requirements, conditions under which a casino license can be suspended, standards for security and surveillance as well as auditing standards for casino accounts.
State Sen. Keith Faber, a Celina lawmaker who lead work for the Republican-dominated Senate on the bill that established the commission, said he views the deadline as “more like a guideline.”
“It’s more important to do it right than do it quickly,” Faber said. “We still have time for the new commissioners to be named and get things going, but a March deadline is probably going to be a little quick.” He suggested that language pushing back the date will likely be passed soon.
Meanwhile, Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said appointments to the casino commission are “imminent.”
Rock Ohio Caesars–which will operate casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati–said the dallying by lawmakers isn’t interfering with their plans to have casinos operating in 2012. They have just rolled out plans to operate a casino in the historic Higbee Building on Cleveland’s Public Square and recently had a ground-breaking for the Cincinnati casino.
“We keep moving forward. We know it’s an important issue and it’s on our radar,” said Jennifer Kulczycki, a spokeswoman for Rock Gaming referring to work needed to be done by the casino commission.
A key issue still in the mix is whether the state Commercial Activities Tax should be paid by casinos after they pay the winners from slot machines and table games or before they do so.
Casino operators have made the argument that the CAT should be paid on net receipts while the state tax department has informally suggested that it would be paid on gross receipts–which would mean before winners are paid out.
Faber, an attorney, said the CAT tax applies to gross receipts but that casino operators will try to lobby lawmakers for an exemption to the law.
“We are certainly willing to discuss the issue, but I wouldn’t say we are predisposed to any outcome,” he said.
Ohio horse tracks have an exemption for parimutuel betting that allows them to pay tax only on net receipts. However, pay outs come from a pool bet by gamblers, which is not the case at casinos.
Bob Tenenbaum, a spokesman for Penn National Gaming, who will operate a pair of casinos in Columbus and Toledo, said he knew of no discussions between Penn officials and lawmakers concerning the CAT issue.
State Tax Department spokesman Gary Gudmundson said state tax officials aren’t likely to take a formal position on the issue until casino operators filed their 2012 tax returns.
Horseshoe Casino Cleveland seeking employees with great attitudes and enthusiasm – Plain Dealer (blog)
Chuck Crow l The Plain DealerMarcus Glover, general manager of the Cleveland Horseshoe Casino, says that there is no guarantee that people who pay for classes to learn casino skills, will get a job in the new Cleveland casino. The company relies on in-house training. CLEVELAND, Ohio — The new Horseshoe Cleveland Casino is looking for employees with great personalities - a trait that can’t be taught, the general manager says.
“We want people with great attitudes who want to come in and deliver a great guest experience and customer service,” manager Marcus Glover said.
While at least one for-profit school has opened to train card dealers and Cuyahoga Community College may offer programs to train casino workers, Glover said his company primarily relies on in-house training for its employees.
“If you don’t go through formal training programs it will not exclude you from opportunities in the casino,” he said. We want people with great attitudes who want to come in and deliver a great guest experience and customer service.”
Glover said he would not discourage or encourage people to take courses in gaming or hospitality management before hiring begins later this year. And he plans to meet with Tri-C President Jerry Sue Thornton to discuss educational partnerships.
He said he could not comment on the Ohio School of Casino Dealers, which opened three months ago in Warrensville Heights, because he is not familiar with it. The school charges about $1,200 per course in table games including blackjack and poker.
“If someone returns to Cleveland who has worked in Las Vegas and has the technical skills, it will help you,” Glover said. “If not, we will train you internally on how to deal cards.”
The Horseshoe Cleveland Casino will employ about 1,600 when it opens early next year in the former Higbee department store. It is the first phase of a larger downtown casino project that will ultimately see a $600 million, 16-acre casino complex on nearby Huron Road.
The Higbee’s casino will have 2,100 slot machines, 65 gaming tables, 25 poker tables in a “World Series of Poker” room, two bars and a 400-seat buffet-style restaurant.
Glover said the two or three large hiring events will be held throughout the city later this year. Those seeking jobs should check the casino’s website, for information.
David Stevenson of Cleveland said he is eager to apply for a job and his skills as a flight attendant will transfer to a casino.
“I’d like a job as a floor manager or in hospitality where you take care of regular customers,” he said.
Stevenson, 50, said he lost his job with USA 3000 two years ago when he chose not to relocate to Florida.
“I want to be a part of the casino because I love Cleveland want to see the city succeed,” he said. “I am ready to train to do any kind of work where they need me.”
A casino offers numerous jobs in management, financial, gaming operations, food and beverage and information technology.
In a recent interview Thornton said Tri-C would propose offering technical, training and hospitality courses tied to casino jobs. The college’s Hospitality Management Center recently opened on Public Square across the street from the Higbee’s building.
Community colleges in Pennsylvania, which allowed table games in casinos in 2010, offer casino-related courses including dealer training and casino gaming machine repair technology.
Universities near casinos offer management programs. The University of Nevada Las Vegas’ International Gaming Institute is a non-profit academic and research facility for professionals in the gaming industry. Tulane University in New Orleans offers a Casino Resort Studies Program.
Jill Vangen, co-owner of the dealer school in Warrensville Heights, said she plans to meet with Horseshoe Cleveland officials to make sure graduates qualify for jobs.
About 50 men and women have signed up for courses, which take about 120 hours at a schedule set by the student, she said.
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By Luke Sullivan, staff writer: 59 10 pm Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Dayton — the expected announcement today by Penn National gaming that she plans to build the city racetrack in Dayton is this mchshla for the Lebanon Raceway operators who tried for months must pass the reins to Montgomery County.
If built, the facility will be back on Dayton City in Ohio was the first new Racecourse since 1959, according to John Izzo, Deputy State Racing Commission.
Penn national is offering the Committee today to move near Beulah Park operations at Ford Wagner Columbus and Dayton, Needmore Road about 1 km east of 75 international lines.
Penn also has announced a plan to wed in Toledo Youngstown Park Raceway.
Co-operator Lebanon Raceway ????? John said he believes the license transfer from city racetrack of Beulah Park of Penn to Dayton violates the code has been revised and Ohio. Family of Carlo, along with the owner of the Miami Valley, Lebanon Raceway run quickly through the sublease with Warren County Fair Board.
“This new track code Ohio that can’t be corrected within 50 miles of an existing facility, so we’ll see what you mean by the Committee,” said Carlo. “Besides, like everybody else, I want to see what is by the program.”
Dayton’s proposed national site is less than 40 miles away from Lebanon.
Izzo said Carlo is confused and said there is nothing to prevent the baork of the city and on the racetrack.
Lebanon has been trying to get racing operators in operations to Montgomery County, visited with and Austin Interchange site moraine.
The Group also looked at the site of Delphi, Penn national has settled on.
Indiana metals Ltd. to acquire the property in Chicago last summer of Delphi, 2.1 million, still registered as the owner of the property, according to the website of the vzomn province of Montgomery.
Lebanon Raceway program must pass, just like Penn national, hinged on being allowed to install video slots.
.Gov. ex-Ted strikland, Democrat, proposed setting up of machines at racetracks of the Ohio legislature approved 2009 and received. He said at the time slots, then wave 933 million, but a legal challenge by a group called LetOhioVote successfully loaded to the Supreme Court of Ohio can be put the issue before that.
In November 2009, confirmed that select that Casino now developed in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo. Penn run casino operations in Columbus, Toledo.
But legal challenge related to slot of strikland will remain unanswered. John Kasich, .gov. a member of the Republican party, said in November that he wanted to learn video slots at racetracks. “The Governor is still talking with people, information gathering,” speaks of Kasich Nicholas most said Wednesday. “He wants to look at how (video slots) intertwine with the casinos.”
Penn National operates casinos, racetracks, seven and six off-track wagering. He works in Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, Ind., now the closest Casino to Dayton.
CLEVELAND — How can the city capitalize on $2 billion of new development to make the entire downtown area more welcoming and people friendly?
Some answers will be offered Thursday by a panel that’s been working since June to find ways to make the city’s public spaces more inviting and connected.
Tony Coyne, chairman of the city Planning Commission, chaired this Group Plan Commission appointed by Mayor Frank Jackson.
The group sought to build on the 100-year-old plan by architect Daniel Burnham.?The update is aimed to get more value from?the Flats East Bank, the new casino and the Medical Mart/Convention Center.
Some call this city’s biggest opportunity ever to make?downtown a more desirable place to live and form real connections to Lake Erie.
Plans will include ideas for Public Square, the malls and?pedestrian corridors between them.
Of course, the big question is, who would pay for the proposed improvements?
Coyne has said it will require cooperation between governments and business community involvement in a public-private partnership.
The presentation will be made at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 211 of the Convention Center.© 2011 WKYC-TV