The first casino in Ohio--Horseshoe Casino Cleveland--opened in Cleveland May 14, 2012. After the state gaming referendum passed in 2009, plans were set in motion all over the state to build casinos. In Cleveland, the initiative is headed by the Cleveland Cavaliers' majority owner, Dan Gilbert and Rock Ventures Inc.
As of early 2013, the plan is to open a casino in downtown Cleveland in two phases. A casino-- Horseshoe Casino Cleveland--opened May 14, 2012 in the lower four floors of the Higbee Building at Public Square. This casino has 300,000 square feet of gaming space, including 2,100 slots, 65 gaming tables, a high-limit area, and a poker room with 25-30 tables. In addition, the Horseshoe Casino has a food court, two bars, and a 400-seat buffet-style restaurant.
Later, a $700 million multi-use structure would open around 2014 on 16 acres behind Tower City Center, off of Huron Road.
Dining at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland:
Dining options the new casino include a 400-seat buffet that will feature the foods of northeast Ohio. In addition, there is a three-slot food court. Tenants there include Michael Symon's B-Spot Burgers, Corky and Lenny's Deli, and an outlet created by local chef, Rocco Whalen. The casino also has two bars.
Parking at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland:
The casino offers valet parking at the entrance off of Ontario Street. In addition, there are thousands of spots within a short walk of the casino, including the Tower City parking lot, accessible off of W. 9th St.
Called Phase II, this second casino building will house retail and restaurant space and sit over a seven-level parking garage.
Jobs at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland:
Horseshoe Casino Cleveland has hired about 1,600 people for the first phase of the project. They will continue hiring on an as-needed basis. General Manager, Marcus Glover told the "Plain Dealer" that they are looking for employees with great personalities and will provide in-house training. Team members at Horseshoe Casinos are eligible for comprehensive health insurance, 401K plan, tuition reimbursement and job training.
Hotels near Horseshoe Casino Cleveland:
The Cleveland Renaissance Hotel (check rates) and the Ritz Carlton Hotel (check rates) are connected to Horseshoe Casino Cleveland via Tower City Center. You don't even have to venture outside. Also nearby are the Marriott Hotel at Key Center (check rates), and the Hyatt Regency (check rates), located in the historic Old Arcade.
Other Casinos coming to Ohio: