Clevelanders Gearing Up for Casino’s Spring Opening

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CLEVELAND -- Odds are people will be placing their bets inside Cleveland's new Horseshoe Casino in just three months.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission announced Wednesday that Ohio's first casino since the statewide gaming ballot was approved in 2009 can open the week of May 14th.

That’s good news to Marilyn Dailey who works downtown. She said will go to the casino when it opens.

“Yes. Hopefully, I make it back from lunch," Dailey joked.

"I don't usually go to casinos but it's probably not going to bother me a whole lot," Kurt Geiger, who works downtown, said.

Four floors of the old Higbees building is being transformed into Vegas-style gaming action.

During the next few weeks, 2,100 slot machines, along with all the other gaming equipment will be brought in, the company reported.

The casino will have 65 table games, a world series of poker room, along with high-limit and VIP areas.

"It should bring more people downtown," Quianna Adair, of Euclid said.

Rock Ohio Caesars, which owns the Horseshoe Casino, estimates 5,000,000 people will visit the downtown casino each year.

People Fox 8 News spoke with who work downtown feel it's a sure bet.

"I think it will probably be good for the city--good revenue-builder, I guess,"  Geiger said.

"It should bring jobs to Cleveland," Dailey said.

So far, Rock Gaming has hired 1,300 people to work at the casino.

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