CLEVELAND – Following a $350 million renovation of the Higbee building, the Horseshoe Casino is open for business and FOX 8 is taking you inside for a better idea of what to expect.
“Oh, it's great, this is so 'long coming,' you know? I hope it works out, I really do,” said Leni Lansky from Olmsted Twp.
She was among the thousands who ventured downtown on Tuesday, the day after the casino opened.
The lines wrapped around the building at the corner of Ontario and Prospect and it took exactly 49 minutes for FOX 8’s Mark Zinni to get inside where it was extremely busy.
Some table games required a wait of only a few minutes, with the average minimum bet average around $5.
As for the dealers, Cedric Ledger of Cleveland said, “Some of 'em are a little shaky, but they know what they're doing - they're nervous and you can see it.”
Slot-players can find a machine without a problem.
There are 2,100 slots ranging from $.01 to $500 per play!
Soda is free, but state regulations prohibit alcohol from being given away.
Beer and mixed drinks vary in prices, but they average around $4 and can be ordered directly from a touchscreen on your slot.
According to the Horseshoe, the bars close from 2:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. daily, except on Sundays, when the bar opens at 8 a.m.
Bring cash because the ATM fee is $4.99, plus your bank cost.
“The Spread” buffet is on the lower level where food is served day and night.
If you have a Total Rewards car, lunch is $13.99 and dinner is $23.99.
You can also head upstairs to the food court, where Michael Symon’s “B Spot” has $13.00 romaine salads or buy a cheeseburger for $7.
At Corky and Lenny’s, a corned beef sandwich runs $12.95.
You can also grab a bowl of meatballs at “Rosie & Rocco’s” for $5.75 or some rigatoni for $9.
The casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.