ruascott
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March 20th, 2012 at 11:45:26 AM permalink
Anyone here from Ohio? Curious as to how the construction is coming along in the different cities, and when they are scheduled to open. There is a lot of worry in Indiana about a big decease in the take once they do open, particularly the Cincy location.
MrRalph
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March 20th, 2012 at 11:57:05 AM permalink
The Cleveland Casino is set to open Mid May. It will be interesting to see how they set their games as Pa currently has very good BJ rules with S17, DAS, late surrender and dbl any 2 cards. If the Ohio Casinos do not have comprable player friendly rules than I will continue to play in Pa. I also do not know where you could safely park at the Cleveland Casino so If I cannot Valet park I will not be going. I am not sure how soon after the others will be opening.
teddys
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March 20th, 2012 at 4:07:29 PM permalink
Cleveland -- first to open but not before May 23. Will be a Horseshoe casino, located downtown.
Toledo -- second to open, but not on Memorial Day weekend. Will be a Hollywood casino, located off I-75 about two miles south of downtown.
Columbus & Cincinnati -- who knows, probably next year.

Cleveland will have a parking garage. Do not know what the cost will be to park.
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March 20th, 2012 at 4:29:54 PM permalink
Columbus casino tentatively scheduled to open October or November.
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JohnnyQ
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March 20th, 2012 at 4:59:23 PM permalink
I've never been to a casino "grand opening", may need to
see if I can check one of these out.

I'm also very interested to see where the VP paytables
start out. In general, you would think that competition
would be good for the consumer (gambler), right ?

I have some Harrah's TR comp dollars built up, and
I think they will be valid in Cleveland. So should at
least be able to get some dinners "on the house".
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FleaStiff
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March 20th, 2012 at 6:06:00 PM permalink
Quote: JohnnyQ

I've never been to a casino "grand opening", may need to see if I can check one of these out.


Many casinos have soft openings sometimes starting off with invited guests playing solely for charity, sort of a Dress Rehearsal. It is a final exam for dealers and a test of crowd control and systems, but is not gambling.
Many casinos do a soft opening of limited numbers of games particularly if they are understaffed or subject to dealer-licensing delays.
By the time the casino gets to an advertised Grand Opening, mostly the kinks have all been worked out and its mainly for public relations purposes.
Tiltpoul
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March 20th, 2012 at 8:12:05 PM permalink
Quote: ruascott

Anyone here from Ohio? Curious as to how the construction is coming along in the different cities, and when they are scheduled to open. There is a lot of worry in Indiana about a big decease in the take once they do open, particularly the Cincy location.



Luckily for Hollywood (and more importantly, Rising Star), the Cincinnati casino had a huge setback with the collapse of the parking deck. This is delaying their opening into next year, though a warmer winter was better for construction. Belterra won't really be quite as affected as Hollywood and Rising Star. Hollywood doesn't really care quite as much though, because they got the Columbus property. I can't see Rising Star being able to survive.

Quote: MrRalph

The Cleveland Casino is set to open Mid May. It will be interesting to see how they set their games as Pa currently has very good BJ rules with S17, DAS, late surrender and dbl any 2 cards. If the Ohio Casinos do not have comprable player friendly rules than I will continue to play in Pa. I also do not know where you could safely park at the Cleveland Casino so If I cannot Valet park I will not be going. I am not sure how soon after the others will be opening.



From what I understand, they will be opening with PA style gaming, including Pai Gow Tiles! That's not a confirmation, just after talking with a supervisor at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.

Quote: JohnnyQ

I'm also very interested to see where the VP paytables start out. In general, you would think that competition would be good for the consumer (gambler), right ?



Don't count on good VP tables. The PA casinos are notoriously bad for Video Poker, and none of the immediate casinos near the Cincinnati location focus on VP. Another thread pointed out that Rincon dropped their paytables drastically. I haven't been to HSI for a few weeks; I'll report if they changed their good tables.

Quote: JohnnyQ

I have some Harrah's TR comp dollars built up, and I think they will be valid in Cleveland. So should at least be able to get some dinners "on the house".



Yes, I just got the new updates on TR, and they were quick to point out that Horseshoe Cleveland will be opening soon (I read that it's May 15, but I know that Hollywood Toledo and Horseshoe Cleveland will NOT be opening at the same time). Anyways, your points will be valid there, though I think initially the restaurant selection is limited.
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teddys
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March 21st, 2012 at 12:27:21 PM permalink
Quote: JohnnyQ

I have some Harrah's TR comp dollars built up, and
I think they will be valid in Cleveland. So should at
least be able to get some dinners "on the house".



List of restaurants at the Cleveland Horseshoe. Try Corky & Lenny's, a very popular local Jewish deli. B-Spot by Michael Symon is a burger bar by the winner of Iron Chef America. He already has three restaurants in Cleveland, and one in Detroit.
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The Spread (Buffet) is located on the ground floor.
Hours of operation:
Mon-Sat 7am-10am (Breakfast)
Mon-Sat 11am-2pm (Lunch)
All Days 4:30pm-10pm (Dinner)
BRUNCH Sunday 8am-2pm
Reservations not accepted.
Parties of 8 or more will be charged an automatic 15% gratuity

Corky & Lenny's is located in the Food Court.
Hours of operation:
Sun-Thur 11am-12am
Fri-Sat 11am-2am

B Spot, by Chef Michael Symon, is located in the Food Court.
Hours of operation:
Sun-Thur 11am-12am
Fri-Sat 11am-2am

Pizzeria Gesto is located in the Food Court.
Hours of operation:
Sun-Thur 11am-12am
Fri-Sat 11am-2am

Casino Bars are located on the 1st and 2nd floor.
Hours of operation:
5:30am-2:30am
You must be 21 years of age.
Smoking is not allowed.

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JohnnyQ
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March 21st, 2012 at 2:13:16 PM permalink
As always, youse guys are a wealth of information.
Thanks.

Heading to LV on Saturday for a week.
Like the castle in its corner In a medieval game; I foresee terrible trouble And I stay here just the same
JohnnyQ
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March 21st, 2012 at 2:13:40 PM permalink
As always, youse guys are a wealth of information.
Thanks.

Heading to LV on Saturday for a week.
Like the castle in its corner In a medieval game; I foresee terrible trouble And I stay here just the same

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