The roulette wheels will spin and the lights on the slot machines will flash when Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino opens its doors to the public for the first time tonight.
Down the river in southeast Indiana, all within an easy drive of downtown Cincinnati, there are three riverboat casinos that have been cash cows since the late 1990s for their owners; and the local governments that have benefited from the tax revenue they generate.
Over the weekend the Ohio Casino Control Commission is expected to give the go ahead to operate to Cincinnati's Horseshoe Casino. Wednesday's soft opening uncovered a few problems that Commission Director of Enforcement Karen Huey said need fixing.
"Some of the areas that we wanted to talk to them about were in security and surveillance. Again, it might be hardware fixes. These are things that they can definitely adjust.
Huey says she has already looked over the proposed changes from General Manager Kevin Klein.
The saying goes, "Preparation is the key to success." In part five of our Casino series, WVXU's Mark Heyne says Horseshoe Cincinnati is taking that to heart as it readies its workers for the casino's opening. Employees have been training for weeks, in some cases months, to be ready for the big night and beyond.
Cincinnati’s acclaimed Rookwood Pottery recently named artist Roy Robinson to the position of Director of Creative Development where he’ll be responsible for the development and design of special commissions, gifts, retail products and one-of-a-kind pieces. Our Stuart Holman talks with Roy Robinson about this new position, what brought him to Rookwood, and the newly created beer stein for downtown’s Horseshoe Casino.