Rock Ohio Caesars Gains Gaming License In Ohio
The day that Ohio residents have been dreaming about for several years will finally arrive on May 14th. When voters approved four casinos, they had no idea when those casinos would come to fruition, but Wednesday Ohio residents learned the answer to that question.
The state Casino Control Commission approved and granted a gaming license for Rock Ohio Caesars, the company that will operate a casino in Cleveland. The company is a combination of Rock Gaming, owned by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, and Caesars Entertainment.
Rock Gaming was formed with the hopes of bringing new gaming facilities to Cleveland and Cincinnati. Gilbert and Rock Gaming won the rights to open those casinos when voters overturned a long-standing stance of denying casino initiatives on the ballot. Rock Gaming was joined by Penn National Gaming, who won the rights to open casinos in Columbus and Toledo.
Horseshoe Casino Cleveland is set to become the first of the four casinos to open in the state on May 14th. The granting of the license on Wednesday ended a long, drawn out vetting period where the Commission looked into the finances of Rock Ohio Caesars. In the end, the Commission found the company to be stable enough to grant the gaming license.
"I still cannot believe this is going to become reality," said excited Cleveland resident Mario Chatham. "I love gambling, and in a couple of weeks, I'm going to be able to gamble a couple of times a month without having to travel to another state. It is awesome, and I can't wait to see what the new casino will look like."
The excitement around Ohio has heightened as the opening day of the Cleveland casino draws near. For some, the gambling is not the only benefit of having a new gaming facility close by.
"This is going to do great things for tourism," said Maria Nelson, a Cincinnati resident. "The restaurants, the increase in business the surrounding area is going to receive, it's all going to be good for Ohio. I hope if everything works out that they will even add more casinos in the future."
May 3, 2012
Posted By April Gardner
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
Previous Casino Gambling News Articles
Penn National preparing To Bring Thousands Of Jobs To Columbus
South Dakota Casinos Preparing For Higher Betting Limits
Mississippi Gambling Revenue Increases In March
Ohio Gaming Commission Questions Gilbert Over Loan
US Gaming Stocks Steadying After Six-Month Price Increase