A new casino is creating a variety of jobs in Cleveland, including everything from cook jobs to positions for blackjack dealers.
Cleveland will be home to the first casino in Ohio when Rock Ohio Caesars LLC opens the Cleveland Horseshoe Casino at Tower City Center in 2012. The project is expected to create 2,000 temporary construction jobs and 1,600 full-time jobs.
The four-story temporary casino will cost about $350 million and will later be replaced by a $600 million permanent casino to be located south of Tower City. The permanent casino isn't expected to open until 2013 at the earliest.
The temporary casino is being opened in the meantime in order to compete with other Ohio cities that are planning to open casinos in late 2012. The push to open casinos came after votes approved the Four Casinos Initiative in 2009.
That constitutional amendment allows casinos to be built in the cities of Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Toledo.
The projects in Cleveland are being headed by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Gary Loveman, president and CEO of Caesar's Entertainment. Caesar's operates resort casinos under the Harrah's and Caesar's name and high-end gambling casinos under the Horseshoe name.
"You're going to see something very spectacular," Gilbert told Crain's Cleveland Business.
The Cleveland Horseshoe Casino will feature a World Series of Poker room with 25 to 30 poker tables; more than 2,000 slot machines; 65 table games; other specialized gambling areas, including a high-limits area and a VIP lounge; several restaurants; and a bar with entertainment.