Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati drew 4.8 million people, paid $50 million in jackpots in first year

Casino had impact beyond its borders

CINCINNATI - Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati will celebrate its first anniversary Tuesday with a fireworks show at 9 p.m.

But the $450 million downtown casino property has already delivered a big bang when it comes to economic impact, based on figures released by the casino Monday.

The casino says it attracted 4.8 million visitors in its first year in operation. It also booked 45,000 hotel room nights and picked up $1.9 million in restaurant tabs for local diners. It hired 1,700 people with a $52.8 million payroll and paid out $50 million in jackpots. The property has contributed more than $1 million through charitable giving and sponsorships and the casino’s team members logged 630 volunteer hours helping community organizations.

The casino opened March 4, 2013.

 “Horseshoe Cincinnati was designed to add to the vibrancy of downtown Cincinnati by being the premier regional and local destination for the best in gaming and entertainment,” said Kevin Kline, general manager of Horseshoe Cincinnati, in a press release. “We accomplished this and more with our Total Rewards program and unique partnerships with local hotels, restaurants, sports teams and tourist attractions.”

The city of Cincinnati collected nearly $8 million from Ohio’s new casino industry in 2013. That was about $2 million short of the city's estimate for the casino's first year, but enough to satisfy Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley.

“I commend the Horseshoe for bringing a new industry, new jobs and a major new attraction to downtown Cincinnati,” Cranley said in a casino press release. “The property’s business model, which is designed to share its success with other businesses and organizations, has already been a win-win for this community and those benefits will only intensify in the years to come.”

Horseshoe Cincinnati announced a series of promotions to celebrate its first anniversary:

  • Horseshoe will provide a baseball-style T-shirt to all Total Rewards members who earn 15 Tier Credits on Monday, March 3 from 6 a.m. to 7:55 p.m. Guests can claim their T-shirt from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 3.
  • On Tuesday, March 4, guests can swipe their Total Rewards card to win their share of $35,000 cash. The casino will draw winners every 30 minutes from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. All guests receive one free entry and can earn additional entries from 6 a.m. to 9:25 p.m.
  • On March 8 and 15, guests can participate in the $50,000 Game Show Giveaway from 4-8 p.m. Contestants have a chance to win up to $4,000 in cash prizes.
  • Restaurant Jack Binion’s Steak at the Horseshoe will mark its first anniversary with a three-course, pre-fixe menu for $80 per person. The meal will include an appetizer, main course and dessert.
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