Category: Casino

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Apr2012
It now appears background checks will not hold up the scheduled openings of the Cleveland and Toledo casinos. Over 1100 of the expected 1900 licenses have been approved. Next on the agenda are hearings before the Casino Control Commission over the operator license applications. First up is Rock Ohio, developer of ... Read More

04

Apr2012
Construction is nearly done, slot machines have been delivered and most employees have been hired. Yet the May 14 opening date may still be in jeopardy. The possible culprit is once again the background checks. As of last week, the Ohio Casino Control Commission had completed background checks on about ... Read More

16

Feb2012

Casino Openings Set

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The Ohio Casino Control Commission gave the go-ahead yesterday for the Cleveland and Toledo casinos to open in May. The Cleveland casino gets the honor of being the first to open the week of May 14th. The Toledo casino will follow two weeks later the week of May 28th. Dates ... Read More

10

Feb2012

Smokers Need Not Apply

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Penn National has indicated that anyone who smokes, chews tobacco or uses nicotine patches will not be hired for any of the 3,200 jobs at the Columbus or Toledo casinos. Rock Gaming will not prohibit smokers from working at the Cleveland or Cincinnati casinos, but will offer cash incentives to ... Read More

10

Feb2012

Advisory Opinions

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The Ohio Ethics Commission has issued two advisory opinions addressing the conduct of OCCC members and staff. The first states that members or employees of the OCCC can’t participate in “casino gaming and any other amusement or activity.” Concerts, sporting events, dining, or golf at casinos or casino-owned facilities would ... Read More

09

Feb2012

Cincinnati Mishap

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A second-story floor collapsed at the site of the Cincinnati casino, injuring more than a dozen workers, none life threatening. Five days after the collapse, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, which is investigating the cause of the collapse, gave the okay to resume construction. The investigation is looking at ... Read More

09

Feb2012

Casino Police

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Legislators did not initially agree with the OCCC’s selection of the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) to police the casinos. When HB 386 was introduced, that authority went to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. However, a House committee has recommended the adoption of a substitute version of HB 386 which ... Read More

08

Feb2012

Opening Day

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The Cleveland and Toledo casinos may know as soon as February 15, the next scheduled meeting of the OCCC, when they will open. What is known is that the two casinos will open two weeks apart. It is uncertain which will open first. Penn National and Rock Gaming are both ... Read More

24

Jan2012

Toledo Casino

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Construction is nearly complete, but quite a bit of regulatory work remains before an opening date will be determined. Penn National did, however, clear its biggest hurdle to date: background checks. In an agreement reached with the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the number of individuals from Fortress Investment Group that ... Read More

24

Jan2012

Other Casino News

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The background checks are just one of several procedures that must be performed before any casino can open. The Cleveland casino is further along with their background checks, so they have begun the next process. The slot machines must be tested. The process begins with each casino selecting the machines. ... Read More