Visitors queue up several blocks from the entrance to the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland Monday, May 14, 2012. Ohio’s first casino opens its doors to the public at 9:30 p.m. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s first casino opened Monday night with long lines of gamblers ready to roll the dice, a glitzy music video instead of a traditional ribbon cutting and a taste of Las Vegas with two bare-midriff showgirls wearing plumed hats and sequined tops.
The video was projected on the facade of the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland and, playing off the window grid on the renovated department store, showed images from the city’s history, sports teams and tourist attractions, with plenty of cards and cascading poker chips for good measure.
The final scene showed the curtain opening to the casino, capping a twilight ceremony in front of a VIP crowd at a reception and gawkers outside police lines.
The general manager, Marcus Glover, asked the tuxedo and gown crowd that got the first chance at the slots to be considerate of dealers. “They’re very nervous. Be a little patient with them,” he said.
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