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The WVXU News Department presents a special series on the opening of the new Horseshoe Casino, exploring issues like security, parking, development around the area, gambling addiction, and much more.

New casino gets official opening date

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The Ohio Casino Control Commission says Horseshoe Cincinnati has been granted a public opening date of March Fourth next year.  

The casino will be the last of four voter-approved casinos to open in the state in less than one year.  Construction at the site started in February 2011 and is now in its final stages.  

Casino General Manager Kevin Kline says in a statement efforts to hire and train about 1,700 new workers are on schedule and several hundred slot machines have already been placed on the gaming floor.

Horseshoe Cincinnati is located on 23 acres in the northeast corner of Downtown.  The $400 million casino covers more than 400,000 square feet and will include full-service gaming, sit-down and casual dining options and onsite parking.  It'll also have nearly 33,000 square feet of multipurpose and special function space for social, corporate, private and live entertainment events.