Casinos

casino, gambling
Adam Tinworth

Ohio's third casino is scheduled to open by early October in Columbus.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission on Wednesday decided the Hollywood Casino Columbus should open by Oct. 8, as long as it meets necessary requirements.

Commission Executive Director Matt Schuler says that includes the installation of about 3,000 slot machines and 70 table games and the licensing of employees and the casino itself.

A spokesman for developer Penn National Gaming says about 900 of the 2,000 employees have been hired.

For this weeks PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Rob Walgate, Vice President of Ohio Roundtable, the group that opposes video lottery terminals at the state's horse racetracks. Walgate says his group may consider an appeal.

A company whose workers were hurt when a floor collapsed at an Ohio casino construction site says it's ready to resume work when investigators decide it's safe.

More than a dozen people were hurt Friday morning at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati site, where they were pouring a section of concrete floor. Most were treated for bumps and scrapes and released.

The president of Cincinnati-based Jostin Construction says four employees suffered orthopedic injuries. Three needed surgery.

Kasich Agreement With Casinos Impacts Dayton

Jun 17, 2011

In this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks with the Dayton Daily News' Ellen Belcher to discuss how Kasich's deal with casino operators brings the potential for video lottery terminals to Dayton but critics from the left and the right are coming out against it. Belcher explains why and what the future holds for the games in the state.

Ohio will get an additional $110-million thanks to a deal reached between Governor John Kasich and casino operator Rock Ohio Caesars. In exchange ROC will only pay Ohio's commercial activity tax on what people wager, minus winnings. Rock CEO Dan Gilbert calls the deal fair and reliable.

Gilbert says the size and scope of the Cincinnati casino isn't changing. He expects to open in spring 2013. Governor Kasich says Ohio needed a comprehensive gaming plan.

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