Cleveland's Horseshoe Casino: Where Every Visit Is a Win

Hallie Witwer
As a Clevelander living a mere ten minutes away from the Horseshoe Casino, I was ashamed to say that I had yet to visit my city’s biggest new attraction that had opened up all the way back in May of this year. This past weekend I finally atoned for it, though, and hit up what Cleveland has always known as the historic Higbee Building. Looking better than ever, the renovated building was sparkling with golden accents both on the outside and inside, and within minutes of entering I forgot I was in good old Ohio and felt magically transported to Las Vegas. The tables were packed and the energy was flowing. I could feel it in my veins and see it on the faces of everyone else who had gathered for an evening of betting and entertainment.

I have to say first and foremost how impressed I was with the staff. They were incredibly helpful in everything, from directions to literally standing by my side and coaching me on how to play. As I sat down at the slots I noticed that they weren’t as simple as “put quarter in and pull lever”. Upon seeing a look of confusion on my face, a staff member immediately came to my side and patiently explained all the different bets you could choose from and made subtle suggestions on moves to make. Before long, I realized why the advanced type of slot machine was so much better than the older, simpler version. The Horseshoe’s slots offered more opportunities to win and were much more interactive. After leaving the slots, I made my way over to the Roulette table where I ended up walking away with an additional sixty-five bucks. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

As for alcohol, if you came looking to drink there are certainly no shortages of options. The Horseshoe has two full-service bars as well as servers dressed to the nines milling the area ready to take your order. Keep in mind that state laws prohibit the casino from offering complimentary drinks, so do remember to bring your wallet. The drinks are appropriately priced, though, so you won’t be paying anymore than you would at you’re average bar. Just a heads up, if you’re under 21, you’ll have to keep trying your luck at the mega millions and scratch-off tickets because they do check IDs at the door. Didn’t eat before rushing out to win some money? Also not an issue. With both a buffet and a food court, the Horseshoe Casino offers something for everyone. All you need to do is enjoy yourself and make some memories (even if you forget them all by 8 a.m. the next morning).

Though the casino was incredibly crowded, I can definitely say that I was not at all irritated. There was ample space for everyone and little waiting for gambling. The casino has more than 2,100 slots and 65 tables total, so the crowds made the space exciting, not annoying. I hadn’t seen a venue in Cleveland that busy since Lebron played for the Cavs, and I was happy to see the hustle and bustle of a successful endeavor. Speaking of Cleveland basketball, the owner of the Cavalier’s, Dan Gilbert, is the man who has made the casino a reality. According to Gilbert, they aren’t even done yet. What is being referred to as “Phase 2” of the casino is supposedly still in the works. This part of the casino will overlook the Cuyahoga River and include many additional restaurants and shops. As of now, Gilbert, his company Rock Gaming LLC, and the city of Cleveland are still working out the details. An enormous undertaking, I’m sure. Personally, I find it comforting to know that powerful people care about Cleveland and are taking significant action to make it a city that is able to compete with the other big dogs out there.

With four floors, multiple bars and restaurants, parking, and convenient hotels, there is no reason NOT to make a visit to Cleveland and experience Ohio’s first full-service casino. Don’t let the cooling weather put a damper on your social life, friends. The glitz and glam of the Las Vegas Strip is now literally in our backyard. Even if you don’t win your bet, you’ll still go home with a memorable night under your belt. So really, when it comes to the Horseshoe Casino, you simply cannot lose.

The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
100 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113