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Horseshoe Casino will celebrate second anniversary

James W. Wade III | 5/21/2014, 11:30 a.m.
As Ohio’s first casino, the $350 million Horseshoe officially celebrated its second anniversary on May 14, but the party starts ...

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland will celebrate its second anniversary this Saturday, May 24, with a public party throughout the casino. The casino will give away $50,000 in gifts and free play and will also announce the winners of its Then and Now promotion, which urged Clevelanders – adults of all ages, near and far – to share fond personal memories and photos of living, working and playing in downtown Cleveland.

As Ohio’s first casino, the $350 million Horseshoe officially celebrated its second anniversary on May 14, but the party starts at 5 p.m. Saturday and will continue through the evening with live bands and DJs spinning favorites on the first floor.

“We want to show our appreciation for the warm welcome we’ve received in downtown Cleveland and for the continued support by Northeast Ohioans,” said Marcus Glover, general manager of Horseshoe Cleveland. “We look forward to many more prosperous years in the heart of the city.”

When the Casino opened, Dan Gilbert had a marvelous video display on the former Higbee building complete with show girls and plenty of food on Public Square. Over the past year, they have given away many prizes and gifts to all their loyal customers.

Beginning at 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, guests may enter for a chance to win a share of $10,000 in gifts and free play by swiping their Total Rewards card at a promotional kiosk inside the casino. Ten winners will be drawn every 30 minutes between 5 – 9:30 p.m. to choose an unwrapped gift to reveal a variety of prizes. At 10 p.m., one lucky winner will be drawn to win $15,000 in free slot play. The catch is you must be present to win.

DJ Donkis, voted one of Cleveland’s best DJs, will bring the first floor alive at Legends bar from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. DJ G will then take over until 1 a.m. Live entertainment begins at Vintage 51 bar on the second floor at 9 p.m. with Rick and the Cutting Edge, a seven-piece band playing current favorites until midnight.

At 6 p.m., Horseshoe will announce the winners of its Then and Now promotion, which began March 15 as a way to relive downtown’s illustrious past while celebrating its current revival. Hundreds of entries poured in from Clevelanders near and far, who recalled through stories and photos the good old days of riding the rapid downtown to shop at Higbee’s, seeing movies at the Hippodrome and the sweet smell of roasted nuts wafting out of Morrow’s Nut House on Public Square.

Many others shared how they’re now making new memories by enjoying all that downtown has to offer, such as catching a game at Progressive Field, having dinner on East Fourth Street and seeing some of America’s best stage performances right in their own backyard at Playhouse Square.

Former Cleveland Browns Cleo Miller and Greg Pruitt will team up with Mark Ribbins from 107.3 The Wave to choose three winners from a pool of six semi-finalists. Their stories will be displayed on a stage on the first floor and first, second and third place ribbons will be pinned on the winning stories at 6 p.m. The six semi-finalists have been invited to attend the awards presentation and three of them will share a pool of prizes worth $10,000.

“I am glad to be part of this great event that will highlight Cleveland and my station,” said radio anchor Mark Ribbins.