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    Walker Evans
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    Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg Offers Glimpse of What To Expect From Columbus Casino

    By Patrick Preston

    Published: May 11, 2010

    Casino developer Penn National plans to break ground on its Hollywood Casino Columbus later this year with an opening slated for late 2012. NBC 4′s Patrick Preston traveled to Lawrenceburg, Indiana this week to the Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg to find out what Columbus can expect from its new casino.

    WATCH VIDEO HERE: http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2010/may/11/hollywood-casino-lawrenceburg-offers-glimpse-what–ar-73063/

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    Looks like Gillians right before they closed. I guess it is a good thing all those old people won’t be hanging out in the Arena District.

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    I think that this is somewhat of an apples & oranges comparison. The Lawrenceburg casino is a riverboat – which totally changes the setup of the building.

    I do agree though that the whole Hollywood theme is rather chincy.

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    I didn’t realize it was a riverboat. That does probably mean a different building setup, but I imagine the decor and interior will be practically the same.

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    Walker wrote >>
    I didn’t realize it was a riverboat. That does probably mean a different building setup, but I imagine the decor and interior will be practically the same.

    Jup. The Lawrenceburg casino has this strange long, wide hallway that connects the ground to the boat – it’s also the “gate” where they control age check ID, people counting, etc. Once you get to the end of that hall – a hall of benches and fancy lighting – blam, casino.

    And, if you’ve been to Vegas, that’s pretty much it. Somewhere between the Imperial Palace and Caesar’s, minus the smoke cloud.

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    I can definitely see why we would not want those 5,000 people down in the arena district, looked way to rowdy for the AD.

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    How about we get Barb Henrickson to come in and run the place? ;)

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    First casino implementation bill rolled out
    Posted by Jim Siegel, Statehouse reporter on May 17, 2010 6:06 PM

    Senate Republicans today introduced their legislation to create a new Ohio Casino Control Commission and set some of the ground rules for the operations of four casinos to be built in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo.

    House Democrats are expected to introduce their own version of the bill possibly as soon as Tuesday. Under the constitutional amendment that voters approved in November, the bill must be signed into law by June 3.

    READ MORE: http://blog.dispatch.com/dailybriefing/2010/05/first_casino_implementation_bi.shtml

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    Proposed Columbus Casino Rules Include No Free Drinks
    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    Ohio’s four new casinos could not have patrons younger than 21 and would be prohibited from serving complimentary drinks, under rules proposed before the Ohio Senate.

    READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/live/content/local/stories/2010/05/18/story-columbus-casino-rules.html?sid=102

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    No free drinks…I’m out

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    no free drinks is fine by me. i tend to lose my “gambling judgement” when drinking. 1990 Vegas – I lost my ass and woke up with the hangover from hell.

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    Casino slots to pay out 85%
    WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010 2:52 AM
    BY JAMES NASH
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    Would-be Ohio gamblers can rest easy: The slot machines at the state’s four casinos will pay back, on average, at least 85 percent of the money people put into them.

    Gamblers at new casinos in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo will be able to drink until 2:30 a.m., but none of the booze will be free. They won’t be able to smoke.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/05/19/copy/casino-slots-to-pay-out-85.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

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    Displaced Columbusite wrote >>
    No free drinks…I’m out

    Can’t help but wonder, is there a “minimum cost” that the State imposes on drinks?

    Like the do for beer/booze “sold at state minimums”

    If not, I fully expect quarter beers and mixed drinks.

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    Yeah, I was just joking about the free drink thing, I don’t really gamble so I doubt I would ever be in the casino one way or the other anyhow.

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    Developers balking a bit at price tag for casinos
    THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010
    BY JAMES NASH
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    Developers of Ohio’s four casinos called on lawmakers yesterday to loosen requirements that they spend at least $250 million to build each facility, even though they had pitched that to voters last year as a billion-dollar economic boost for the state.

    The casino developers also objected to proposed $25,000 liquor-permit fees.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/05/20/copy/developers-balking-a-bit-at-price-tag-for-casinos.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

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