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Published: 5/29/2012 - Updated: 2 years ago


Hollywood Casino Toledo Grand Opening

The Hollywood Casino Toledo opened to the public Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held about 11 a.m. Hollywood star and Toledo native Jamie Farr was one of 10,000 who packed into the casino on its first day. CLICK ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

A patron watches the action at the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Blade/Andy Morrison Enlarge | Buy This Photo A patron watches the action at the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Blade/Andy Morrison
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From left: Sarah Stiteler, John Finamore, Penn National  Gaming Inc. senior vice president regional operations, Penn National Gaming President Tim Wilmott, Mayor Michael Bell, Peter M. Carlino, Chief Executive Officer of Penn National Chairman, Hollywood Casino Toledo General manager Richard St. Jean, and Jessica Bovia during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Enlarge | Buy This Photo From left: Sarah Stiteler, John Finamore, Penn National Gaming Inc. senior vice president regional operations, Penn National Gaming President Tim ...
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Dennis Shook, left, and Feisal Crumby, right, Slot Technicians, work on a slot machine during the final preparations before the ribbon cutting ceremony at Hollywood Casino Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Dennis Shook, left, and Feisal Crumby, right, Slot Technicians, work on a slot machine during the final preparations before the ...
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Sue Cronin lays out and tapes down the red carpet during the final preparations before the ribbon cutting ceremony at Hollywood Casino Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Sue Cronin lays out and tapes down the red carpet during the final preparations before the ribbon cutting ceremony at ...
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Mike Gaynor, slot technician, cleans a slot machine during the final preparations before the grand opening of Hollywood Casino Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mike Gaynor, slot technician, cleans a slot machine during the final preparations before the grand opening of Hollywood Casino Toledo....
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Larry Burns, vice president for external affairs at the University of Toledo, left, is given an umbrella escort to his car by security's Peter Sepeda at the Hollywood Casino Toledo office. He picked up his VIP pass for the opening of casino. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Larry Burns, vice president for external affairs at the University of Toledo, left, is given an umbrella escort to his ...
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Traffic is light  around The Hollywood Casino Toledo. The casino officially opens to the public at 2 p.m. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Traffic is light around The Hollywood Casino Toledo. The casino officially opens to the public at 2 p.m.
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Security worker Rick Glasson directs VIP traffic for the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Also on hand is TPD Sgt. Robert Marzec. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Security worker Rick Glasson directs VIP traffic for the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Also on hand is TPD ...
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Many of the slot machines at the casino feature different themes. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Many of the slot machines at the casino feature different themes.
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Toledo Mayor Michael Bell and his niece Shayla Bell pose for a photo near the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo Mayor Michael Bell and his niece Shayla Bell pose for a photo near the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Mini Baccarat dealer Jeff Sarnes of Toledo shuffles the decks,  before the ribbon cutting ceremony. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mini Baccarat dealer Jeff Sarnes of Toledo shuffles the decks, before the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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Jessica Bovia, left, and Sarah Stiteler, right, flank the sides of Michael Ashford on the red carpet as he enters the casino for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Jessica Bovia, left, and Sarah Stiteler, right, flank the sides of Michael Ashford on the red carpet as he enters ...
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Jessica Bovia wears a fancy head dress to welcome guests to the Hollywood Casino Toledo ribbon-cutting. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Jessica Bovia wears a fancy head dress to welcome guests to the Hollywood Casino Toledo ribbon-cutting.
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Lynn LaCross, balances a roulette machine before the gaming begins. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Lynn LaCross, balances a roulette machine before the gaming begins.
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It is a packed house awaits the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the casino. Enlarge | Buy This Photo It is a packed house awaits the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the casino.
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Emcee Jaime Farr welcomes guests to the ceremony. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Emcee Jaime Farr welcomes guests to the ceremony.
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Emcee Jaime Farr, left, and Hollywood Casino General Manager Richard St. Jean pal around during the ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the H Lounge. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Emcee Jaime Farr, left, and Hollywood Casino General Manager Richard St. Jean pal around during the ribbon-cutting ceremony in ...
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Employees applaud the opening of Hollywood Casino Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Employees applaud the opening of Hollywood Casino Toledo.
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Peter Carlino, left,  chairman and chief executive officer of Penn National Gaming Inc., and Mayor Michael Bell, right, take part in the ribbon-cutting festivities. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Peter Carlino, left, chairman and chief executive officer of Penn National Gaming Inc., and Mayor Michael Bell, right, take part ...
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Hollywood Casino General Manager Richard St. Jean gives the Dave Wehrmeister, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club a check for $50,000. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Hollywood Casino General Manager Richard St. Jean gives the Dave Wehrmeister, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club a ...
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Hollywood Casino General Manager Richard St. Jean gives Todd Tibbits, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toledo, a check for $50,000 during the ceremony. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Hollywood Casino General Manager Richard St. Jean gives Todd Tibbits, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toledo, a ...
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From left, pit boss Joseph Cameron, dealer William Sell, and security officer Dale Roach on the Black Jack table with VIP patron Vincent Schiavone of Whitehouse on the opening day. Enlarge | Buy This Photo From left, pit boss Joseph Cameron, dealer William Sell, and security officer Dale Roach on the Black Jack table with ...
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Detroit residents, from left, Frank Markim, John Ridinger and Stedman Lee play the craps table on the opening day of the Hollywood Casino Toledo. The stickman at right is Brandon LaCourse. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Detroit residents, from left, Frank Markim, John Ridinger and Stedman Lee play the craps table on the opening day of ...
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Holland, Ohio, resident Robert Disher is up $22 on the penny slots. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Holland, Ohio, resident Robert Disher is up $22 on the penny slots.
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Patrons play Monopoly on the opening day of the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Included are Lima residents Steven Moore, second from right, and Mike Stewart, right. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Patrons play Monopoly on the opening day of the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Included are Lima residents Steven Moore, second from ...
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Waterville resident Tamara Niekranz plays the Wizard of Oz machine on the opening day of the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Waterville resident Tamara Niekranz plays the Wizard of Oz machine on the opening day of the Hollywood Casino Toledo.
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Traffic lines the road up outside the main vehicle entrance of the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Police turned these cars away at 11:30 a.m., but around 11:45 the casino opened. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Traffic lines the road up outside the main vehicle entrance of the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Police turned these cars away ...
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Marilyn Laviolette of Northwood plays a slot machine. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Marilyn Laviolette of Northwood plays a slot machine.
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Security's Rick Glasson puts up a barrier to keep regular patrons from entering the entrance around 11:30 a.m. The casino officially opened at 2 p.m. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Security's Rick Glasson puts up a barrier to keep regular patrons from entering the entrance around 11:30 a.m. The ...
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Hundreds of patrons stand in a long line to get the reward card for the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Hundreds of patrons stand in a long line to get the reward card for the Hollywood Casino Toledo.
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Toledo police Sgt. Robert Marzec controls traffic for the opening of the casino. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Toledo police Sgt. Robert Marzec controls traffic for the opening of the casino.
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Security's Rick Glasson finally removes the barrier to allow patrons to enter the parking garage. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Security's Rick Glasson finally removes the barrier to allow patrons to enter the parking garage.
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Patrons come and go past red carpet girl Jae Johnson on the opening day of the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Patrons come and go past red carpet girl Jae Johnson on the opening day of the Hollywood Casino Toledo.
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Traffic begins to line up at the Hollywood Casino Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Traffic begins to line up at the Hollywood Casino Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.
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The Toledo Police Dept.'s motorcycle unit direct traffic at the I/75 exchange for the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Toledo Police Dept.'s motorcycle unit direct traffic at the I/75 exchange for the opening of the Hollywood Casino ...
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TPF motorcycle unit member Brian Calzone watches  I/75 ramp traffic for the Hollywood Casino Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Enlarge | Buy This Photo TPF motorcycle unit member Brian Calzone watches I/75 ramp traffic for the Hollywood Casino Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.
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The Toledo Police Dept.'s motorcycle unit direct traffic at the I/75 exchange for the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Toledo Police Dept.'s motorcycle unit direct traffic at the I/75 exchange for the opening of the Hollywood Casino ...
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Linda and Jack Schell, Bowling Green, pose for a photo with showgirls Sarah Stiteler, left, and Jessica Bovia at the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Linda and Jack Schell, Bowling Green, pose for a photo with showgirls Sarah Stiteler, left, and Jessica Bovia at the ...
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A gambler places a bet on a roulette table at the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A gambler places a bet on a roulette table at the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo, Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
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Pat Lemle, Delta, shows off her winning tally on a slot machine at the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Lemle won $2,060.19 playing the machine for less than five minutes she said. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Pat Lemle, Delta, shows off her winning tally on a slot machine at the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo,...
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Slot attendant Terrence Hudson Jr. counts out cash for Pat Lemle, Delta, who won big on a slot machine at the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Lemle won $2,060.19 playing the machine for less than five minutes she said. The Blade/Andy Morrison Enlarge | Buy This Photo Slot attendant Terrence Hudson Jr. counts out cash for Pat Lemle, Delta, who won big on a slot machine at ...
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Cars line up for valet parking during the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Blade/Andy Morrison Enlarge | Buy This Photo Cars line up for valet parking during the opening of the Hollywood Casino Toledo, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Blade/Andy ...
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Mark Hanson, who goes to Word of Truth Christian Center in Bowling Green, preaches against gambling on the opening day of the Hollywood Casino Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mark Hanson, who goes to Word of Truth Christian Center in Bowling Green, preaches against gambling on the opening day ...
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Aaron O'Neal, left, and Mark Hanson, members of the Word of Truth Christian Center in Bowling Green, preach against gambling on the opening day of the Hollywood Casino Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Aaron O'Neal, left, and Mark Hanson, members of the Word of Truth Christian Center in Bowling Green, preach against gambling ...
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Mark Hanson, who goes to Word of Truth Christian Center in Bowling Green, preaches against gambling on the opening day of the Hollywood Casino Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mark Hanson, who goes to Word of Truth Christian Center in Bowling Green, preaches against gambling on the opening day ...
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Hollywood Casino lit up at night. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Hollywood Casino lit up at night.
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Bruce Frueh, right, from Indian Lake, Ohio throws his arms up in the air after winning some cents on the penny slot. Pat Wamer, left, from Millbury, enjoys his jubilation. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Bruce Frueh, right, from Indian Lake, Ohio throws his arms up in the air after winning some cents on the ...
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Gina Bower, left, serves Sandy Lepiarz, right, a soda while Ms. Lepiarz plays Enlarge | Buy This Photo Gina Bower, left, serves Sandy Lepiarz, right, a soda while Ms. Lepiarz plays "Jacks or Better".
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While waiting in a line for a rewards card that extends all the way out the door, Ralph Cooper, left, and Patricia Imm, right, flank the sides of Jessica Bovia, center, who is dressed in costume, while casino photographer Oliver Cole, right, takes their picture. Pat Wamer, left, from Millbury, enjoys his jubilation. Enlarge | Buy This Photo While waiting in a line for a rewards card that extends all the way out the door, Ralph Cooper, left,...
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Diners enjoy the Final Cut Steak & Seafood restaurant in the Hollywood Casino Toledo. The steakhouse is the only restaurant in the casino that over looks the Maumee River through ceiling to floor windows. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Diners enjoy the Final Cut Steak & Seafood restaurant in the Hollywood Casino Toledo. The steakhouse is the only restaurant ...
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The foyer is packed with people waiting in line to get a rewards card. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The foyer is packed with people waiting in line to get a rewards card.
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Mike Skaff, left, and Jason Pryba, right, from Toledo, play Craps. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Mike Skaff, left, and Jason Pryba, right, from Toledo, play Craps.
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A trailer for the film Enlarge | Buy This Photo A trailer for the film "Men In Black" is on the screen over one of the casino floors.
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Pam Huntsman, from Galion, Ohio, marvels at her $150.00 win on a machine in the Enlarge | Buy This Photo Pam Huntsman, from Galion, Ohio, marvels at her $150.00 win on a machine in the "high rolling" slot area....
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Pam Huntsman, left, and her husband Freddie Huntsman  from Galion, Ohio, try their luck on the Enlarge | Buy This Photo Pam Huntsman, left, and her husband Freddie Huntsman from Galion, Ohio, try their luck on the "high rolling" slot machine ...
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The line for the Marquee Rewards card wraps all the way to the door. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The line for the Marquee Rewards card wraps all the way to the door.
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