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Published: Monday, 5/21/2012 - Updated: 2 years ago

Toledo casino shines during media tour

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA
BLADE STAFF WRITER
The Hollywood Casino in Toledo is scheduled to open Tuesday, May 29. The Hollywood Casino in Toledo is scheduled to open Tuesday, May 29.
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Reporters from Detroit to Columbus and beyond got their first look today at the new Hollywood Casino Toledo with its ornate pillars, flashy television screens, and sprawling gambling floor populated by dealers and cocktail waitresses.

Casino General Manager Richard St. Jean opened the media day tour with a cheer from the staff practicing dealing behind him.

“As you can see, it’s a phenomenal building with all the glitz and glamour we have promised,” Mr. St. Jean said.

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Workers continued to add finishing touches, such as tinting exterior windows inside the Final Cut Steak & Seafood — one of five restaurants and lounges in the new building.

The $320 million casino opens to the public May 29 at 2 p.m. in a much anticipated grand opening. The casino will be the state’s second gambling facility to open this month.

Vice President of Marketing Jason Birney pointed out the casino’s 2,002 electronic machines, and table games that include blackjack, roulette, mini-baccarat, and a Big Six wheel, as well as six different poker variations and a 20-table poker room.

Table minimums begin at $5, and increase or decrease based on the time of day, the number of players at each table, and the traffic flow. There will be an eight-table high limit area that will include seven blackjack tables and one mini-baccarat table. The minimum bet there will be $50 and maximum $2,000.



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