Casino backers say Cincinnati casino to open in 2 years

Posted by Christi Reynard - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Ohio voters approved it on Election Day.  Now casino backers say Cincinnati's tables will be open for business in two years.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert joined his investment partners at Broadway Commons Tuesday.  That's where the Cincinnati casino is planned to be built.

Gilbert is the primary backer of the casinos that will open in Cincinnati and Cleveland, and says all the campaign promises that went into Issue 3 on the Ohio ballot will be kept.

"Everything we committed to this community we're going to make good on. Everything we made relative to the jobs...five thousand jobs relative to construction and permanent employees we're going to make good on, " says Gilbert.

The current timeline puts groundbreaking in April of 2010. At that point all four Ohio casinos will pay its fees to the state, totaling $200 million. The plan is to have all the casinos open by 2012.

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