Caesars Entertainment opened a new $90 million swanky casino, amidst extraordinary pomp and splendor this Thursday, in Southern Indiana, southwest of New Albany. Built over 18 months, the 110,000 square-foot casino offering the integrated facility is jazzier, larger, and capable of churning an immense profit.
The grand ceremony included a procession of Roman gods, goddesses, centurions, the unveiling of Augustus Caesar’s statue delivered from Las Vegas.
Multitudes of people flocked to the casino, hoping to be first guests to experience the grandeur.
Brad Seigel, Caesars Southern Indiana general manager, was quite glad at the way the project has turned out. He said that as soon as Indiana in 2015 permitted riverboat casinos to shift on land, the idea of whether there is “a better way to run a business than on riverboat” was being contemplated on.
Hence, Caesar has come up with an upgraded, posh casino which lets one enjoy and also have a bird’s eye view on the on-goings as opposed to the riverboat casinos.
Indiana Gaming Commission executive director Sara Tait applauded this move saying that the patrons are going to be super happy by this incredible casino.
Features of the new casino
Equipped with retail, dining, entertainment with 103 gaming tables, 1218 slot machines, huge sports betting section, improved services under the same roof, it is all set to oust the 21-year-old Horseshoe Riverboat; ushering a Las-Vegas vibe.
With Indiana legalizing sports betting, earlier this year, the casino has added The Book with kiosks (providing guest assistance), huge bar, betting windows, 30 large screened TVs; guests can bet on any sports. The Book will remain open Monday to Friday from 12 pm to midnight, and from 10 am to midnight on weekends.
Piazza, the dining hall, comprises 5 restaurants, including pizza, Mexican, Asian dishes; 24-hour restaurants are at ones beck and call ready to make homestyle foods.
The sprawling casino also houses meeting and convention spaces to fit in huge groups with upgraded amenities; amidst a natural sunlight setting.
There’s a Volt Lounge meant to exhibit live entertainment every weekend, a non-smoking, high limits gaming area with a private parlor. Besides, a Juno Bar in the middle of the gaming floor is another attractive addition, along with Laurel Lounge, meant for Caesars Rewards VIPs.
Tony Rodio, Caesars Entertainment CEO speaking about the casino’s new attributes likened it to “a mini-Vegas experience” and said that the $90 million casinos have the potential to draw even non-gamblers. “It is so much more convenient as far as the distance you have to walk from the parking garage to the facility. It’s so much more spacious”, he added.
This casino is hailed to be the nicest regional properties in the entire Caesars portfolio.
“It’s really modern and bright. It’s just a Vegas-type experience,” chirped Tom Koogler, a longtime player who made the 3-hour trip from Dayton, Ohio, to witness the grand ceremony in Elizabeth along with his wife Pat.