Hollywood Casino Toledo to provide entertainment



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Hollywood is coming to Toledo.

Northwest Ohio is preparing to welcome its first casino on May 29 — one with all the glitz and glamour of old-style Hollywood and amenities similar to those in Las Vegas, said John McNamara, the marketing operations manager.

“This is going to be the new place to be because there’s no other place like it,” said Carrie Serber, a casino host. “It’s a whole different level of entertainment for this area.”

The 290,000 square-foot casino will feature live table games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Carnival-style games.

There are 2,500 available gaming positions, and the casino has plenty of space to walk around, said Neal Perry, director of table games.

Twenty-two core games will be open 24 hours, seven days a week, he said. Individuals under the age of 21 are not allowed in the building, Perry said.

Guests will be able to play at more than 60 of the casino’s live poker tables, according to a press packet released by the casino. Casino hosts, like Serber, provide hospitality and accommodations for the tables’ VIP players.

“We evaluate their level of play and reward them accordingly with perks, such as food comps,” Serber said. “There’s no other atmosphere like this.”

Slot machines cover the casino floor. One such machine is themed after the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and is not available in Detroit.

The casino is home to five different restaurants/lounges.

The Scene is a 173-seat modern sports grill with a video wall and plasma screen televisions for guests to enjoy while they eat.

“This will bring sports bars to a whole other level,” said Nikki Ettl, Scene supervisor. “It’s got every sports team you could possibly watch.”

The grill will operate as a fine dining restaurant and will serve traditional sports grill foods, she said.

“Our bar is the hub and everybody will find a place there,” she said. “It leaves me speechless.”

Guests can order beverages while playing the various games on the floor.

“This is a typical casino floor with an array of liquor available, like wine and draft beers,” said Andrea Preciado, beverage supervisor. “I’ll be on the casino floor smiling and giving the guests the best experience.”

The casino offers free live entertainment seven nights a week. The performers on the stage will also be shown on the 60-foot-wide projector screen.

“We turn it into a more of a nightlife feel,” McNamara said.

Employees at the Epic Buffet, a 260 seat Las Vegas-style grill, contribute to the musical entertainment as well.

Sung to the melody of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” the group came up with its own song about the restaurant, said Richard St. Jean, general manager.

The casino is decorated with Hollywood memorabilia from Elvis Presley and Toledo native, actress Katie Holmes. Pre-prohibitionist era styled drinks and 20th century decor also work with the Hollywood theme.

When it opens, the casino will be one of the largest employers in Northwest Ohio with over 1,300 employees.

“I’m really excited for this; we’ve been working really hard,” Preciado said. “I get to come to this every day.”