CLEVELAND -- The anticipation was thick. The excitement was heavy. The line was long.
It all paid off as thousands packed inside Ohio's first casino with hopes of walking away with a big cash prize.
While Monday night's opening brought more than 11,000 guests, Tuesday's first full day of operation at the Cleveland Horseshoe Casino was a smashing success.
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Officials say approximately 15,000 people were admitted on Tuesday with more than half (8,000) signing up for new Total Rewards cards.
The Cleveland Horseshoe Casino also had the second-busiest poker room in the country Tuesday night. Data provided by Bravo Poker Live shows the 30 tables in Cleveland were second to a 160-table room in Los Angeles.
Wednesday also saw 2,500 meals served in the food court, which features three Cleveland-based outlets.
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