While Hollywood Casino Toledo officials had asked that the decision for Ohio’s first casino opening to be left to a coin flip, the commission gave the nod to Cleveland after the Toledo casino has faced some licensing delays.
The exact opening dates will be decided at a later time.
“To get the clarity is welcome. We want to be sure we are not just the first, but the best and we do this in the right way,” said Horseshoe Casino General Manager Marcus Glover.
Ohio will be opening two other casinos in Cincinnati and Columbus in 2013.