Lakes Entertainment Inc. Joining Ohio Casino Effort
Lakes Entertainment Inc. and their Chief Executive, Lyle Berman, have joined an effort to bring a new casino to Ohio. The group is joining MyOhioNow.com, and is hoping to secure the necessary votes to bring a new casino to the state.
Lakes Entertainment Inc. is based out of Minneapolis, and together with Rick A. Lertzman and Brad A. Pressman, is hoping their combined efforts will bring positive results. The group is looking to bring a casino to a site off I-71.
November will be the month that the group will be targeting. That is the month that voters will decide whether or not to allow for the new casino. In order for the casino to be built, a constitutional amendment will have to be in place to allow the gambling.
If approved, Lertzman and Pressman will help operate the facility, which will be run by Lakes Entertainment. The group seems to be a good match, according to Lertzman.
“They fit hand in hand with what we’re looking for, which is that Midwestern look,” he said. Berman is expanding his gambling interests. He started out as a poker player, then moved on to opening casinos.
He has casinos already operating in California and Michigan. His two partners in the Ohio project are both from Cleveland.
Seminole Hard Rock Casino In Tampa, Florida Unveils Vegas Slots
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The Seminole tribe in Florida is creating quite a dynasty with their casinos in Florida. A recent compact with Governor Charlie Crist has allowed the Seminoles to offer Vegas style slots at their casinos.
On Thursday, the Hard Rock casino in Tampa will follow the lead of their East Coast casinos, by unveiling the Vegas style slots to the public.
Patrons will be happy with the new slots, if results from casinos in Coconut Creek and Hollywood are any indication. People are flocking to the new gaming machines.
“These machines are much better than their old machines. You don’t have to feel like you’re playing bingo with the new machines, they are much more exciting,” said Roger Thompson, a slots player from the Hard Rock in Hollywood.
In Tampa, the casino hopes that by July, they will have 2,000 Vegas style slots operating. With each passing month until then, the casino will be integrating the new machines on the gaming floor.
Another part of the compact will be unveiled sometime in the fall. Blackjack and baccarat were also approved by the Governor as part of the compact. All of the Seminole Florida casinos are preparing for the new table games.