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Caesars pitchin’ Horseshoes on Glory

Caesars pitchin’ Horseshoes on Glory
Caesars pitchin’ Horseshoes on Glory
Patrons walk in as a waitress walks out of the new, high-limit area on the Glory of Rome gaming vessel's fourth floor deck at Caesars Indiana. The casino is slowly transforming into a Horseshoe Casino while still remaining under Harrah's flagship. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Anyone fretting over the Glory of Rome’s possible transformation from a Roman gaming empire to a wild-west themed riverboat can rest easy.
Caesars Indiana, which is slowly making the move to becoming Horseshoe Casino, debuted its recently-renovated fourth deck a couple of months ago. One half of the third deck is currently undergoing renovation, and it won’t be long until the rest of the vessel receives a similar face-lift.
If the fourth deck is any indication, the world’s largest gaming boat may also rank as one of the world’s most beautiful.
The 25,000-square-foot deck was redone top to bottom, aft to stern and starboard to port. Designed by the Friedmutter Group of Las Vegas and constructed by Walsh Construction in Chicago, the floor features new walls, a new ceiling, brighter lighting, newer games, new signage and new carpet (complete with, of course, horseshoes).
At the west end of the vessel is a new high-limit area and Diamond Lounge.
Vaulted ceilings, large chandeliers and a marble walkway welcome gamers into the new realm.
The high-limit area features top-dollar slots (ranging from $1 all the way up to two $100 machines and one $500 machine) and multiple two-tier European blackjack tables ‘ the first and only tables of their kind on the Ohio River ‘ to go along with new roulette and craps areas. All of the table games in the high-limit lounge even sport small, flat-screen televisions for those who want to keep up on the latest news and sports while wagering.
A private cage was built for VIPs at the entrance to the area. Also, elevators are adorned with the Horseshoe logo.
Just past the high-limit area is the 6,000-square-foot Diamond Lounge, which is exclusively for Diamond and 7-Star players under the Total Rewards program.
The area has eight flat-screen televisions, three private parlors, a large bar and table areas. A free buffet serves light fare and hors d’oeuvres.
‘It’s a place where we want our high-end players to be able to come and relax and refresh,’ said Joe Barrett, vice president of table games.
‘We’ve had players who frequent other Harrah’s properties and they say that our Diamond Lounge is, by far, the best out there. They’ve absolutely raved about it. Our Diamond Lounge is something we’re extremely proud of.’
The large, luxurious lounge was put in with a minimal hit to the gaming area.
‘The Diamond Lounge offers the ultimate gaming experience in a very spacious and luxurious layout,’ said Judy Hess, communications director for Caesars Indiana. ‘We achieved the development of this very comfortable venue with a minimal reduction of gaming positions.’
The fourth floor also features a whole slew of penny slots, for those who don’t want to break the bank for their entertainment.
The renovations aren’t the only things turning heads at the casino.
Freeroll Texas Hold’em tournaments have been wildly popular. Registration for the first one in July was supposed to begin at 11 a.m., but people were already lining up at 6 a.m. for a shot at winning $10,000.
Another freeroll is coming up Aug. 17, with another one slated for Sept. 14.
The September tournament will be a $40,000 event, with the winner of the freeroll receiving $25,000 cash and a $5,000 seat into a World Series of Poker Circuit Event at Caesars in October, and second- and third-place winners also receiving seats.
Caesars’ WSOP Circuit Event will run from Oct. 17 through Nov. 2. Another one will be held April 2 through 16.