Southern Indian riverboat re-opens, Metropolis closes
March 17, 2011
Horseshoe Southern Indiana re-opened its riverboat casino and accompanying restaurants Wednesday after rising water levels on the Ohio River forced it to close for nearly six days.
The casino had closed at 3 p.m. last Thursday, with hotel guests given two hours to vacate the nearly full facility by 1 a.m. the night before. The hotel remains closed, but could re-open Thursday or Friday, according to Fox41.com, which also noted that this is the fourth time in ten years that the riverboat has been forced to close.
With over 100 tables and 2,000 slot machines, Horseshoe Southern Indiana is the largest riverboat casino in the country. Situated in Elizabeth, Ind., and primarily serving the Louisville market, the riverboat posted mixed results in February with admissions down 9.1 percent but slight increases in total handle and revenue.
Further downriver in Metropolis, Ill., the news was less good for Harrah’s. Its 36,000-square-foot casino and hotel were closed there yesterday afternoon “until further notice” due to rising water levels.
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