When the Penn National Gaming corporation first approached Ohio's state leaders about having a referendum placed on the ballot to let voters decide if they wanted casino gaming in the state, they insisted that the city of Toledo be on that referendum. Peter Carlino is the company's CEO and Chairman of the Board. "This is a big city, we'll do fine here in this location. Jamie Farr, a 1952 graduate of Woodward High School, presided over the grand opening exercises. "This place is impressive and I never imagined that a place of this opulence could come to a market this size," Mr. Farr said.
The casino employs over 1,200 people. 90 percent of them are from the greater Toledo metropolitan area.
The operators of the Detroit casinos are concerned that the Hollywood Casino Toledo will siphon business from them. WNWO spoke to a number of Hollywood Casino Toledo patrons who had indeed driven from Detroit to attend the grand opening. The new Hollywood Casino Toledo is open 24 hours a day/seven days a week.