We've got a full house of gambling options these days, from the total casino experience of the Horseshoe Cleveland to the thoroughbred combination of horse racing and slots at the ThistleDown Racino. This month, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park ups the ante when its $265 million complex opens with a 1,700-seat concert hall, Hard Rock Cafe, comedy club, steakhouse and 2,200 video slot machines. If that's not enough to tempt your hand, Rocksino president Jon Lucas provides a few other reasons to visit.
| Royal Flush
With more than $1 million worth of music memorabilia, the Hard Rock's collection includes Bruce Springsteen's sleeveless denim vest from his 1984-'85 Born in the U.S.A. tour and Eddie Van Halen's customized red HarleyDavidson Softail motorcycle, which serves as the centerpiece leading into Hard Rock Cafe. "It's a prized possession," says Lucas.
| Pair of Aces
With two stages, the Rocksino offers local and national touring acts. The Hard Rock Live concert hall can hold more than 2,600. "It has the capacity to host celebrity musician shows," says Lucas. A smaller Hard Rock Cafe stage will showcase local acts, such as Canton-based Hey Monea, which recently signed with the Hard Rock music label.
| High Roller
Kosar's Wood Fired Grill stands out among the four dining areas. Named after the former Browns quarterback, Bernie Kosar, the steakhouse features items such as bacon-wrapped scallops and Kosar's favorite, Bernie's lobster and Champagne mac and cheese. "[The bar] is a great place to hang out and have a cold beer while watching the game," says Lucas.
| Three of a Kind
Everyone knows the Vegas cliche: casino floor with no windows and pumped in oxygen. That's not the case at the Hard Rock. Three covered outdoor patios, open year-round, mean you can play the slots alfresco. "They are more private and geared toward people coming specifically to use the [slots] terminals," Lucas explains.