Gordon Ramsay has revealed in a Twitter video that he will be opening a second Gordon Ramsay Steak at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore later this year.  Ramsay's restaurant will replace Jack Binion's Steak.  His other Gordon Ramsay Steak is located at Paris Las Vegas.   In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Ramsay said that the menu is still being fleshed out, but diners can expect signature dishes from the Las Vegas restaurant such as beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding, as well as more seafood dishes and regional specialties.  Other menu items will include fish and chips made with local beer batter, classic British ale soup, braised beef cheeks and smoked bone marrow.   “I’m going to interject a lot more of the East Coast, fish, crabs,” he said in the interview.  ”I think it’s going to be easier sourcing from the East Coast and the surrounding waters.”  According to The Sun, his team already is on the ground scoping out the best food Baltimore has to offer and figuring out how to incorporate it in his restaurant.   “We’re like little magpies,” he said. “We’re always going in looking for glitter and finding out what’s working.”  The price point will be similar to Binion’s, but lower than Ramsay’s Las Vegas steak house, which averages about $70 to $80 per head, Ramsay said.  He said the new restaurant will carry a motif similar to Las Vegas steak house, with “lots of blues, lots of whites, lots of reds,” and a wall of meat cleavers to greet guests alongside the entrance.  “I’m opposed to this kind of stuffiness that steak houses can sometimes bring,” Ramsay said.  ”It’s going to be sort of cool Britannia meets sort of hip, shabby-chic restaurant.”   It’s unclear when Binion’s will close so renovations can begin; the casino has not yet finalized the construction timeline.

In an August conference call with investors, Chief Financial Officer Eric Hession may have inadvertently confirmed the rumor that “Giada de Laurentiis will open food outlets at the company’s Horseshoe Baltimore property,” according to a report in the Las Vegas Review Journal. Also possibly confirming the rumor I reported in the July newsletter, Giada de Laurentiis said in a Facebook Live video that she plans to open a Baltimore restaurant in 2018. While my sources tell me her restaurant will replace Johnny Sánchez, it was unclear where her new spot would be. Another


Updated: 7/25/17
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

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Casino Overview

The direct phone number to the Horseshoe is (844) 777-SHOE (7463).
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is a beautiful two-story casino with a 122,000 sq. ft. gaming floor.  The $442 million development features video lottery terminals (VLTs), table games, and a 14-table World Series of Poker room.  A 20,000 sq. ft. Baltimore Marketplace showcases authentic Charm City food outlets, and three premier restaurants, and several bars and lounges round out the food and beverage offerings.

The Horseshoe is located on Baltimore's south side.  There is easy access from I-95 going south or north, or from the Baltimore-Washington Parkway heading north.  Signage is excellent as you approach downtown Baltimore from the north. From the south, take Exit 52 from I-95 (Russell Street North).  If you're traveling on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Md. 295), just stay on it and the road becomes Russell Street.  The casino will be on your right.

The casino itself is absolutely stunning with gorgeous chandeliers, beautiful paneling and other top-grade finishes. No detail was spared in creating a one-of-a-kind experience – including lots of windows, giving the casino an even more spacious feeling, especially during daylight.


Insider Tip

While there used to be a $240 limit on individual ATM withdrawals, with a limit of $1,000 per day, Maryland law has changed and the limit on individual withdrawals is now $1,000, with a daily limit of $2,500.  The actual number of transactions – at $5.99 each – will be determined by your bank and the maximum daily amount your account allows.  This applies only to ATMs physically located in Maryland casinos.

Insider Tip

Listen to an informative 30-minute presentation about Total Rewards and get your choice of 2,000 Reward Credits ($20 in comps) or $20 in free play. You can attend the “class” as many times as you like, but you get the “reward” only once. Check at the Total Rewards Center for dates and times, and register starting an hour in advance
There are more than 2,200 slot machines, more than 150 video poker machines and 153 table games, including blackjack, roulette, baccarat, craps, Fortune Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride Bonus Poker, Mississippi Stud Poker, Three and Four Card Poker, and Ultimate Texas Hold
'Em.

In addition, there is off-track betting on the first level over by the Baltimore Marketplace.

On the casino floor soft drinks, coffee and bottled water are complimentary.  D
ue to state laws, there is a charge for alcoholic beverages.



Self-serve beverage dispensers are located throughout the casino.
However, Reward Credits can be used to purchase alcoholic beverages in the bars or restaurants, as well as the Diamond Lounge, but not on the floor.

The casino is smoke-free, but there are outdoor smoking areas, left complete with slot machines! on both floors.

The casino is equipped with Caesars proprietary Total Touch system that allows customers to order drinks, redeem free play, check their Total Rewards account balances, and receive real-time offers based on play.

Insider Tip

You no longer have to use all your free slot play at one machine. Let’s say you download $50, have a big win and decide your machine isn’t going to hit again for a while. You’re no longer stuck playing the balance of what you downloaded. Simply remove your Total Rewards card from the machine, and any unused free slot play will automatically be re-deposited back into your bank. Caesars casinos in Hammond, New Orleans, Phoenix and Tunica – and perhaps others – are among those with similar policies.

Parking
Valet parking is complimentary for all Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders.  Platinum and Gold cardholders pay $10.  Mondays through Thursdays all Total Rewards cardholders 55 and older get free valet parking. 
Because the casino is located adjacent to M&T Bank Stadium, on certain special event days, guests without Total Rewards cards will be charged $60.

Self-parking in the Horseshoe's 3,500-space garage is always complimentary for Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders; however, there is reserved parking for Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders on Level 3 of the garage.

There are 18 spaces directly in front of the door and about 4½ rows of Seven Stars/Diamond spaces.

You’ll need to get a parking pass/hang tag, right, at Total Rewards, but don’t lose it because it can’t be replaced.  (You just know people will get one, give it to a friend, and then ask for another.) 

Except on certain special event days, self-parking also is complimentary for Platinum and Gold cardholders.


Dining and Nightlife

Insider Tip

While the Horseshoe has some wonderful restaurants perfect for a family dinner, since all of them are located on the casino floor, no one younger than 21 can be admitted.
Dining choices range from Jack Binion's Steak, Johnny Sánchez and Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen + Bar to Fú Noodle House and the Baltimore Marketplace.

The Baltimore Marketplace
on the first level of the casino showcases some of the city’s favorite food and drink, including B’More Beers, Heavy Seas Burger Bar, Piezzetta and Lenny’s Deli, as well as Guy's Bar-B-Que Joint and B'More Chicken & DonutsBe sure to show your Total Rewards card if you’re planning to make a purchase at B’more Chicken & Donuts.  The posted prices are $1 higher without the card.

Special Seven Stars Benefits*
Other than the complimentary parking, above, Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders get priority beverage and slot service on the casino floor.  In addition, Seven Stars cardholders get a complimentary appetizer at Johnny Sánchez (chef's choice).



Nightlife centers around 14Forty, above, Baltimore's only 24-7 bar and entertainment venue.  [There are 1,440 minutes in a day.  Get it?]
Hotels

There is no hotel associated with the casino, but Horseshoe Baltimore partners with several area hotels: Sheraton Inner Harbor, Hilton Camden Yards, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Inner Harbor and Days Inn Inner Harbor.  For details click here.

There is a complimentary daily shuttle from the Sheraton Inner Harbor  that runs from 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday.  On Friday and Saturday, the shuttle runs from 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.


Seven Stars Lounge
There is no Seven Stars Lounge, but there is a small Diamond Lounge, right, on the second floor.  It's marked only by a small sign with the hours of operations on the right-hand side of the entrance.  A casino employee will check your player's card and grant access.

Alcoholic beverages are sold at a price discounted from those on the casino floor. 
You can use your Reward Credits to pay for drinks in the Diamond Lounge.

Individual cups of peanuts are available from the bartender on request and
“lite fare” is available from 5 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  One weekend the selection included chicken wings, fried fish and some assorted vegetables (squash, zucchini and red peppers).  According to Maryland law, free food in venues such as the Diamond Lounge must be limited to “hors d’oeuvre, pretzels, cheese or crackers. . . .”

The bartender, Jimmy, who's there most nights, has worked in Baltimore bars for years and is a great source for "inside" information about the area.

Current hours (subject to change) are 4 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays.


The Diamond Lounge offers a warm and comfortable enclave off the casino floor to relax and enjoy a cocktail or other beverage.  There is a bar which seats 12, some sofas, and a few small tables.


Total Rewards Center
The Total Rewards Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Should You Choose This For Your Annual Retreat?

Baltimore offers much in the way of sightseeing and other activities.  Since there is no hotel connected to the casino, you would need to stay in one of the partner hotels
which, with the exception of the Holiday Inn Express next door are close, but certainly not within walking distance.

Also, note that casinos without hotels are under no obligation to host your annual retreat, a Diamond Aspiration trip, or even provide you with a complimentary hotel room during any visit.

Where Horseshoe Baltimore Is Located

1525 Russell St., Baltimore, MD 21230


 


*subject to change, revision or cancellation

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