$200K Jackpot Winner
This year one very lucky person walked out of the Cleveland Rocksino with an extra $200,000 in their pocket. Whoever has had their reservations about video lottery terminals (VLTs) should have a talk with the big winner. This was the biggest jackpot on the year, and surely made someone’s 2016 magic and memorable. View our past winners >
Concerto Italian Kitchen Grand Opening
In June of 2016, the Rocksino answered the requests and suggestions of patrons and opened Concerto, a state of the art fast casual Italian restaurant. Executive Chef Chris Poplin traveled all throughout the region to put together the best ingredients the area has to offer. Since the beginning of the year, the Rocksino has won 18 dining related awards.
Rocksino named #6 Top Workplace in Northeast Ohio
This year we were very excited to receive a Top 2016 Workplaces award by Plain Dealer. These results were based purely on employee feedback from surveys administered by leading research firm, WorkPlaceDynamics LLC. President of the Rocksino Mark Birtha went on to say, “That’s been our mission since we opened doors in December, 2013. We’ve won several major awards in gaming, dining, and entertainment. This prestigious award solidifies all four components of our business operations; and we couldn’t be any prouder.”
Marquee Acts in Hard Rock Live
2016 was an incredible year for entertainment at the Rocksino. Legends like Dolly Parton and The Steve Miller Band packed the house and rocked the building. In addition, Lauryn Hill, Chicago, Styx, Foreigner, Cydni Lauper and Tom Jones made appearances.
In October we hosted their Pinktober event in the Velvet Club with the purpose of increasing awareness and education about breast cancer, as well as raising funds to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Rocksino doubled donation numbers from last year and presented a $100,000 check to the organization. The funds will be allocated towards research on finding a cure, as well as community-based organizations serving those in need.
Wheel of Fortune Contestant Search
We were fortunate enough to have America’s favorite classic game show stop by in search of candidates. Hundreds of hopeful Ohio natives came together with aspirations of joining Pat Sajak and Vanna White on stage for the chance to make some serious cash and score some TV time.
Veterans Day Week Of Honor
For Veterans Day this year, the Rocksino went the extra mile and held an entire Week of Honor comprised of various events to salute our service men and women. Some of these events featured free breakfasts, lunch buffets, and discounted entertainment. In addition, proceeds from multiple custom gaming machines and all purchases of Red Bull cocktails went directly to the Foundation for Ohio Guard and Reserve.
Custom VLT launch
The Hard Rock Rocksino now boasts two exclusive VLT (video lottery terminal) games dedicated to Cleveland Legends Bernie Kosar and Michael Stanley. In November, three additional VLTs came onboard for your next jackpot! CLEVELAND ROCKS, NORTHFIELD PARK, and ROCK$INO RICHE$ have taken the Rocksino by storm and are ready to pay out.
Ride 4 The Record
Attempting to break the world record for most motorcycles starting simultaneously, the Rocksino held a huge event in the parking lot, including live music, stunt riders, beer and food vendors, as well as raffles and prize giveaways. Proceeds from the event went to North Coast Community Homes, a non-profit focusing on providing those with physical disabilities and mental illness with affordable housing. While we fell short of the world record, we did succeed in raising $70,000 for the philanthropy.
The Bachelor Casting Call
This past summer, hundreds of love seeking ladies traveled to the Rocksino with hopes of being a participant on ABC’s hit show, The Bachelor. This reality TV dating game show has been taking America by storm since its debut in 2002. Who better a contestant than the gorgeous women of Northeast Ohio!