Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada is one of four casinos in the Detroit–Windsor area. Owned by the government of the province of Ontario, it is operated by Caesars Entertainment, both the original Casino Windsor and the new expansion were designed by WZMH Architects. The casino is located on Windsors riverfront overlooking the Detroit skyline near the Canadian end of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, the creation of this casino was a leading factor in the legalization of casino gambling in Detroit. The Forum hotel tower stands at 23 stories tall and opened in 1998, the Augustus tower stands at 27 stories and opened in 2008. Caesars Windsor attracts about six million visitors annually and its main competitors are MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino, and Greektown Casino in Detroit. Caesars Windsor attracts people from Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, the Casino is publicly owned by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, a large portion of the profits are returned to the provincial government. In December 2006, Harrahs announced that it would change the name of the casino to Caesars Windsor. The name switch coincided with a number of significant changes, including a new 27-story hotel, a 5,000 seat entertainment centre. The changes were necessary to make the more desirable to U. S. gamblers. Before September 11,2001, it was the most popular casino in the Detroit market, efforts were made to make it a destination resort for tourists, and to reward clients of the Caesars brand, a high-end name in gaming. Caesars Windsor reopened on June 19,2008, and featured pianist Billy Joel, in 1993, the Ontario government selected a joint venture of Caesars World, Circus Circus Enterprises, and Hilton Hotels to build and operate a province-owned casino. Casino Windsor opened in a location in May 1994 as Ontarios first casino. The former Art Gallery of Windsor located on Riverside Drive was refitted to house the interim casino, the casino saw record numbers, attracting millions of customers from the U. S. and Canada. In response, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced it would bring a riverboat casino to the riverfront, the Northern Belle was located at the foot of Ouellette Ave. on the Detroit River. It was open from December 1995 to July 1998, during this time, the permanent casino was under construction on the former Windsor Market site, a few blocks west of the temporary casino. It opened on July 29,1998, with an opening celebration with a James Bond 007 theme. Daisy Fuentes and Regis Philbin were among the stars that attended, the new site included a waterfall and tropical entrance, hotel, five restaurants, gift shops and an entertainment lounge. It added a centre, a 5, 000-seat entertainment centre
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Part of the re-branding to the Caesars name.
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Image: Caesar Windsor Theatre is west of the new hotel