Caesar's Glory of Rome sails into Guiness records book

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CORYDON, Ind. -- When Caesars Indiana's Glory of Rome began navigating the waters of the Ohio River here last November, Caesars World billed the 173,200-square-foot riverboat as the world's largest gaming vessel.

The claim is now official, thanks to the folks at the Guinness Book of Records, who keep tabs on such things. Just last month -- on St. Patrick's Day -- the riverboat, which offers 93,000 square feet of gaming space, celebrated its designation as a Guinness record holder with a ceremony at the property's land-based pavilion that included area record holders who have been listed in the record book, members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Michael Walsh, the gaming facility's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Visitors enter the four-deck vessel, which measures 452 feet long by 100 feet wide, through a central lobby accented by marble columns and murals. Behind sets of 10-foot-high doors located on each of the four decks are themed casinos depicting a significant event or scene in Roman history.

Visitors enter the four-deck vessel, which measures 452 feet long by 100 feet wide, through a central lobby accented by marble columns and murals. Behind sets of 10-foot-high doors located on each of the four decks are themed casinos depicting a significant event or scene in Roman history.

The Burning of Rome Casino features Roman columns and a ceiling with frescoes depicting an ancient event that left more than half of the city in ruins. The room's table games are located in a carpeted area decorated to resemble ancient limestone streets strewn with embers.

Designed to resemble an open movie set, Caesars Movie Casino includes movie-type track lighting, a ceiling bordered by wide trim work dotted with oversize rolls of film and monitors showing classic movie scenes. Monitors tuned to major sporting events also are employed at Caesars Sports Casino, which is designed to look like the Colosseum.

At Caesars Music Casino, visitors will find musical instruments, tunes from all eras and music videos.

The Glory of Rome's third deck contains Caesars Rome Casino, whose decor is inspired by Rome's Golden Age. Ornate columns and red carpeting with golden laurels are attention grabbers here, as are the chandeliers, which include two of the largest in the world.

For high-limit players, the vessel's fourth deck features Cleopatra's High Limit Slots and a room with high-limit tables. The high-limit slots area is trimmed in gold with a ceiling whose designs are covered in gold.

Between the themed casinos on each deck, visitors will find lobby casinos that include slot machines and some table games. In all, the vessel offers more than 2,800 slot machines and more than 140 table games, where visitors can play such games as blackjack, craps, poker, roulette and baccarat.

Future plans for the casino complex include the construction of a 500-room luxury hotel, a retail shopping plaza, four restaurants and a pavilion that will house a 1,500-seat sports and entertainment facility.

Caesars Indiana also commissioned golf course architect Arthur Hills to design an 18-hole championship course located near the casino resort. Caesars Indiana, Phone: (812) 738-3848

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