The girlfriend and I made a Christmas Night trip to the recently opened Hollywood Casino located in Columbus, OH. We arrived about 730pm or so, it turned out to be a 45 min drive from our home. First impression when you pull up, the Casino is big, no hotel yet, but the Casino itself appears pretty large. The property is landscaped nicely and appears well thought out. Entrance was a breeze, we used the valet for $5. Upon entry we signed up for the player card and received a $5 promo slot play. A quick tour of the Casino revealed a surprising "Vegas vibe". The slots are all new and modern and the place was really clean and well designed. Didnt at all feel like a cheesy local joint, felt like a Station Casino, nicely done but obviously not Bellagio over the top or anything like that. We decided to have a drink at the bar in the center of the Casino, its an Ohio State Buckeye themed round bar. I ordered a Columbus IPA draft beer and a chardonnay for the lady, $9. The bartender served the drinks and then apologized for serving in plastic cups, said Casino policy no glass on the Casino floor. The part of the bar we were sitting at was considered "the floor", however about 3 feet away from us the floor was elevated a couple feet and roped off and was not considered "the floor" I did not immediately notice, but later noticed I was getting served in 12oz. plastic cups, while the folks in the roped off section were drinkin out of 16oz glass. I put a hundo into the VP paying 9/5 and began to fire it up looking for the 4OAK. I noticed on the machine a Royal would pay about $5400. I remember thinking that would be a nice Christmas payout. I got quite a bit of play out of my hundo, put managed nothing more exciting than a few 3OAK before my money ran out. We ordered another round and the GF went off to the restroom, I put another $20 in and had a few nice hits including a full house. Played that $20 up to $80 before it ran out. I put another $50 in and again had a lot of play before zeroing out. We then hit the Casino floor, first observation the tables were pretty well jam packed, the Casino was not at all, but the tables were jammed. We decided to dump another hundo into some random slots, played it down to $55 without any decent hits before cashing out. Walking around the Casino the GF asks whats up with the "High Limit room", I say come on, I will show you. I put the $55 ticket in a Wheel of Fortune machine and max bet at $15 a spin, on the third spin the maching lights up for a $515 hit!! We cashed out and went back to the bar!! That hit put me up about $345 and that was good enough for me!! We went back to the bar and sat in the roped off area and ordered another round, we chatted with two cocktail waitresses that we knew from their prior bartending jobs near where we live. I began to talk to a younger fellow next to me, seemed to be a nice guy, kinda odd, said he didnt gamble because he "didnt have to". I told him I didnt "have to" gamble, but kinda enjoyed it. HAHA. I slightly noticed a kid all gangstered out a few chairs down, he was with a girl and another guy, I wasnt really paying attention. I girlfriend went to the restroom and I was just at the bar people watching. The gang guy came up to me and asked what I was doing and what I was watching, I said just people watching and he went onto say he didnt like the place, the music, the people, blah blah blah. I told him I actually did and was enjoying the night, he seemed kind of offended that I didnt agree. The GF came back and was getting pretty nervous that I was even talking to the guy. He didnt say anything out of line, but there was an oddly tense vibe coming from him, kinda like he was checking us out. We were dressed pretty nicely, I was wearing a nice watch and I think he was looking for an easy mark. My GF gave me quite the lecture on the way home about even talking to him and how stupid a thing that was to even do. I didnt see it as a big deal at the time, but I guess it was pretty odd. We left shortly after that. In summary, we enjoyed out trip, they have a nice selection of craft beer at the center bar and prices are about what would be expected. I didnt try any table games, but would like to in the future. This trip I just enjoyed a few drinks and showing the GF a little about gambling before our Feb. Vegas trip. Hopefully a buffet coupon will be heading our way and I can check out the food which I have been told by friends is really good.