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Racino Facility to Open in December
WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- Twelve-twelve-twelve, thats when the tri-states newest gambling establishment will open.
Miami Valley Gaming will open its doors on December 12th, at noon.
The facility, just off I-75 in Warren County, near Lebanon, will have 1600 video slot terminals, four restaurants, two bars,and a 5/8 mile harness racing track, which takes the place of Lebanon Raceway a few miles away.
Operators of the $175 million facility say it has employed 1,000 construction workers, and will have more than 500 permanent employees.
Its a a great economic project, said General Manager Jim Simms. Its a huge economic engine for the area.
Owners estimate more than $24 million dollars a year will be pumped into local communities.
While the video gaming portion of the racino opens in December, horse racing is not expected to begin until February, and have an approximately 75 day season. Other than the horses, racinos and casinos differ because racinos in Ohio cannot offer table games nor video poker.
Reporters and photographers toured the facility this morning. Workers were busy putting in finishing touches, getting the restaurant and bar areas ready, along with the glass-enclosed grandstand for racing.
Miami Valley gaming joins a rapidly expanding gambling world in our area. Besides three casinos in Southeast Indiana, there is a casino in downtown Cincinnati, and one in Columbus. Columbus also has a racino, and River Downs in suburban Cincinnati will become one as well. There is also a racino planned for Dayton.
We know its a very competitive market, said Simms, but we are committed to the project. We have not scaled back as some of our competitors have, so were comfortable were bringing the right product at the right time.
Miami Valley Gaming is owned by Delaware North Gaming & Entertainment, and by Churchill Downs, which hosts the annual Kentucky Derby in Louisville.