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Preparing for Thursday opening of Miami Valley Gaming
TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Paula Toti) -- The door to the Tri-State's first racino open at noon Thursday. Miami Valley Gaming is a combination of the old Lebanon Raceway, and a slot machine gaming facility.
It's near 1-75 and Route 63 in Warren County's Turtlecreek Township. Local 12's Paula Toti says a soft opening Tuesday night went smoothly and got a thumbs up by the Ohio Gaming Commission.
Wednesday night workers were busy with final touches that included perfecting the seams in the carpets. The sign along the highway says the casino opens at noon, but on opening day operators expect people to be lined up outside much earlier.
Marketing manager Jeff Nelson says a lot of people want to be the first to use a machine.
The racino is open 24 hours, 7 days a week and includes an all day and all night cafe and an upscale steakhouse and buffet. Operators feel the food will be a big draw as well as what they consider to be a "cheers" type of casino.
The racino will have simulcasting on horse and dog racing from around the country as soon as it opens. Harness racing season is February to May.
The next racino that will open in the Tri-State is in May. Belterra Park is going to be the new River Downs in Anderson Township.
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