Miami Valley Gaming set to open $175 million racino in December

LEBANON, Ohio - Ohio's newest gambling establishment plans to partially open in less than two months.

The $175 million Miami Valley Gaming racino near I-75 and Route 63 will eventually combine slot machine gaming with live horse racing.

Officials took 9 On Your Side on a tour of the new 188,000 square-foot racino Tuesday.

"We've got our crew working very diligently to get this beautiful facility completed," GM and President Jim Simms said. "We're proud to be a part of this community."

More than 1,000 workers are plastering, wiring and installing gaming machines in the newest monument to gambling in Ohio.

When it opens Dec. 12, guests will find 1,600 gaming machines waiting for them. Their name - video lottery terminals - refers to how winning numbers are randomly generated. It has nothing to do with Ohio's conventional scratch-off lottery.

"Video lottery gaming is our key product. It's the key product line for any casino model," Simms said.

The complex will provide more than 500 jobs and generate some $20 million in taxes and donations.

Restaurants include "Cin City," serving steak and seafood, "Trifecta Eatery" with pizza, burgers and chili, a coffee shop called MV Perks, and Acres Seasonal Buffet with food from local vendors.

While  the racino opens in December, don't expect to bet on live ponies for a few more months.

"We're hoping to get racing started up in mid-February at this point," Simms said.

When that happens, racing fans from the old Lebanon Raceway will find themselves on new turf.



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