Miami Valley Gaming opens $175 million racino in Turtlecreek Twp.

TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The Tri-State's newest gambling establishment opened Thursday.

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

The racino is a partnership between Churchill Downs and Delaware North companies.

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

Guests will find 1,600 gaming machines waiting for them at the new facility. Their name -- video lottery terminals -- refers to how winning numbers are randomly generated.

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

"We are very proud of this project we had over a thousand construction workers on this we've got over 500 employees that all have worked very hard for this day and we're ready to go,” said Jeff Nelson, the Senior Director of Market at Miami Valley Gaming.

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 Thursday, don't expect to bet on live ponies for a few more months.

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