New Columbus casino, 3rd in Ohio, offers preview

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Developers are ready to provide a peek at the new Hollywood Casino Columbus, which will offer gambling in the state capital as the third and largest of four casinos approved by voters.

The $400 million project is scheduled to open in early October. Organizers say the carpet is installed in some areas and a few of the 3,000 slot machines are in place, but other areas are still largely under construction.

They have started hiring about 2,000 employees for the 475,000-square-foot facility, which includes several restaurants and spaces for hosting events. It will offer 70 games, including 30 live poker tables, blackjack and roulette.

Developers estimate the casino will draw 3 million visitors a year.

Casinos already have opened in Cleveland and Toledo. The fourth is being built in Cincinnati and is scheduled to open in spring 2013.

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