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First look inside the Austintown racino

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Local media and elected officials are given a first look inside the Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Racino as the facility gets closer to it's grand opening this fall.

The casino and race track complex is still very much an active construction site. One of the first stops on the tour is the main gaming floor, which covers 25-thousand square feet.

 "Players services cashier cages they are combined departments here with the electronics and technology we incorporated in our operations. We don't need separate departments any more" said Mike Galle the Vice President & General Manager.

The state of the art technology includes an electronic system that connects every bar in the building.

 "It doesn't matter what drink it is they have to push one button then the drink is poured. At the time they service it, it rings right into our micro system, our point of sale system and it also goes into our surveillance system" said Galle.

The video slot machines, or VLT'S, are ready for installation. The racino will open with 850 machines and a capacity for up to 1500.

 "If the demand is higher that we anticipated we can expand rapidly" explains Galle.

The track grandstand will feature 1,000 glass enclosed seats with a full view of the mile long track.

"With all the trees and foliage in the fall and spring time it's going to be a beautiful backdrop to our track."

Galle says after holding two job fairs they are very pleased with their hiring to date.

"For our supervisory and above team members we're about 50-60% complete. For our hourly team members we're about 35-40% complete"

The casino is set for a grand opening in the early fall. Opening day for horse racing will be November 24th.

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