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Ohio commission Columbus casino license

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Casino Commission has cleared the way for a new casino to open next month in Columbus.

The commission met Wednesday and approved the operator's license for the $400 million Hollywood Casino Columbus. It's scheduled to open Oct. 8 and is expected to draw 3 million visitors a year.

Also Wednesday, the casino commission approved five local charities that will benefit from invitation-only events that will take place at the casino before its official opening.

Voter-approved casinos have already opened in Cleveland and Toledo. The fourth is scheduled to open in Cincinnati next spring.

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