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New Ohio casino tests facility with demo day


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The casino set to open Monday in Ohio's capital is testing its operations with an invitation-only demonstration day.

The $400 million Hollywood Casino Columbus says proceeds from Wednesday's games will go to five local nonprofit organizations. Mayor Michael Coleman and actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be on hand for the special gambling night.

The 475,000-square-foot facility owned by Penn National Gaming Inc. boasts about 3,000 slot machines, a poker room and other table games. It also has event spaces and four restaurants.

The casino west of downtown Columbus is expected to draw 3 million visitors a year.

It is the third and largest of four voter-approved casinos in Ohio. Casinos in Cleveland and Toledo opened several months ago, and one in Cincinnati debuts next spring.


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