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CLEVELAND -- The countdown is on for the official opening of Ohio's first casino.

On Tuesday, Fox 8 got a peek inside the old Higbee Building to see how the Horseshoe Casino is taking shape.

Inside, the carpeting is down, the light fixtures are ready and the slot bases are set.

"Everything is cleared out and we are ready to accept delivery of slot machines, the gaming equipment, as soon as we get approval from the Gaming Commission which we hope is sometime next week," said Jeff Cohen, Principal of Rock Gaming, LLC.

In all, there will be more than 2,000 slots, 65 tables and a World Series of Poker room, all taking over four floors of Las Vegas-style gaming.

The old Higbee Building has been transformed... sort-of.

"We were extremely careful to make sure we maintained the architectural and historic of the facility itself. If you look around, everything from the art deco woodwork on the columns to the columns itself have been preserved," added Cohen.

According to Rock Gaming, parking downtown was initially a concern but now they're  confident people will find a place to park.

They are also hoping that more people take the RTA and public transportation.

They also said there are future plans to put a pedestrian walkway between the casino's parking garage and the casino, however, they are still working on logistics.

While the casino is taking shape, so is the food selection.

Michael Symon is opening a B-Spot in the food court.

Corkie & Lenny's will be there, too.

There will also be a big buffet that seats 400 people.

"We have 1,600 team members, with 90% of them from the Cleveland area. They are eager to be a part of this," said Marcus Glover, General Manager of the Horseshoe Casino.

Rock Ohio Caesars said the casino is right on schedule to open the week of May 14.

"We are using the City of Cleveland as an anchor. We'll say, 'Come to Cleveland, go to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Come to Cleveland, go watch Memphis at Playhouse Square. Come and watch your favorite team play, the Cavaliers, Browns, or the Indians. And oh, by the way, while you are here, we have a casino!'" said Glover.

The casino is planning another hiring event for culinary positions in March.

Rock Ohio Caesars estimates 5,000,000 people will visit the downtown casino each year.

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