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Flying "Jai"

By: Bill Pearson
By: Bill Pearson

Work is well underway for the Jai-Alai fronton which was approved by Hamilton County voters last year.

On Tuesday by a margin of nearly two to one, voters put their support behind the addition of a card room that will feature poker and other low stakes card games, which have grown in popularity in recent years.

It's an addition that could mean hundreds of new jobs, both at the fronton and surrounding areas year round.

Bobby Poor of the County Economic Development Office says, "Now the motels and restaurants that have been inquiring will go ahead with their plans and we'll have some new businesses and the spin off businesses will come in as well."

The recently approved card room will be located in the corner of the building, which is still under construction. The facility will also be home to a restaurant located on the right side of the building with the main Jai-Alai gaming area in the back. Company officials say it’s a proud moment not only for the company, but for the entire community as well.

Leonard Dramesi, VP of Richmond Entertainment, says, "I think the approval of the card room is really going to open things up with the fronton, not just for us, but for the most important thing as we see it, employment opportunities for the area."

The Jai-Alai fronton is set to open in July, so the plan right now is to get the card room and all the related employees in place over the next few months.


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