MTR Gaming Group Inc. said Wednesday that it received a license to operate slots-like gambling machines at Scioto Downs horse racetrack in Ohio.
MTR Gaming said that it also submitted an initial $10 million license fee. Construction of a new facility began in December at the track near Columbus, with plans for a mid-2012 opening and 2,125 of the devices, called video lottery terminals.
Chester, W.Va.-based MTR Gaming anticipates the facility will add 800 jobs in the central Ohio community.
Plans for the expansion of terminals at Ohio's seven horse tracks were made last year when Gov. John Kasich entered a deal with MTR and the other operators of four separate casinos planned in the state.
Opponents criticized him as making an end-run around voters.