SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Harrah’s Northern California Casino is set to open in less than two weeks. Final preparations are underway and more than half of the 500 job vacancies have been filled, according to Assistant General Manager Lisa Yahrling.

“We’re ramping up training right now. We’ve on-boarded a lot of people, more than half of the people are ready to go,” Yahrling said.

The 71,000 square foot casino will have 950 slot machines, 20 game tables, three fast-food destinations, a sit-down restaurant, and a coffee bar.

“We have a patio outside where you can sit out and have a glass of wine and a nice meal and then come in and play a little slot and a little table and just have a good time,” said Yahrling.

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Computer Engineer Marty Roeben was laid off three years ago and had been struggling to find a job locally. A month ago, he was hired to handle the slot machines software systems.

“I had just been trying to find anything in computers and not wanting to go to the Bay Area, live out here and commute,” Roeben told ABC10.

He feels the local economy will also reap the benefits.

“This place will bring visitors to our community and spend money in the communities around in the area. It’s also going to bring more attention. It will bring more traffic, but that’s going to happen anywhere, wear and tear on the roads, but we could always use the roads to be better anyway,” said Roeben.

Harrah’s Northern California Casino is set to open on April 29.

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