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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -

The main floor of the new casino in Wetumpka is starting to take shape. It's coming together piece by piece.

Brent Pinkston is confident years of research will pay off as the Creeks unveil a new gaming hall, a hall 10 times larger than the original one a few feet away.

"This floor will have 2,500 games," said Pinkston who is the Chief Operating Officer for PCI Gaming based in Atmore, Alabama.

In the center of the hall there will be a big bar anchored by a 16,000 gallon fish tank. Restaurants will be located off to the side.

"This is the largest project we've done since Atmore," said Pinkston.

Outside 800 construction workers busy themselves with scooping up the old parking lot and building the 21 floor hotel.

The casino opens December 17. The hotel opens a month later. The hotel by the way isn't far enough along to peek inside due to safety reasons.

The casino expansion is a $246 million deal. There is little doubt its presence will be felt.

"Anytime you open a facility of this magnitude you help the local economy," said Pinkston.

To what extent is still unclear.

Meantime, the parking deck to the left of the hotel continues to be widened to accommodate future traffic.

The casino takes a giant step forward next week on Wednesday, October 2 when it holds a jobs fair at the Wetumpka Civic Center. The jobs fair will begin at noon and will last until 9pm.

Pinkston says they plan to offer jobs on the spot. The average pay will be around $11 an hour.

"We need people in the food and beverage department to security," said Pinkston.

There are 500 jobs up for grabs, along with the largest expansion by any business in Wetumpka's history.

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