BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In just a few hours from now the Horseshoe Casino will open its doors to the public.

Rochelle Ritchie reports it’s bringing thousands of jobs to Baltimore.

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One of the new hires says she’s waited for this opportunity for a long time after being unemployed for over a year.

Thousands of people will head to the Horseshoe Casino in hopes of making it big—but for some, it’s more about making a living.

“I have two kids. I’ve got to take care of them and it’s a career development for me,” said Jasmine Jennings.

Jasmine Jennings spent a year and a half looking for a job. She’s now one of more than 1,200 Baltimore City residents hired at the casino.

“You gotta expect the unexpected and I feel like I did pretty good ’cause I got hired,” Jennings said.

Thousands of people lined up for hours just to get a job inside the Horseshoe Casino and they hired more than 2,400 people. City residents represent 51% of the staff and 76% of those positions are full time.

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“As Baltimore continues to emerge from the great recession, I’m so proud that more than 2,400 Baltimore residents can now hold their heads up high,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The mayor announced the grand opening Tuesday at one of Baltimore’s career centers, which was behind the recruitment process. While the casino promises to bring in millions, the mayor says her first priority was job creation.

“One of the most rewarding things you can do is to make a way for someone to make a way for themselves,” she said.

Jennings starts her shift as a security ambassador Tuesday night. She says the staff is just as excited as the customers.

“I am so excited. I’m so excited to see all the people, the atmosphere and everything,” Jennings said.

The casino had 58 training sessions for all the new hires to get ready for opening night.

The Horseshoe is the only casino in Maryland to include an outdoors slots area.

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