A first look inside Rohnert Park casino

[caption id="attachment_80953" align="alignnone" width="448"] The casino has about 3,000 slot machines and 144 table games. (image credit: Graton Resort)[/caption]

ROHNERT PARK -- Graton Resort & Casino unveiled the insides of the massive $820 million casino nearing completion.

Greg Sarris, chairman of owner Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, and representatives from the operator, Las Vegas-based Station Casinos, showed Bay Area media on Wednesday the roughly 3,000 slot machines plus four full-service restaurants and scores of other features spread across the 340,000-square-foot structure on the western edge of Rohnert Park.

"It's been a long haul and 10 years in the making," Mr. Sarris said. "I was curious to see what $820 million got you."

"Quality" is what you get for that price, according to Joe Hassan, vice president of operations for Station Casinos.

"This is a building that is not rivaled in Northern California," he told reporters.

The casino is poised to open in just over a month -- Nov. 5. Up to 6,000 visitors are expected on opening day.

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Mr. Sarris also highlighted the hiring figures of the casino, which is expected to employ about 2,000 full-time workers. Throughout construction, about 750 union construction workers were employed.

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