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NORTHFIELD -- Northeast Ohio's third gambling emporium is now officially open.

Hard Rock Rocksino officials and other key players substituted guitar-smashing instead of the usual ribbon-cutting.

Hundreds of people were waiting outside in the cold, both gamblers and Hard Rock souvenir collectors.

About 2,200 visitors pushed their way into the building to play slots and attend a concert by veteran rocker Joan Jett.

Northfield Village will get a big tax boost from the project and almost 800 people got jobs.

Officials decided to open the week before Christmas partly because it is a slow week in the gaming industry and will give the new complex time to work the kinks out.

The $268 million venue will add about 700 jobs to the area.

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