After more than three months of delays Casino Matrix in San Jose is open.
During the soft opening Tuesday, more than a thousand people poured in to gamble and check out the new card club.
“It feels like Vegas the minute you walk in, with valet parking and big screens everywhere it just feels like Vegas inside” said Vinh Huynh of San Jose.
Casino Matrix has 49 tables offering 15 different kinds of card games with bets ranging from two to two hundred dollars.
Beyond the sports bar, there are big screens and a high tech vibe. The casino also offers a boost to the local economy.
“We hired an additional 303 employees and have a total of 787 well paying jobs and we are still hiring” said casino owner Eric Swallow.
The City also stands to win big. The casino is expected to provide an estimated ten million dollars in gaming revenues for San Jose each year.
The opening of Casino Matrix also means the doors of Garden City Casino on Saratoga will now be closed for good because the city is only allowed to have two card clubs.
While Matrix was ready to open in April, it had to remain closed until now while the city determined whether to issue a card room permit.
The owner says now that the 16-story casino is finally open he believes it will offer a winning hand for the community.