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The Eastern Shore of Maryland has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. But, the new slots facility set to open near Ocean City, could be a way for hundreds of people to get back into the workforce.

The line just to get into the casino's job fair at the Holiday Inn in midtown Ocean City wrapped literally around the building. Cynthia Ramos is one of those who came to vie for one of the few hundred positions that Ocean Downs Casino is trying to fill by its December opening.

"There's lines that are looping around, we had to fill out an application, after that, we had to get back into another line, and then we waited for an interview," Ramos says.

She met Tyrone Swick from Virginia in line--he's been unemployed for months, and is hoping to score a job in food service.

"The interview is like about a minute, if that long..but you stand on line for about three and a half hours...just to get a minute interview," Swick says.

That's because hundreds of people, from recent college graduates to some folks coming out of retirement, are taking a gamble on working in the slots industry.

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