Ocean Downs, state's second slots parlor, on track to open Tuesday

December 31, 2010|By Baltimore Sun Staff

Maryland's second gambling facility is set to open next week.

Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino signed a slots license late Thursday for the Casino at Ocean Downs, ensuring that the state's second gambling facility will open Tuesday. The license was granted after the Eastern Shore casino near Ocean City conducted a successful trial run of its 750-machine facility Wednesday.

The Casino at Ocean Downs near Ocean City will open to the public at 1 p.m. Tuesday and will join the Hollywood Casino Perryville in generating more slots revenue for the state.

Nearly 1,000 guests gambled on hundreds of slot machines at a new casino on the Eastern Shore during a trial run Wednesday. The dress rehearsal at the Worcester County casino, next to the Ocean Downs harness racetrack, was required by the Maryland Lottery to ensure that the facility's security and betting systems, internal controls for handling money and 750 slot machines were working properly.

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