Cordish bids on casino license in Massachusetts

Bid follows request for license in Pennsylvania

January 15, 2013|By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun

The Cordish Cos., which developed and runs Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills mall, applied Tuesday for a gambling license in Massachusetts, the company said in a statement.

PPE Casino Resorts MA LLC, a company affiliated with Cordish's principals, is "still evaluating several excellent sites" in Massachusetts and has yet to determine whether it wants a license for a slots-only casino or a resort venue with table games, the statement said.

"We are very enthusiastic about the Massachusetts market," said Joe Weinberg, a Cordish executive, in the statement.

Ten other groups — including MGM International, Wynn Resorts Ltd. and Penn National Gaming Inc. — submitted applications and the nonrefundable $400,000 application fee, according to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

The state has two resort casino licenses, the first of which is expected to be given out by February 2014, and one slots parlor license, which should be allocated by the end of the year, according to the commission.

In November, a joint venture involving Cordish applied for a license to develop a casino in Philadelphia.

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