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By BILL ORDINE | May 16, 2006
Before the expression "all in" became a cultural cliche and before poker stars like Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Doyle Brunson became more recognizable than say, most major league baseball players, there was a time when another card game was king in the casinos. The game was blackjack and it had its own aura of romance and intrigue with so-called card counters, skilled card sharks who had a mathematical edge over the house, playing David to the casino's Goliath. However, when poker made the leap to television and created a whole new class of pop culture celebrities, blackjack was left far behind.
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May 7, 2013
In November, voters approved a major expansion of Maryland's gambling program on the promise that allowing table games and eventually building a sixth casino would ensure that the gambling dollars state residents spend would go toward funding education here and not in states like West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. This week, we got the first preliminary snapshot of how that bargain is working out, and it should give us some pause. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission reported its first set of figures since the Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County added table games.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
Many were off work because of a snowstorm that never came, so they went to Hollywood Casino, tucked off Interstate 95, in search of games they thought they'd never see here: blackjack, roulette, craps and poker. For the first time Wednesday and about four months after voters approved it, Marylanders played table games without leaving the state. About 35 people were waiting when Hollywood sent out a small team of dealers to begin table play about 2 p.m., immediately after the Penn National-owned casino in Cecil County received permission from the state.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
Many were off work because of a snowstorm that never came, so they went to Hollywood Casino, tucked off Interstate 95, in search of games they thought they'd never see here: blackjack, roulette, craps and poker. For the first time Wednesday and about four months after voters approved it, Marylanders played table games without leaving the state. About 35 people were waiting when Hollywood sent out a small team of dealers to begin table play about 2 p.m., immediately after the Penn National-owned casino in Cecil County received permission from the state.
SPORTS
October 27, 2005
"My blackjack playing has been bad. I figure by not playing there, I probably saved myself $50,000." Mark Calcavecchia On skipping the PGA Tour event in Las Vegas for the first time in 10 years "The problem is that his past mind-set - that is, that almost any play can be salvaged by his physicality - does not compute in the present. He has to somehow find a way to quell the instinct to try to be a hero on every play - because his body won't let him be a hero on every play." Rich Hofmann Philadelphia Daily News, on Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb
NEWS
By Julie Klavens and Julie Klavens,Sun Staff | June 24, 2001
Linens and toasters and chairs -- oh my! The wedding season is upon us and, with it, the bridal registries' siren songs promising magnificent housewares. But for the couples who are heading in a slightly different direction -- a no-nonsense jaunt to the justice of the peace, a mystical ceremony deep in the woods, or vows exchanged between hands of blackjack in Vegas -- here are a few gift ideas off the bridal path. Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Mary Corey, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519.
BUSINESS
By Eric Benderoff and Eric Benderoff,Chicago Tribune | November 16, 2006
Mobile phone carriers are hoping for a smart Christmas. Having become an invaluable service for the road warrior, the nation's wireless carriers are now targeting everyday phone users with a blizzard of devices that send e-mail, surf the Web and play music. Cingular Wireless will introduce today its new BlackJack smart phone, one of several new models that integrate a host of multimedia functions. All the major carriers offer numerous smart phones, which they are betting will be big winners this holiday season.
NEWS
By MIKE ROYKO | April 23, 1993
Douglas Dobmeyer is a sensitive, compassionate man. That's why he devotes himself to the cause of the downtrodden by being executive director of the Public Welfare Coalition.Recently, his sensitivity was offended when he looked through a train window as it passed through Joliet, Ill.He saw the parking lot of a riverboat casino, and it was filled with cars.The sight prompted him to write to a newspaper: "I suppose the [casino] owners were ecstatic, but what about the rest of us?"There is something perverse about people crowding a riverboat to gamble in the morning when they could be doing something more productive with their money and time.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2001
PLACE YOUR bets. That's the new rallying cry in Annapolis - at least for the State House lobbying corps who see a potentially huge payoff coming in the next few years. We're talking, of course, about casino-style gambling. Back in the mid-1990s, when it looked as if Maryland might take the plunge into the world of blackjack and slot machines, casino companies hired just about every big-name lobbyist in the capital. The companies even attempted to carve up the state. One company sent a representative to Cumberland while others sent troops to Cambridge, Cecil County and downtown Baltimore.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | May 22, 1997
OXON HILL -- On the last day of gambling at the Marlboro Volunteer Fire Department's casino yesterday, there were no speeches or warm memories.Rather, it was a Wednesday like any other -- a last chance for hundreds to gamble the day away in an antiseptic Knights of Columbus hall with none of the ambience and all of the risk of an Atlantic City casino.One by one, the 14 charitable casino operations in Prince George's County are folding up their green-felt tables and closing their doors. By midnight Sunday, under state law, all the games must stop.
BUSINESS
By Eric Benderoff and Eric Benderoff,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | June 26, 2008
Terri Rossman considers herself a visual learner. So when the 52-year-old marketing professional wanted to learn a new knitting stitch, she turned to the Web. "I searched for 'knit bobble stitch' on Google and I found a video of someone doing it," said Rossman, who lives in the Detroit area. "It was perfect for me." The Web has become the place where people go to learn new tricks. Traffic to sites like eHow.com and WikiHow.com have doubled over the past year, according to figures from ComScore Networks, while startups such as Howcast.
SPORTS
By BILL ORDINE | December 29, 2007
Say what you will about Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter - and there's not much good we in Baltimore would generally have to say about him - but one of Las Vegas' most feisty blackjack players does kind of get to the point. When Bill Parcells showed up at Dolphins practice Thursday, Porter observed that players moved a little "faster" and coaches coached a little "louder." In other words, everyone's job is in jeopardy in Miami. The chances that first-year coach Cam Cameron and general manager Randy Mueller will be retained appear to be next to zero.
BUSINESS
By Eric Benderoff and Eric Benderoff,Chicago Tribune | November 16, 2006
Mobile phone carriers are hoping for a smart Christmas. Having become an invaluable service for the road warrior, the nation's wireless carriers are now targeting everyday phone users with a blizzard of devices that send e-mail, surf the Web and play music. Cingular Wireless will introduce today its new BlackJack smart phone, one of several new models that integrate a host of multimedia functions. All the major carriers offer numerous smart phones, which they are betting will be big winners this holiday season.
SPORTS
By BILL ORDINE | May 16, 2006
Before the expression "all in" became a cultural cliche and before poker stars like Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Doyle Brunson became more recognizable than say, most major league baseball players, there was a time when another card game was king in the casinos. The game was blackjack and it had its own aura of romance and intrigue with so-called card counters, skilled card sharks who had a mathematical edge over the house, playing David to the casino's Goliath. However, when poker made the leap to television and created a whole new class of pop culture celebrities, blackjack was left far behind.
SPORTS
October 27, 2005
"My blackjack playing has been bad. I figure by not playing there, I probably saved myself $50,000." Mark Calcavecchia On skipping the PGA Tour event in Las Vegas for the first time in 10 years "The problem is that his past mind-set - that is, that almost any play can be salvaged by his physicality - does not compute in the present. He has to somehow find a way to quell the instinct to try to be a hero on every play - because his body won't let him be a hero on every play." Rich Hofmann Philadelphia Daily News, on Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb
FEATURES
By Ron Dicker and Ron Dicker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 21, 2002
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Ben Affleck, a recent graduate of rehab, doesn't care what you think anymore. "Mostly I feel pretty happy with the road I'm on now," he said in an interview to promote The Sum of All Fears, opening May 31. "I don't worry so much about the things that don't matter, about making everybody happy and hoping everybody will love everything I do. It doesn't work that way." Funny how self-acceptance can parallel a recent critical success. The reviled, revenue-gushing Pearl Harbor made him an easier target than a tin can on a fence.
SPORTS
By BILL ORDINE | December 29, 2007
Say what you will about Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter - and there's not much good we in Baltimore would generally have to say about him - but one of Las Vegas' most feisty blackjack players does kind of get to the point. When Bill Parcells showed up at Dolphins practice Thursday, Porter observed that players moved a little "faster" and coaches coached a little "louder." In other words, everyone's job is in jeopardy in Miami. The chances that first-year coach Cam Cameron and general manager Randy Mueller will be retained appear to be next to zero.
FEATURES
By Ron Dicker and Ron Dicker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 21, 2002
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Ben Affleck, a recent graduate of rehab, doesn't care what you think anymore. "Mostly I feel pretty happy with the road I'm on now," he said in an interview to promote The Sum of All Fears, opening May 31. "I don't worry so much about the things that don't matter, about making everybody happy and hoping everybody will love everything I do. It doesn't work that way." Funny how self-acceptance can parallel a recent critical success. The reviled, revenue-gushing Pearl Harbor made him an easier target than a tin can on a fence.
NEWS
By Julie Klavens and Julie Klavens,Sun Staff | June 24, 2001
Linens and toasters and chairs -- oh my! The wedding season is upon us and, with it, the bridal registries' siren songs promising magnificent housewares. But for the couples who are heading in a slightly different direction -- a no-nonsense jaunt to the justice of the peace, a mystical ceremony deep in the woods, or vows exchanged between hands of blackjack in Vegas -- here are a few gift ideas off the bridal path. Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Mary Corey, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519.
NEWS
By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2001
PLACE YOUR bets. That's the new rallying cry in Annapolis - at least for the State House lobbying corps who see a potentially huge payoff coming in the next few years. We're talking, of course, about casino-style gambling. Back in the mid-1990s, when it looked as if Maryland might take the plunge into the world of blackjack and slot machines, casino companies hired just about every big-name lobbyist in the capital. The companies even attempted to carve up the state. One company sent a representative to Cumberland while others sent troops to Cambridge, Cecil County and downtown Baltimore.
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