June 29, 2012
A casino is an entertainment business, and slots players are customers who visit to be entertained. Slots and card players know full well that the odds are against them leaving a casino with more dollars than they brought to play with. A slot player's entertainment is in the time spent playing, and that time is directly related to a casino's slot payout percentage. Casino state taxes are an expense that directly impacts operations and customer charges. Casinos in Nevada offer the longest playing slot times by providing customers with a 95 percent slot payout made possible by a 7.75 percent casino tax rate.
March 24, 1994
Maryland is getting hooked on gambling. This state's addiction to games of chance is becoming so ingrained that it's scary. Off-track betting parlors springing up. Lotto machines in over 1,000 locations. Casino gambling throughout Prince George's County. Tip jars in Western Maryland. Slots on the Eastern Shore. And the ubiquitous -- and usually illegal -- electronic poker machines in taverns and food stores.Yet senators and delegates in Annapolis are eager to close their eyes to the possible corruption and misdeeds taking place.
November 11, 2011
Hammerjacks, Baltimore's shrine to big hair, loud dresses and heavy metal, is plotting a comeback. An Anne Arundel County man has bought the trademark to sell Hammerjacks-related merchandise. And, he said he's negotiating with developers for a new branded club near the planned Baltimore slots casino off Russell Street. His plans are the second time a revival of the iconic megaclub has been attempted since it closed in 1997; a 2000 reincarnation failed to win over the original's legions of fans, which included, over the years, the likes of Bret Michaels and the classy lady pictured above. Kevin Butler, a 47-year-old mortgage executive from Anne Arundel County, was a regular at the Howard Street location of Hammerjacks; the club originally opened in 1977 on South Charles Street, but it was the club under an Interstate 395 overpass that became iconic.
June 15, 2011
It is time to recycle this once proud and true Baltimore landmark, Harborplace ("Phillips leaving Harborplace," June11). It has served its purpose well, and with Jim Rouse's and Mayor Schaefer' vision took a once languishing passing through town and made it a destination city, attracting in some years even more people than Disney World. Now our great city is again on the decline, it is aging, and but for the Grand Prix, it is boring. So it is time once again to leverage our unique harbor assets to bring Baltimore out of the desert to soar once again.
May 13, 2010
More than 1,500 people came to the Perryville Outlet Center to apply for jobs at the Hollywood Casino Perryville Thursday, according to a spokesman. The Cecil Co. casino, one of the first gaming facilities scheduled to open in Maryland after slots were approved, is expected to open in late fall. About 350 people are expected to be hired in positions such as gaming, food and beverage, security and accounting as well as human resources. Hollywood representatives met with candidates during the job fair to offer more information about available positions.
October 2, 2012
The Washington Redskins football team endorsed a yes vote in the ultra-expensive gambling expansion referendum heading for the Maryland ballot this fall, contending the measure will bring thousands of jobs to Prince George's County. The NFL team, which trains in Northern Virginia but plays its home games in Prince George's, said it was joining a coalition of businesses that support Question 7, which would permit a casino in the county and allow table games at Maryland's current and planned slots parlors.