September 16, 2014
Problem gamblers would no longer be able to ban themselves from Maryland casinos for life under a change being considered to a state program designed to protect hundreds of gamblers from themselves. The Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency might remove the lifetime self-ban option because of concerns that it is excessive and redundant, Stephen Martino, the agency's director, said Tuesday. "We're probably going to change the program in the next couple of months," Martino said.
September 9, 2014
Years ago we had 3-digit and 4-digit gambling, and over the years Maryland has offered several ways to gamble. But now we've hit the jackpot - we have casinos ( "Horseshoe says casino drew 50,000 in opening weekend," Sept. 2). Some will spend their last dollar hoping to win big, but it's always the casino that wins. Who benefits from all the gambling we have now? Maryland state government. It can't seem to get enough of our hard-earned money. I dare say there are children going to bed hungry because mom or dad spent their money at the casino.
September 5, 2014
With the newly opened Horseshoe Casino Baltimore chipping in nearly $1 million a day, revenues from Maryland casinos reached a new monthly record in August, topping $80 million for the first time. The Horseshoe, which opened Aug. 26, generated $5.7 million, or more from its slots and table games in its first six days than the $4.2 million reported for the whole month at the significantly smaller Rocky Gap Casino Resort — and nearly as much as the Casino at Ocean Downs' $5.9 million.
September 4, 2014
The sky isn't quite falling yet, but gambling casinos are folding like battered beach chairs in Atlantic City ( "Baltimore's casino reality," Aug. 26) It seems any lingering mention of Atlantic City evolving into an East Coast version of Las Vegas has been carried away in the Atlantic Ocean surf. I can remember 30 years ago when everyone spoke of the new gambling mecca in Atlantic City as the shining star of the Mid-Atlantic region. My, how the supposedly mighty have fallen.
September 3, 2014
You can thank Wolfgang Puck. The era of good casino dining is generally traced back to 1992, when the Los Angeles-based chef opened a version of his famed Hollywood restaurant, Spago, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. From then on, you didn't have to know a flush from a straight to have a good time in Sin City. Within a decade of Spago's opening, Vegas was a paradise for restaurant lovers. Michelin-star chefs like Thomas Keller and Joel Robuchon came to town. Nobu, Le Cirque and other famous New York restaurants opened on the strip.
September 2, 2014
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore says it drew more than 50,000 guests over the three-day Labor Day weekend - its first weekend since attracting about 15,000 to its opening on Aug. 26. The casino said the crowds exceeded expectations. Horseshoe, owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp., benefitted from its location near M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens' stadium hosted the Ohio State-Navy game on Saturday. Attendance was listed as 57,579. "Many of those who attended Saturday's Navy-Ohio State football game at M&T Bank Stadium visited the casino prior to or after the game, generating significant business at the slot machines, table games, bars and restaurants," the casino said in a release.