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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.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
A fight broke out inside Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino on the first weekend after its grand opening. A video of the incident shows security guards wearing yellow shirts rushing to break up the fight, which occurred in the line for Pie-Zetta, a pizza restaurant, around 3 a.m. Saturday. "Basically, somebody said something ... to one person and they took it the wrong way," said Kevin Forrest, who witnessed the fight. He said a woman sprayed mace before about 20 security guards stopped the fight and escorted people out of the casino.
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NEWS
July 9, 2013
The Sun's recent headlines about rising gambling revenues neglect to note the fact that the companies' profits, or course, represent money lost by the players ("Casino take soars in June," July 6). Add this to the increases in the gasoline tax and bridge and highway tolls, and one would think that the state of Maryland and Baltimore would have no more need of additional taxes. Dream on. What if it doesn't rain? No runoff taxes. What happens if we drink less water? Headline: "Water tax collection drops - people breaking into fire hydrants.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Bythella V. Johnson lost so much — about $3,000 — on slot machines during a recent trip to Atlantic City with her husband, Gary, to celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary that he threatened to cut the trip short if she didn't ease up. The slots are closer than ever now for Johnson, who has pursued the big hit from Las Vegas to Maryland Live, even on the mock slots at Bingo World in Glen Burnie. You'd figure she'd be thrilled about Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and its 2,500 machines opening even closer to her Pikesville home, but she says she's not. "I don't care if they open up," said Johnson, who has won a few jackpots in her time.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | 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.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
As spending on Maryland's gambling expansion nears the $50 million mark, The Sun is introducing a new feature to its Maryland Politics page: the Casino Spend-o-Meter. The interactive graphic will allow devotees of Maryland political excess to track at a glance the amount of money being shoveled out the door by the ballot committees on either side of Question 7, which would allow a new Prince George's County casino and permit table games there and at other Maryland casinos. The referendum pits two casino-backed groups against each other: FOR Maryland Jobs and Schools vs. Get the Facts: Vote No on 7. The "for" side is financed mostly by MGM Resorts International, the prospective operator of a "destination resort" casino at National Harbor.
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by Annie Linskey | July 20, 2012
On Wednesday, Gov. Martin O'Malley said it was his "hope" to share a draft casino expansion bill with the Baltimore city House delegation by today. It appears those hopes have been dashed. O'Malley spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said putting the bill together is proving "complicated" and a draft would not be released after all. She did not give a new date. She also downplayed rumors that a date for the special session has been determined. "First we need a bill, then we can set a date," Guillory said.
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by Annie Linskey | September 11, 2012
Developer Milt Peterson will put $400,000 into an effort to expand gambling in Maryland, the first non-casino interest to write a check. Peterson hopes to partner with gambling giant MGM Resorts International to build a resort-casino on the Potomac River. But first Maryland voters need to approve a referendum question in November that would authorize a sixth casino and table games all gambling locations. "We believe Peterson's investment in Vote for 7 is particularly important given their first hand experience with the job growth and economic development that a project of this magnitude can bring to the region," said Kristin Hawn, a spokeswoman for Vote for 7, a committee supporting more gambling in the state.  MGM has already put $5.4 million behind and effort to convince Marylanders to vote yes. Penn National Gaming is funding an effort to oppose the ballot measure.
NEWS
February 22, 2012
 Sen. Anthony Muse, who represents the district that includes National Harbor, testified in a Senate hearing Wednesday against Prince George's ExecutiveRushern L. Baker III's plan to locate a high-end casino there. Muse said he objected to the way Baker excluded him and other local representatives from consultation over the county's choice -- calling it a breach of legislative courtesy. He asked senators to delay any decision -- which could push a required referendum into 2014.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Looks like Baltimore's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community could have a big, flashy, deep-pocketed new ally in town in Horseshoe Casino on Russell Street, which opened Tuesday. These days it's not uncommon for major corporations to tout their support for the LGBT community, but not all are as effusive in that support as Horseshoe's parent company, Caesars Entertainment. If you scroll to the bottom of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore's website, there is a list of 13 links for business and corporate information about the casino's slots and table games, hotels and local "things to do," and investor relations.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector and Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Opening night at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore went off without a major hitch despite larger-than-expected crowds, long lines and some early jitters, casino and city officials said Wednesday. About 15,000 people visited the casino Tuesday night, said general manager Chad Barnhill. Officials had only expected about 10,000, and lines stretched around the building from well before the casino's 9 p.m. opening until well after. "I think it's pent-up demand," Barnhill said. "We had everybody in the doors shortly after midnight.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Nothing says "Surprise!" like an Australian rapper with three Top 10 songs currently on the Billboard Hot 100. Last night, Iggy Azalea - the 24-year-old pop-rap artist responsible for the inescapable hit "Fancy" - performed a surprise five-song set at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore's three-level bar, 14Forty, to celebrate the casino's opening.  She was not the only surprise. Gladys Knight took the stage for a 45-minute set as the doors opened at 9 p.m., and Pauly D, of "Jersey Shore" fame, DJ'd a 90-minute set as well.  Noah Hirsch, vice president of marketing for the Horseshoe, said it took a "good group of team members" to keep the surprises a secret.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Even on a normal night, casinos can assault the senses with glitz, flashing lights, showgirls, cocktails, high rollers, fancy food and blaring music. So it follows that the long-awaited opening night of the $442 million Horseshoe Casino Baltimore would include all of those things - but magnified tenfold. As gamblers and curiosity-seekers lined up to enter the building Tuesday night for the first time, VIPs were treated to a performance by a vertical dance troupe - men and women suspended from cables dancing and spinning up and down a high outside wall.
NEWS
August 26, 2014
Tonight, Baltimore becomes a casino town. With the opening of the $442 million Horseshoe Casino Baltimore on Russell Street, the city enters an era of legalized slots, table games and poker that seemed impossible just a dozen years ago. Back then, people were busy drawing lines - first no slots at racetracks; then maybe, but no table games; then state-regulated slots at five locations and then six, along with everything else. Voters got their say, both on the matter of expanded gambling and then the location of the state's largest casino, Maryland Live, at Arundel Mills.
BUSINESS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
In the casino industry, they are known as "whales. " At Maryland Live, they are plied with personal parties, guaranteed seating at concerts, free tickets to sporting events and even quarterly car detailing. Helena Wong, a former VIP host at the Hanover casino, specialized in catering to those high rollers. So when her former employer suspected she had copied a list of its 1,000 best customers before taking at job a dozen miles away at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, Maryland Live sued.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2012
Gwyn Eppard of Baltimore said the tip-off that something was fishy came when the woman caller purporting to represent the campaign of Del. Sandy Rosenberg didn't know the lawmaker's party but launched into a pitch for a casino in Prince George's County. "That made me kind of suspicious," she said.  Rosenberg, a Northwest Baltimore Democrat, said the call did not come from his campaign. "I certainly did not authorize anybody to call on my behalf," he said. "I certainly don't pay money to solicitors to pay people.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2012
Two groups are formally objecting to the casino license awarded to a Caesars Entertainment affiliate for a planned Baltimore casino. They argue in part that bids were solicited for a basic slots parlor, and bids for the project should be reopened now that the General Assembly has authorized table games such as poker and blackjack. Baltimore-based Harborwest Partners LLC, which did not bid on the slots-only parlor, and the Canadian-led Baltimore City Entertainment Group, whose application for the casino was rejected in 2009, filed appeals with the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals to the contract awarded to Caesars last month.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Following two days of controlled demonstrations, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore won state regulators' approval Monday as to open as scheduled Tuesday night. The $442 million development near M&T Bank Stadium becomes Maryland's fifth casino to receive an operating license. MGM Resorts expects to open the sixth at National Harbor in Prince George's County in two years The Horseshoe's license was signed by Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency Director Stephen Martino. Thousands of customers, including local politicians and celebrities, are expected at Tuesday night's opening.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Baltimore's first casino could have risen more than a dozen years ago on the faded industrial stretch that is now posh Harbor East. Or more controversially, slot machines could have made their city debut in the family-oriented Inner Harbor or at Pimlico Race Course , in the middle of an economically depressed neighborhood. Instead, the city's long and at times fraught path toward slots and table games brought it to Russell Street south of the stadiums, where on Tuesday night the $442 million Horseshoe Casino opens to the public - and begins seeking its niche in an increasingly saturated market of gambling options.
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