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By Arthur Hirsch and Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Open gambling tables and slot machines were easy to find this week at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, now that the standing-room crowds once common to the high tourist season at the world's most famous boardwalk have found spots closer to home to place their bets. The Trump Plaza's 30-year run is coming to an end, making it one of four casinos here that since January have closed or announced they will close by the fall. That's four of 12 casinos, taking with them nearly 9,000 jobs - roughly a quarter of the city's casino employment.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Users of the Maryland Transit Administration's bus system will be able to track buses in their area via their smartphones and other mobile devices starting this fall, one of many changes announced Monday as part of the agency's multiyear bus improvement plan. Riders will also see updated bus schedules, additional MTA supervisors showing up along bus routes and increased service to certain job centers, such as the rising Horseshoe Casino Baltimore on Russell Street. The changes are part of the agency's Bus Network Improvement Project, which was launched last summer with the goal of improving service using the input of local residents.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Maryland is joining 33 other lotteries in a multistate association that will give players access to new games, including one being introduced in the fall that could award several million-dollar prizes at one time. Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, said that joining the Multi-State Lottery Association, a member-owned nonprofit, will mean that in late October, Marylanders will be able to play a new game called Monopoly Millionaires' Club, which has a top jackpot and also high-value second-tier prizes.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman announced Wednesday that the Video Lottery Facility Local Development Council selected 12 recipients to receive a total of $249,344 in community grants, derived from the Maryland Live Casino gaming tax. The top-funded projects include: • The Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families will receive $40,000 for its Promise Neighborhood Project in Meade Village. • Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation Inc. will receive $25,725 for grief support and education.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The owner of Maryland Live casino — the state's largest and one of the top moneymaking casinos on the East Coast — and Penn National Gaming Inc. jointly applied Monday for a license to develop a $750 million hotel and casino in the Hudson Valley region about 60 miles north of Manhattan. The Cordish Cos., an affiliate of which owns Maryland Live at Arundel Mills in Hanover, and Penn National, a spinoff of which owns Hollywood Casino in Perryville, are in a 50-50 partnership to develop a project they're calling Live!
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The sign is up on the new two-story building on Russell Street and the opening date is set for the evening of Aug. 26 at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which will be Maryland's fifth gambling center, general manager Chad Barnhill announced Thursday. "It's exciting, it's coming up quickly," Barnhill told members of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission. "A lot to do in a short period of time, but it's an exciting time as well. " In the next two months, crews will have to finish installing 2,500 slot machines, more than 100 table games plus 25 tables for the World Series of Poker room, as well as an array of restaurants including a Johnny Sanchez taco restaurant, Asian noodle bar and Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen & Bar. The $442 million project - being developed by a group led by Caesar's Entertainment, based in Las Vegas - is expected to compete for customers with Maryland Live, located about 13 miles south along the I-295 corridor in Arundel Mills.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun and By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore won't open until August, but the woman warrior's face on Sky Rider already glows alluringly on the second floor, offering the chance at "Silver Treasures. " The slot machine stands among a sea of recent arrivals at the Russell Street casino: Lucky Larry's Lobster Mania, A Win for All Seasons, Whales of Cash, Ultimate Sevens, Super Monopoly Money. Many remain wrapped in plastic. Hard-hatted technicians tend to the electronics of others. Some like Sky Rider are fully lit up, their wheels spinning for no one for now. The 2,500 slot machines being installed at Horseshoe incorporate the latest technology and pop-culture themes, ranging from "The Walking Dead" to the retro 1960s-era "Batman" television show.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore's general manager said Tuesday that joint efforts by his company and the city government to recruit local employees for the new gambling center near downtown have paid off, as Baltimore residents have received about half of the 2,200 job offers made so far. It is not clear how many city residents would be hired for the facility's 1,700 to 1,900 full- and part-time jobs because the job offers were made pending background checks...
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
Tens of billions of dollars have been wagered in the state's casinos since the state legalized slot machines and table games - spinning off funds for schools, the horse racing industry and local programs that have financed everything from paving and police to iPads and small business loans. But even with all the money coming to the state - $975 million though the end of May, according to state data - some Marylanders say the bonanza expected from casinos has not materialized. Education advocates note that the money from casinos has mainly supplanted other state funding and has not been the windfall many felt was promised - in the political rhetoric if not in the letter of the law. Statewide casino revenue also falls short of overall projections made before Marylanders voted to approve the slots program and before the recession hit. "Obviously, the revenue coming in is good for the state," said Del. Curt Anderson, a Baltimore City Democrat who opposed legalizing casinos.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
The owners of Maryland Live casino in Arundel Mills have started planning a roughly $200 million hotel and spa, betting on a successful pairing of hospitality and gambling that goes back to the early days of legalized casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. David S. Cordish, chairman and CEO of the Baltimore-based development company whose affiliate owns Maryland Live, said the hotel was part of the original lease with the property owner, and plans are now taking shape. "That will be a Phase Two," Cordish said.
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