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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Less than a week before state officials are expected to award a casino license in Prince George's County, one of the three bidders is calling the state's research "flat-out wrong. " Greenwood Racing, which wants to build a Parx casino on Route 210 in Fort Washington, has asked the state's special site selection committee to delay a decision currently scheduled for Friday. The company wants more time to challenge findings that a rival bid would be more lucrative for the state. Two weeks ago, consultants to the state concluded that a proposal from MGM Resorts International to build a casino at National Harbor would bring in more revenue than Greenwood's proposal or that of Penn National Gaming, which wants to build a Hollywood casino at nearby Rosecroft Raceway.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Members of a state casino site selection commission reviewed final details Thursday of three competing proposals for a casino in Prince George's County - including one that sweetened its offer since the commission met last week. Greenwood Racing, which wants to build Parx casino on Route 210 in Fort Washington, said this week it will pay an additional $100 million, on top of $100 million already pledged, toward highway improvements near its casino site. Greenwood is competing against proposals for a Hollywood Casino by Penn National Gaming at nearby Rosecroft Raceway and an MGM Resorts International casino at National Harbor.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
A casino at National Harbor would bring in more revenue and tax dollars than two other sites vying for the state's sole casino in Prince George's County, according to consultants who presented data to state gambling officials in Annapolis on Friday. A group of six consultant firms, hired by the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission to evaluate the casino proposals, said the MGM Resorts International resort and casino proposed for National Harbor would bring in annual gambling revenue of $713 million to $719 million.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
Revenue surged at Maryland's casinos in November as they collectively pulled in $66.8 million, largely on the strength of a more than 50 percent increase year-over-year at Maryland Live Casino, the state said Thursday. The Hanover complex's gain was by far the largest in the state, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Maryland Live did $53 million in business last month, up about 56 percent over the year. It has 4,328 slot machines and 174 table games. The Casino at Ocean Downs on the Eastern Shore - the only Maryland casino without table games - saw the smallest bump, gaining 4.6 percent over the year.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2013
The three players bidding to build a new casino in Prince George's County have shown their hands, and the state will pick a winner by the end of December. The stakes are high as the state prepares to hold a series of meetings beginning this week and culminating Dec. 20 to choose who gets to operate the state's closest casino to Washington. All three pitched casino resorts costing hundreds of millions of dollars to be built near where Interstate 95 crosses into Maryland. The decision will be made by a special casino site-selection body, known as the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, based on what it deems best for the state.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
The new Horseshoe Baltimore casino, slated to open next year, could begin to swipe more than one-fifth of Maryland Live's revenues as early as the 2016 fiscal year. The Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County would take the second-largest revenue hit, around 19 percent, from the casino on Russell Street near M&T Bank Stadium, according to two studies commissioned by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency to gauge the casino's potential impact. Littleton, Colo.-based Custom Consulting LLC and Arlington, Mass.-based Cummings Associates found that the state's two other casinos in Allegany and Worcester counties would see only a slight impact.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
Developers of a revived Hammerjacks laid out their plans for a concert venue near M&T Bank Stadium Tuesday night at a community meeting in Pigtown as they court community support. The new Hammerjacks would be located in the 600 block of W. West St. in what is now parking lot N for Ravens games. The plans call for a 50,000-square-foot, two-story building with a capacity of 2,500 people and a parking garage with 350 spaces, and the developers said it will complement the new Horseshoe casino.
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November 10, 2013
The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27 recently testified in favor of Penn National Gaming's proposal to put the Prince George's County casino license at Rosecroft Raceway ( "Penn National raises stakes in fight for P.G. Co. casino license," Oct. 21). There is one reason that stands above the rest as to why we did this: Penn has been a good employer and good partner at Rosecroft and at Hollywood Casino at Perryville where we represent workers. They've honored the agreements they made with us and the workers we represent.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
Revenue from Maryland's four casinos totaled nearly $66.4 million last month, up $1.04 million in September, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported Tuesday. As usual, the bulk of the revenue was generated by Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County. Maryland Live last month pulled in $51.8 million - a 69 percent increase from a year earlier - from its 4,341 slot machines and 174 table games. For the fourth month in a row, Hollywood Casino Perryville's revenue increased over the year before.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Around the clock, teams watch surveillance footage from more than 1,000 cameras covering nearly every inch of the 2 million-square-foot Maryland Live casino, which includes restaurants, a music venue and a 5,000-space parking garage. Two hundred security officers keep watch over gamblers and escort big winners to their cars. Off-duty police boost security, especially on the busiest days when more than 40,000 people pass through the casino's doors. And local police officers patrol the area around the casino, keeping in radio contact with casino security.
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