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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Luk Fu, Maryland Live's new Asian-themed restaurant, is set to open on June 10, a casino spokeswoman said.  Located adjacent to Rams Head Center Stage and overlooking the casino floor, Luk Fu's pan-Asian fare will include dim sum dishes, noodle soups, pan-fried and steamed noodle dishes and entrees like Mongolian beef, Chinese roast duck and kung pao shrimp. Joseph Ku, most recently the executive Asian chef at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., will be the executive chef.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
Zachary Roselle has never gambled in a casino, but by late July he hopes to snag one of the better-paying jobs on the floor of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. "I've been a card game player for a long time," said Roselle, a 22-year-old gas station cashier from Curtis Bay. "My dad always told me if I had to play cards all the time, I might as well get paid for it. " Roselle, one of 400 students in Horseshoe's dealer academy, says running games such as blackjack and roulette would come with other benefits.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Heavy Seas will have its name in lights at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, the casino under construction on Russell Street. On Friday, Horseshoe announced that a Heavy Seas tavern will be among five Maryland-based vendors in its first-floor casual-dining area, which it's calling the Baltimore Marketplace. The casino said the other Baltimore Marketplace vendors would include Lenny's Deli, which has locations in Harborplace, on Lombard Street and in Owings Mills; the Greenspring Station restaurant Tark's Grill , which will be represented at the casino by a casual bistro named Tark's at the 'Shoe; the Towson-based pizza-by-the-slice chain Mamma Ilardo's , which will introduce a new personal-size pizza concept named Pie-Zetta; and the Mallow Bar , a "crispy treat dessert cafe" specializing in homemade marshmallow treats.
NEWS
May 20, 2014
I spilled my coffee and laughed out loud when I read this sentence in David Selig's Preakness commentary ( "Coffee Companion (5/19): Chrome's nose, throwback uniforms and more ," May 19). He wrote: "The casinos that have opened under the administration of Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Brown have aided the horse racing industry by boosting the size of purses. " Some of us remember the five years between 2002 and 2007 when Mr. O'Malley and the dim bulbs in Annapolis fought allowing any casinos to operate in Maryland and said that using gambling money to help the state was "morally bankrupt" because casinos would bring "undesirable people, prostitution and crime.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
After the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore opens later this year, the city needs to figure out how to spend an estimated windfall of at least $15 million a year meant for the neighborhoods around the casino. Officials and community members said they want to find "big, game-changing ideas" that can make the money an engine for economic development in the communities affected by the new gambling facility. "I hope that we are extremely creative and visionary in how we approach these questions and we don't limit ourselves to traditional expenditures," said State Senator Bill Ferguson, who chairs the local development council that will advise the administration on the spending.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Guy Fieri is coming to Baltimore. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore announced on Thursday that the flamboyant tattooed culinary personality will open a restaurant at the casino currently under construction on Russell Street. Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen & Bar will be open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining. The 350-seat restaurant will offer casual foods, including an extensive variety of burgers, wings, small bites and shareable food items.  The restaurant will feature an outdoor patio and dining area.  Click here for video of Fieri talking about Baltimore, and Baltimore's pit beef obsession.
NEWS
By Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Chad Barnhill | May 6, 2014
When Horseshoe Casino Baltimore opens later this year, it will serve as more than just a proud new gateway to downtown Baltimore. The $442-million casino entertainment facility will create 1,700 new jobs downtown - infusing new tax revenue into the community and lowering property taxes for city residents. As the city's largest new employer, Horseshoe Baltimore will offer access to the good-paying jobs and sustainable careers that are essential to achieving this administration's goal of attracting 10,000 new families to Baltimore.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Maryland's four casinos raked in nearly $71.5 million in revenue in April, mostly on the strong performance of Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The Anne Arundel casino, among the largest on the East Coast, pulled in nearly $56.5 million, a more than 21 percent increase over its April 2013 revenue. Revenue fell nearly 9 percent at Hollywood Casino Perryville and the Casino at Ocean Downs. The Hollywood Casino drew in $7.7 million, a decrease of about 8.8 percent, while Ocean Downs brought in about $3.6 million, a decrease of about 8.6 percent.
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