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January 12, 2011
Is it fair to lower the costs of establishing a casino at Rocky Gap and continue the outrageous fees charged to those operators who already went out on a limb to get something going in Maryland ( "Slots panel wants to make Rocky Gap more attractive," Jan. 12)? I don't think so, but it confirms the lack of business experience of the politicians and governor of Maryland. F. Cordell, Lutherville
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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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NEWS
November 18, 2010
In response to The Sun's editorial on Western Maryland slots ( "Don't give up on Rocky Gap," Nov. 14): The better approach is to forget the site. There is a message when, for the second time, there was not a single submission. The site was a poor selection from the start. Rocky Gap is not a resort. It is one of Maryland's premier campgrounds, which my family and I love. My former fellow delegate, Casper R. Taylor Jr., as a representative of Allegheny County and as speaker of the House, used his political muscle to have a lodge and golf course placed on parkland.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | February 25, 2014
The Rocky Gap Casino Resort said Tuesday it will add 150 new parking spaces, less than a year after its 550 slot machines and 10 table games started operations. The Rocky Gap casino, which is supposed to boost tourism in the western part of the state, is the state's fourth and smallest casino. It opened in May and in January announced a new location of the Bonkerz Comedy Club. Construction, including the expansion of the facility's fitness center, Pro Shop, and a restaurant kitchen, will start this spring, the resort said in a release.
NEWS
June 20, 2012
Rarely has a real estate closing felt so overdue. With a unanimous 3-0 vote, the state Board of Public Works on Wednesday agreed to sell the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort to Evitts Resort LLC, taking one of Maryland's most star-crossed government-backed developments of all time off the hands of state taxpayers. Evitts officials in attendance seemed almost shocked by the palpable sense of relief that pervaded the State House. If it's any comfort to the new owners, they're getting a great deal.
NEWS
June 12, 2013
Henceforth, let there by a rule that nothing can be compared to Maryland's failed investment at Rocky Gap, located just outside Cumberland in Western Maryland, except for Rocky Gap and perhaps any other $55 million white elephant loss that comes along. We know Rocky Gap. Rocky Gap is an acquaintance of ours. Sorry, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay resort in Cambridge, but you're no Rocky Gap. Incidentally, let us insert a reminder here. Even the infamous Rocky Gap hotel and conference center isn't Rocky Gap anymore.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
Comptroller Peter Franchot used the occasion Wednesday of his first vote on the Board of Public Works in favor of a casino deal to denounce Gov. Martin O'Malley's tentative plan to call a special session of the General Assembly to approve an expansion of gambling in Maryland. With O'Malley sitting alongside, Franchot said he was departing from his decade-long opposition to increased gambling to vote for a deal between the state and Evitts Resort LLC under which the company will take over the money-losing Rocky Gap lodge in Allegany County and install slot machines there.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2012
After sinking millions of dollars into the dream of a world-class tourist destination in the mountains of Western Maryland, the state is poised to cut its losses and turn the Rocky Gap hotel and conference center over to a private company that plans to open a casino at the lakeside resort. The Board of Public Works is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the final series of agreements needed to complete the transfer of the $54 million complex in Allegany County from the quasi-public Maryland Economic Development Corp.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
  A plan to rescue the chronically snake-bit resort at Rocky Gap by permitting slot machines there has hit yet another setback. A state commission granted a request Tuesday from the company that was granted a license to operate a Rocky gap casino to scale back its plans by more than one-third after failing to line up a lender for a more ambitious project at the Western Maryland resort. In April, after years of seeking a qualified bidder, the commission awarded a license to Evitts Resort LLC to operate a casino with 850 slots at Rocky Gap, a golf resort and convention center outsize Cumberland that has cost the state tens of millions of dollars since it opened in the 1990s.
NEWS
March 31, 2011
Rocky Gap, the state-owned resort hotel in Western Maryland, has gorgeous views. It has a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. It has special deals on its restaurant meals — kids under 10 staying there eat free. What it doesn't have is an operator who wants to run a slots casino there. So Maryland lawmakers are doing what sellers do when they are having trouble luring buyers: They are sweetening the deal. This week, the Maryland Senate passed a measure that would cut the state's take on gambling revenue from the site to 50 percent for 10 years, rather than the 67 percent that operators of other Maryland casinos pay. The Senate deal-making did not stop there.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
A new arrangement between Rocky Gap Casino Resort and a national comedy club chain promises to start bringing "nationally-recognized comedians" to Western Maryland every other week. The casino announced Wednesday that it will be home to the newest Bonkerz Comedy Club, which was established in 1984 and has 20 locations nationwide. The comedy chain has "a great reputation for booking top-level talent that has made an impression with national television audiences including Larry The Cable Guy, Carrot Top, Darrell Hammond, and Billy Gardell," said Scott Just, Rocky Gap's general manager, in a statement.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Poker tables opened Friday at Rocky Gap Casino Resort near Cumberland in Western Maryland, state lottery officials said. Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, signed an operations license for poker Friday after a demonstration Thursday that tested internal controls, employee training, security and technical systems. The three poker tables, all located in the hotel lobby, have eight seats each and offer Texas Hold'em with limit and no limit stakes, casino officials said.
NEWS
June 12, 2013
Henceforth, let there by a rule that nothing can be compared to Maryland's failed investment at Rocky Gap, located just outside Cumberland in Western Maryland, except for Rocky Gap and perhaps any other $55 million white elephant loss that comes along. We know Rocky Gap. Rocky Gap is an acquaintance of ours. Sorry, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay resort in Cambridge, but you're no Rocky Gap. Incidentally, let us insert a reminder here. Even the infamous Rocky Gap hotel and conference center isn't Rocky Gap anymore.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Gambling started Wednesday afternoon at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort right after the state approved the opening of its fourth casino, one that Western Maryland leaders hope will lure not only gamblers but also their families to a region eager for more tourist dollars. "It's open and jamming," said Scott Just, the general manager of the resort near Cumberland. "There's a couple hundred people in there. They were pressing up against the ropes. " The $35 million casino, located in what was the lakeside golf resort's conference center, will be open around the clock.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker | May 21, 2013
Maryland's fourth casino - the Rocky Gap Casino Resort - hopes to open its doors for gambling this week. The casino, which held a controlled demonstration on Monday, is awaiting final approval from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control agency. The opening could come as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. Located off Interstate 68 near Cumberland, it will be the state's smallest casino. Evitts Resort, a subsidiary of Minnesota-based Lakes Entertainment, plans to operate 558 slot machines plus 10 table games at the casino.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker | May 1, 2013
The Rocky Gap Casino Resort hopes to open its doors for gaming in three weeks. In the meantime, the resort said today it's holding an open house this Saturday to offer customers - and the merely curious - a glimpse of the resort's upgrades The open house, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will allow the resort to show off its new hotel lobby and room renovations. Guests will be permitted to sign up for a loyalty program that will offer players points for frequent play on slots or table games.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Comptroller Peter Franchot on Wednesday denounced a revised deal that allowed the company licensed to operate a casino at the Rocky Gap resort in Allegany County to reduce the scale of the project as a "complete bait and switch" on the part of the company. Franchot had questioned why the modified deal, which cut the number of slot machines at the resort from 850 to 500, did not have to be brought back to the Board of Public Works for approval. "Don't you get the sense we're being played for fools here?"
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2011
State slots commissioners are urging lawmakers to loosen the requirements for prospective developers of a casino at Rocky Gap in Western Maryland, which has proved the least attractive of the five sites approved for slot-machine gambling. Two requests for proposals over the past two years have drawn not a single qualified applicant for the site, even after Maryland lawmakers offered a tax break last year to any developer who also purchased the financially troubled, state-supported golf resort at the state park.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
Maryland's gaming control commission granted Rocky Gap Casino Resort preliminary approval Friday to begin gaming operations on May 22, pending the results of a controlled demonstration two days prior. Rocky Gap would become the state's fourth casino, and its smallest. Evitts Resort, a subsidiary of Minnesota-based Lakes Entertainment, plans to have only 558 slot machines and 10 tables games available, and has said it will hire 250 employees for its gaming operation. The casino will be open 24 hours a day. Table games will include blackjack, roulette, three-card Poker, Mississippi Stud and craps.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman | February 14, 2013
Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, which will become the state's fourth operating casino when it opens later this year, will hold a job fair Saturday, Feb. 23 to fill about 250 full- and part-time jobs. The fair will be held at Allegany College of Maryland's Cumberland Campus in the Continuing Education Building and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Human resources representatives from the hotel will be looking for candidates in many areas of the operation, including food service and casino gaming.
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