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By Steve Kilar and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2012
Even as the General Assembly prepares to return to Annapolis this week to discuss the expansion of gambling, one of Maryland's three casinos has asked its oversight agency to take back about a third of the slot machines because of declining revenue. Penn National Gaming Inc., which operates Hollywood Casino Perryville, is "prepared to unconditionally return between 400 and 500 of our machines to the State, without any expectation of a licensee fee refund or any right to reclaim those machines," wrote Carl Sottosanti, a Penn National vice president, in a letter last week to the Maryland Lottery's director.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Joan Mainhart had wrapped up a moderately successful day playing the slots at Maryland Live - walking in with $100, stepping out with $150 - but standing outside the casino in the afternoon sun Friday she considered whether she would take a shot at a million-dollar jackpot for $500 a spin. The retired IRS paralegal from Linthicum thought a moment and came to a definite maybe: "Only if I hit the lottery, then I might splurge. " Otherwise, she said, "there's just no way. " From the regular folks like Mainhart who play the quarter and dollar machines to the high-rollers who think nothing of pumping a few grand into a slot machine, people will have their chance soon enough at the state's biggest slots jackpot as Maryland Live unveils a new $1 million machine at 11 p.m. Saturday.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2010
The state's spending panel voted Wednesday to approve a $32.7 million contract for slot machines for the planned Eastern Shore casino, again over the objections of Comptroller Peter Franchot. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp outvoted Franchot at the Board of Public Works meeting. Franchot, who opposes slot machine gambling, has questioned the amount of money the state is spending on its nascent program. Though approved by voters two years ago, none of the five planned casinos is up and running.
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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 Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2001
Albert Eckardt placed a newspaper ad announcing slot machines for sale, hoping to get a few calls from prospective buyers. Instead, he got the police. Last week, three undercover Anne Arundel County police detectives showed up at his Crownsville home ostensibly in response to his ad. They looked at the five machines Eckardt was selling. "The next thing I knew, [an officer] whipped his badge out," said Eckardt, recounting the visit. Police didn't arrest Eckardt, but they took away the machines that authorities say are illegal to possess and sell.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
For the fifth year in a row, Del. Eric M. Bromwell has introduced a bill to authorize slot machines at BWI Marshall Airport It's Bromwell's attempt to infuse the state treasury — specifically the Transportation Trust Fund — with gambling money, and the Baltimore County Democrat said he has no intention of giving up. "I consider this to be the ultimate alternative to a gas tax," he said. "This is exactly how we pay for roads. " The bill would authorize up to 2,500 slot machines in the airport's main terminal beyond the security screening area.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
Sports business lunch offers quick look at stories in Baltimore and across the country. From The Sun: Under Armour's newest football commercial has former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' fingerprints all over it. I wrote about the spot for today's paper , and you can get a look at it there. Lewis helped the creative team solidify the narrative. CEO and founder Kevin Plank came up with the original idea for an urban football feel after seeing kids walking through Baltimore carrying their equipment.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | February 6, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Bad times have put some legislators in a gambling mood.Lawmakers from three counties -- Worcester, Harford and Baltimore County -- said yesterday that they wanted to let fraternal and other non-profit service organizations in their counties use slot machines to raise money for themselves and for charitable purposes.Before the day was out, however, the sponsors of the Baltimore County proposal -- freshmen Republican Delegates Alfred W. Redmer Jr. and James F. Ports -- withdrew their bill.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Staff Writer | December 22, 1993
EASTON -- Despite a 15-month grand jury probe that failed to produce any criminal indictments, Maryland State Police will continue to investigate the lucrative legal slot machine activity on the Eastern Shore that last year yielded nearly $32 million in gross revenues.Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said in a joint announcement yesterday that state police will use covert operations to determine if individuals or organizations are stealing proceeds from slot machines.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff | February 8, 1991
The commander of the Rosedale Veterans of Foreign Wars says his proposal to allow non-profit groups to offer slot machine gambling in Baltimore County promises the "greatest thing" imaginable for local charities.But law enforcement sources have their doubts, and the issue is not likely to come before the General Assembly until 1992."We do a lot of things," VFW post commander Thomas C. Rye said of his plans for profits from the slot machines.For example, he said, the post helps patients in veterans' hospitals, gives away American flags and patriotic literature, and even helps an occasional out-of-state veteran whose car breaks down on U.S. 40 nearby.
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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 Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
Impact fees totaling $20 million from the Maryland Live! casino in Hanover will pay for fire and police services, school renovations and a community health center, officials announced Wednesday. Under state law, 5.5 percent of profits from slot machines at Maryland casinos must be spent in local impact grants. The $20 million in grants announced Wednesday represent Maryland Live's contribution for fiscal 2014, the budgeting year that began July 1. The money is split as follows: $7 million to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, $3.7 million to Anne Arundel Community College, $3 million to Meade High School, $2.7 million to the Anne Arundel County Police Department, $1.9 million to the proposed People's Community Health Center in Severn, $1.5 million for transportation projects, $600,000 to Jessup Elementary School, $500,000 to the Provinces Library in Severn, $150,000 to the BWI Partnership and $100,000 to the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2013
In Carroll County, betting on billiards is illegal - unless the game is held in a senior center on a day other than Sunday and the prize is capped at $5. Those rules are part of the hodgepodge of regulations enshrined in Title 13 of Maryland's criminal code. It governs local gambling operations, ranging from tip jars in Western Maryland to slot machines at Eastern Shore veterans' halls to commercial bingo in Calvert County. The staff of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency laid out the issue of inconsistent and confusing local laws Thursday at the first meeting of a new General Assembly committee charged with oversight of gambling in Maryland.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
Sports business lunch offers quick look at stories in Baltimore and across the country. From The Sun: Under Armour's newest football commercial has former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' fingerprints all over it. I wrote about the spot for today's paper , and you can get a look at it there. Lewis helped the creative team solidify the narrative. CEO and founder Kevin Plank came up with the original idea for an urban football feel after seeing kids walking through Baltimore carrying their equipment.
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July 6, 2013
When Maryland was first contemplating legalizing slot machines, supporters pointed to Delaware and the success of its "racinos" - racetracks with slot machine gambling - and how they drew in thousands of Maryland residents each year. Turns out there was something to that observation, because it appears those patrons are now sorely missed. The latest reports on 2012 gambling revenue from the First State show that the opening of Maryland Live Casino has had a staggering effect on Delaware's three racetrack casinos.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2013
When plans called for a Harrah's to rise not far from M&T Bank Stadium, the Baltimore casino was slated to have 3,750 video lottery terminals delivering 67 percent of revenue to the state. Instead, a Horseshoe casino - a brand known for its ties to big-money poker games - will fill the vacant lot on Russell Street. It will house 2,500 slots, with the leftover space used in part to accommodate 900 seats around 130 table games. The state receives only 20 percent of table games revenue.
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 2, 2003
NOW THEY want to ruin the Maryland State Fairgrounds with thousands of slot machines. The worst part is, they want to scrap the annual events -- your bass show, your recreational-type vehicle show, your model-train show, your gem-and-jewelry show -- and go with a year-round, smoke-filled hall of degenerate gamblers who will sit on stools in stretch pants, slip coins into slot machines all day, then panhandle for change on York Road. Good morning, Timonium! "I think that the community and Baltimore County can benefit from having a [slots]
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | September 28, 2008
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a longtime slots advocate whose repeated failure to pass a gambling proposal defined his four-year term, indicated yesterday that he planned to vote against a slots referendum on the November ballot. Ehrlich, a Republican, said he opposed altering the state constitution to allow slots, an approach he said he rejected while in office. An estimated $600 million in revenue from 15,000 slot machines would fuel what Ehrlich called unrestrained government spending.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, the gambling facility that broke ground last month near Camden Yards, is making room on its future betting floors for table games. The casino's operators, who are led by Caesars Entertainment, received initial approval Tuesday for 2,500 slot machines, 100 table games and 30 poker tables, said Chad Barnhill, the casino's general manager. The casino originally requested 3,750 slot machines. But that was before the General Assembly last year approved table games in Maryland casinos.
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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