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July 29, 2012
All this debate over a special session for Maryland's legislature seems pointless ("A special mistake," July 26). Evidently, today I can go to the Maryland Live casino at Arundel Mills and play the exact same games that this session is supposed to "legalize. " The operators there have installed machines that provide the exact same probabilities of winning in the exact same manner as any Vegas casino. There are just no humans, and no chips. (They said so themselves in an e-mail response to me: "The payouts on our electronic table games are based upon true Vegas odds.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Gamblers dropped some serious cash at Hanover's Maryland Live casino last month, generating the bulk of a record-breaking $77.9 million haul in statewide casino revenue in March. The $61.8 million monthly take at Maryland Live — a 38.5 percent increase over March 2013 — continues the Anne Arundel County casino's regional climb to dominance and helps account for the best monthly performance by Maryland's four operating casinos to date. "You just see the continuing ascension of Maryland casinos into a higher orbit in the Mid-Atlantic gaming market," said James Karmel, an industry analyst and history professor at Harford Community College.
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NEWS
April 27, 2012
Maryland Senate President Mike "Boss" Miller has now extended the bounds of his seemingly boundless manipulation of Maryland by holding a special session of the General Assembly needed to pass a budget hostage to his lust for table games inPrince George's County("Leaders float the idea of two special sessions," April 25). If the two-session compromise goes into effect, the second session should be held at that fount of political influence, Atlantic City. This will make a great movie someday; one only hopes that John Goodman will be available to play the Boss.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
Maryland's four casinos pulled in about $66 million in February, slightly less than in January and well below many months in 2013. The casinos haven't gotten off to a strong start in 2014, compared to past months, perhaps because the harsh winter weather made travel more difficult. The combined statewide revenue for February was $66,014,094, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. That's the third lowest monthly total since Rocky Gap Casino Resort, the state's fourth casino, opened in May. During many months in 2013, revenues reached nearly $70 million.
NEWS
October 28, 2012
Voting "Yes" on Question 7 to legalize table games such as poker in a few well-chosen casinos will be doing a favor for all residents of Maryland. Gov. Martin O'Malley has promised publicly on television that tax proceeds from such games will be spent to improve education in Maryland - a promise he must keep or ruin his political career. Heavy advertising which opposes Question 7 is financed not by those interested in the quality of Maryland schools, but from casinos in neighboring states that want all the money for themselves.
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2011
The state's legislative leaders said Tuesday that the General Assembly could soon back an expansion of Maryland's gambling options to include games such as poker, blackjack and roulette. While just two of the state's five planned slot machine parlors have opened — groundbreaking for a third, at Arundel Mills mall, is scheduled for Thursday — officials have long discussed the prospect of table games, which are legal in neighboring states. Such an expansion would require the approval of Maryland voters.
NEWS
February 14, 2012
There has been a lot of media attention recently to Maryland's continued efforts to balance the state budget by raising current taxes or adding new ones. Perhaps the solution is in our backyard. With just two Maryland casinos open and plans to build more, The Sun recently reported state revenue from slot machines of $13 million for January totaling over $90 million for Maryland's fiscal year to date. If table games (blackjack, roulette, etc.) are added, there's a potential bonanza of new revenue available as Maryland dollars are kept in Maryland as opposed to going to our neighbors in Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and even Atlantic City, N.J. The key is how to distribute those revenues.
BUSINESS
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
September 11, 2012
First, we would like to thank The Sun for getting it right by pointing out that the opposition's ads against Question 7 are "indeed being financed by an out-of-state casino company that doesn't have Maryland taxpayers' interests at heart" ("A misleading pitch," Sept. 7). But second, The Sun has unfortunately gotten several facts wrong in its recent editorial. The facts about job creation from Question 7 - the expansion of gaming in Maryland - are these: Adding table games at Maryland's existing casinos will create roughly 1,600 jobs statewide.
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By Annie Linskey | annie.linskey@baltsun.com | January 23, 2010
Members of Maryland's slots panel, worried that neighboring states are enhancing their casinos, recommended Friday that lawmakers allow table games like blackjack and poker at the five slots locations voters have approved. "It is apparent we are well behind the curve," Commissioner D. Bruce Poole said at a slots commission meeting Friday. "We are running catch-up with other states." The commission's decision came hours after a key vote by Delaware lawmakers to allow dice and card games at their gaming facilities.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
January's cold likely chilled the take at Maryland's four casinos, which got a somewhat lackluster start to 2014. The casinos brought in about $66.2 million in revenue in January, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said Wednesday. That's the third lowest monthly total since Rocky Gap Casino Resort - the final casino of the four - opened in May. December was the worst month during that same period, with about $65 million in revenue brought in. The second worst month was September, with $65.3 million.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
Four longtime gaming industry players were named Tuesday to help direct Baltimore's new Horseshoe Casino, filling out the majority of the leadership team for the Russell Street facility as it nears its 2014 start date. Three of the men previously worked for Horseshoe or Caesars Entertainment, the parent company for Horseshoe, Horseshoe Baltimore General Manager Chad Barnhill said in a statement. Brian Carr , the new vice president of finance, worked for Caesars in Illinois, New Jersey and Louisiana; Noah Hirsch, the new vice president of marketing, worked at Horseshoe Cleveland; and Mike Forster, the new director of video lottery terminals, worked for Caesars for 10 years, most recently in Northeast Ohio.
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Maryland's Video Lottery Facility Location commission faced a much harder decision in awarding a license to a Prince George's County casino than it had for any of the licenses before. This was the first time that the commissioners had a choice between three qualified proposals by well-heeled bidders. The decision was also the most fraught because it involves the expansion of a gambling program that has not yet fully come to fruition and the risk that the new competition will simply cannibalize existing business rather than adding meaningfully to the state's coffers.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2013
The parent company of Baltimore's casino said Monday that one of its businesses is the subject of a federal investigation into money laundering and that it was pulling out of a $1 billion casino venture in Boston. But officials at Caesars Entertainment Corp., which is building the $400 million Horseshoe Casino on Russell Street near M&T Bank Stadium, said neither issue would affect the company's Baltimore plans. The city is counting on the casino to provide funds for school construction and a property tax cut. "Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which will employ 1,700 people, remains on schedule to open during the third quarter of 2014," said Jan Jones Blackhurst, a Caesars executive.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 22, 2012
The ballot questions were released Monday for all of Maryland to preview before the election. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller managed to find a way to get his precious casino where no one else wants one. He knows most of Maryland wants casino style games and very few want the 6th casino. Question 7 lumps both the new casino and casino style games all in to one. Our "lawmakers" continue to maintain dishonesty and further cement our trust in them - or lack thereof - by leading us to believe this would be treated as two separate issues.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
Many were off work because of a snowstorm that never came, so they went to Hollywood Casino, tucked off Interstate 95, in search of games they thought they'd never see here: blackjack, roulette, craps and poker. For the first time Wednesday and about four months after voters approved it, Marylanders played table games without leaving the state. About 35 people were waiting when Hollywood sent out a small team of dealers to begin table play about 2 p.m., immediately after the Penn National-owned casino in Cecil County received permission from the state.
BUSINESS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Penn National Gaming Inc. took another step Thursday toward being able to bid for a casino license in Prince George's County after Maryland gaming officials approved a corporate restructuring for the owner of Hollywood Casino Perryville. The state Lottery and Gaming Control Commission approved Penn National's plan to spin off Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc., which would allow the Wyomissing, Pa.-based company to circumvent a state law restricting businesses to one video lottery facility.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2013
Maryland's lottery and casino industries generated $929.74 million for the state during the last fiscal year, the regulatory body that monitors both announced Wednesday. Traditional lottery sales decreased 2.2 percent, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency reported, but gains from four casinos contributed to a total increase of 35.1 percent over what the state received during the previous fiscal year. "We fully expected the lottery number to drop given the increased access for our consumers to casinos," the agency's director, Stephen Martino, said.
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