August 5, 2012
It's unwise that the General Assembly will be considering the expansion of Maryland's gambling program to a sixth casino before its five existing slots parlors is up and running. But the idea of legalizing Internet gambling at the same time - with little opportunity for public debate or due diligence by legislators, and no precedent from other states - is downright reckless. Internet gambling may be the future of the industry, but that future is not yet upon us, and there are too many unanswered questions - legal, logistical and social - for the state to make a headlong rush to legalize it. The idea first surfaced in a serious way this week in a memo from Maryland Live developer David Cordish about the conditions under which he could drop his opposition to the proposed sixth casino inPrince George's County.
May 24, 2012
This casino and resort offers hotel accommodations with more than 300 rooms, event packages and discounts for special occasions, many dining options, venues to enjoy live music and drinks, new games and old favorites and the Shoppes of Sands. Casino hours: 24 hours a day. Games to play: Along with poker, blackjack, craps and roulette, Sands has many other table games, including mini and midi baccarat, sic bo and pai gow tiles. A 30-table poker room is also provided.
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.
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.
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.
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.