gambling http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino to Open in August http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/baltimores-horseshoe-casino-open-august <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is scheduled to open in late August.</p><p>Casino officials say the $442 million casino is scheduled to open on the night of Aug. 26, pending regulatory approval.</p><p>The casino will feature 122,000 square feet of slot machines and table games like blackjack. It also will have two celebrity chef restaurants and a steakhouse. The facility will have about 2,500 slot machines and 100 table games. It also will have a World Series of Poker-branded poker room.</p><p>Casino officials say it will employee about 1,700 people.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:43:39 +0000 Don Rush 56796 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino to Open in August Delaware Senate Approves $10 Million Casino Bailout Bill http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-senate-approves-10-million-casino-bailout-bill <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Senate lawmakers have approved a $10 million financial bailout for Delaware's three gambling casinos.</p><p>The Senate voted 14-5 Wednesday on legislation to help the casinos, which say they are struggling with increased competition from neighboring states and have to share too much of their gambling revenue with the state.</p><p>The bill, which now goes to the House, calls for the state to help pay vendor costs for slot machines that currently come out of the casinos' share of gambling revenue.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:21:21 +0000 Don Rush 56716 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Senate Approves $10 Million Casino Bailout Bill Delaware Could Pick Up the Tab to Boost Casinos http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-could-pick-tab-boost-casinos <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are poised to introduce proposed revisions to gambling laws that could cost the state more than $20 million a year.</p><p>Finance secretary Tom Cook told an industry panel Tuesday that a bill revising how Delaware's three casinos share gambling revenue with the state will be introduced this week.</p><p>The legislation is based on recommendations from a study commission led by Cook that discussed how to help Delaware's casinos as they struggle with competition from neighboring states.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:51:26 +0000 Don Rush 53421 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Could Pick Up the Tab to Boost Casinos Saving the Delaware Casino Industry http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/saving-delaware-casino-industry <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a panel examining how to keep Delaware's gambling industry competitive say they need more time to submit a report to lawmakers.</p><p>The commission was to submit its findings and recommendations on Friday.</p><p>But state finance secretary Tom Cook, the panel chairman, disclosed Thursday that members now expect to complete their work by Feb. 28.</p><p>A key issue for the panel is how much of a hit the state general fund should take in order to give a financial break to Delaware's three casinos.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:28:57 +0000 Don Rush 48544 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Saving the Delaware Casino Industry Delaware Panel Examines Revenue Sharing Formula With Casinos http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-panel-examines-revenue-sharing-formula-casinos <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A panel examining how to keep Delaware's gambling industry competitive has yet to decide on recommendations for state lawmakers to consider.</p><p>The lottery and gaming study commission, which faces a Jan. 31 deadline to submit its report, met Monday to review several options, but members could not agree on any of them.</p><p>Several commission members noted that they are still awaiting a report from the accounting firm KPMG on the current status of Delaware's gambling industry.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:28:13 +0000 Don Rush 47284 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Panel Examines Revenue Sharing Formula With Casinos Delaware Considers Casino Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-considers-casino-expansion <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a state panel looking at Delaware's gambling industry amid increasing competition from neighboring states is reviewing a report on the feasibility of allowing more casinos in Delaware.</p><p>Lawmakers established the lottery and gaming commission earlier this year to examine the competitive marketplace facing Delaware's gambling industry. The panel, which meets Wednesday at Legislative Hall, is facing a Jan. 31 deadline for reporting its findings and recommendations to the governor and General Assembly.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:15:15 +0000 Don Rush 45700 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Considers Casino Expansion Three Casinos Bid for Gambling Facility near Washington D.C. http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/three-casinos-bid-gambling-facility-near-washington-dc <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland panel has found that three applicants are suitable to pursue a license to open a casino near the nation&#39;s capital.</p><p>The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission unanimously made the decision on Thursday.</p><p>The applicants are Prince George&#39;s Racing Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Penn National; Maryland Casino, LLC, a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing, and MGM National Harbor, LLC, a subsidiary of MGM.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:37:57 +0000 Don Rush 42769 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Three Casinos Bid for Gambling Facility near Washington D.C. Maryland Gambling Revenue Could Top Out Soon http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-gambling-revenue-could-top-out-soon <p>Maryland gambling revenues may be hitting a ceiling soon with total take at $71 million in gross revenue in August.</p><p>Mark Nichols, an economics professor who specializes in the gambling industry at the University of Nevada in Reno says, don’t expect that expansion to continue.</p><p>There will be more competition in the next three years from the state’s two new casinos in Baltimore and Prince George’s county over the next three years.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:13:32 +0000 Don Rush 41216 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Gambling Revenue Could Top Out Soon Delaware Casino Owners Warn of Tough Times Ahead http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-casino-owners-warn-tough-times-ahead <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Representatives of state's gambling industry say times remain tough as Delaware's casinos cope with competition in neighboring states.</p><p>Representatives of Delaware's three casinos gathered with state lottery officials and industry suppliers on Tuesday at a meeting of the state Video Lottery Advisory Council.</p><p>Dover Downs CEO Ed Sutor said his company has seen a sharp drop in table game business and that Delaware casinos will be paying higher fees to suppliers of slot machines under new contracts that are still being negotiated.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:13:25 +0000 Don Rush 37424 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Casino Owners Warn of Tough Times Ahead Gambling Advisory Council Mulls Competition from Neighboring States http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gambling-advisory-council-mulls-competition-neighboring-states <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Representatives of Delaware's casino industry are gathering to discuss the state of Delaware's gambling industry.</p><p>The state Video Lottery Advisory Council was to meet Tuesday at Dover Downs.</p><p>The agenda includes a review of the competitive situation with Maryland and Pennsylvania, Delaware lottery initiatives, and manufacturers' new products.</p><p>State lawmakers recently approved a proposal by Gov. Jack Markell to extend an $8 million financial bailout for Delaware's three casinos to help cover anticipated increases in slot machine vendor costs.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:36:54 +0000 Don Rush 37355 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gambling Advisory Council Mulls Competition from Neighboring States Ocean Downs Casino: Open 24 Hours for the Summer http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/ocean-downs-casino-open-24-hours-summer <p>Gamblers could be spending some late nights at Ocean Downs.</p><p>The Casino says it will be open 24 hours a day in coming summer months beginning Friday and running through September 30<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Maryland voters approved the operating hours as part of last year’s referendum.</p><p>And the Gaming Control Commission approved the Worcester County casino’s application to offer slots around the clock.</p><p>However, liquor sales will stop at 4 am for four hours.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 15:48:12 +0000 Don Rush 34058 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Ocean Downs Casino: Open 24 Hours for the Summer Rockey Gap Could See Gambling http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/rockey-gap-could-see-gambling <p></p><p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland casino regulators may allow gambling at the Rocky Gap Lodge &amp; Golf Resort in western Maryland to begin May 22.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/11Wwjh7">Daily Record</a> of Baltimore reports that the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Commission is considering an operations license for resort owner Evitts Resort LLC at its meeting Friday in Baltimore. Evitts is a subsidiary of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Lakes Entertainment Inc.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:02:28 +0000 Don Rush 33136 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Rockey Gap Could See Gambling Almost $100 Million Spent on MD Gambling Campaign http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/almost-100-million-spent-md-gambling-campaign <P>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Campaign finance reports show more than $93 million was raised in the campaign to expand gambling in Maryland, a record amount.</P> <P>The Washington Post reported Wednesday that campaign finance records show a handful of Washington's biggest media buying firms and Maryland political consultants benefited handsomely from the fight over the ballot question to allow table games like blackjack and a casino in Prince orge's County.</P> <P>The reports show about $90.5 million was spent. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:09:46 +0000 Don Rush 25335 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Almost $100 Million Spent on MD Gambling Campaign Grant for Maryland Center to Help Problem Gamblers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/grant-maryland-center-help-problem-gamblers <P>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland School of Medicine says it has received a $5 million grant from the state to create a problem gambling center.</P> <P>The university made the announcement Thursday. The center is being called a first of its kind in the state. A telephone helpline service to refer problem gamblers to treatment and a public awareness campaign are planned by the new center. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:19:39 +0000 Don Rush 21430 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Grant for Maryland Center to Help Problem Gamblers Gambling Expansion Takes Center Stage On Delmarva http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gambling-expansion-takes-center-stage-delmarva <P><STRONG>MARYLAND</STRONG></P> <P>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - MGM Resorts International has spent about $8.4 million for advertising to support an expansion of gambling.</P> <P>The Las Vegas company's latest report released Tuesday is about $3 million more than its last report released four days ago. MGM is hoping voters will approve an additional casino site in Prince George's County, near the nation's capital.</P> <P>Penn National Gaming Inc., which is opposing the expansion, has spent about $9.5 million so far. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:32:04 +0000 Don Rush 21331 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gambling Expansion Takes Center Stage On Delmarva Governor O'Malley Signs Gambling Expansion Bill http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/governor-omalley-signs-gambling-expansion-bill <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley has signed a measure to allow table games like roulette at casinos and a gambling venue in Prince George&#39;s County.</p><p>The governor signed the bill Wednesday, hours after a special session ended after midnight.</p><p>The Democratic Governor says the second special session of the year has created a comprehensive solution to a number of issues that were affecting Maryland&#39;s gaming industry and its ability to compete with surrounding states.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:18:50 +0000 Don Rush 19007 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Governor O'Malley Signs Gambling Expansion Bill Gambling Expansion Bill Goes to MD Governor http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gambling-expansion-bill-goes-md-governor <p style="line-height: 18pt; background: white"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: 11.5pt"><font face="Times New Roman">ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) &mdash; The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to allow a new casino in Prince George&#39;s County as well as table games such as poker and roulette at gambling complexes.<o:p></o:p></font></span></p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:38:48 +0000 Don Rush 18996 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gambling Expansion Bill Goes to MD Governor MD House of Delegates Takes Up Gambling http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-house-delegates-takes-gambling <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates began working on a measure to expand gambling as a special session continues in Annapolis.</p><p>The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to work on the bill Monday afternoon.</p><p>The Senate passed the bill 28-14 on Friday, the second day of the special session Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley has called to focus on resolving lingering gambling issues in the state.</p><p>The measure would allow table games like poker and a new casino site in Prince George&#39;s County.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:21:03 +0000 Don Rush 18841 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD House of Delegates Takes Up Gambling MD Senate Begins Debate on Gambling Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-senate-begins-debate-gambling-expansion <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is debating amendments to a measure to permit table games like craps at Maryland casinos and to allow a casino in Prince George&#39;s County.</p><p>The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Nancy Jacobs that would have raised impact grants in Allegany, Cecil and Worcester counties from $200,000 to $400,000.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:26:10 +0000 Don Rush 18663 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Senate Begins Debate on Gambling Expansion Gambling Expansion Out of Senate Committee in Annapolis http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gambling-expansion-out-senate-committee-annapolis <p>The Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee approved expansion of gambling in the state yesterday on an 11 to 1 vote.</p><p>It came on the first day of a special legislative session in Annapolis to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George&rsquo;s County.</p><p>The measure now goes to the full Senate.</p><p>Owners of the Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel county testified against the measure&hellip;fearing that the sixth casino would damage their business.</p><p>Meanwhile, William Rickman, the owner of Ocean Downs casino on the Eastern Shore, supported the bill.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:41:07 +0000 Don Rush 18629 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gambling Expansion Out of Senate Committee in Annapolis Maryland Senate Takes Up Gambling Bill http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-senate-takes-gambling-bill <p>The Maryland State Senate took up legislation this afternoon that would expand gambling by adding table games and a sixth casino in Prince George&rsquo;s County.</p><p>The measure is expected to be taken up by the Senate Budget and Taxation committee.</p><p>It will eventually go to the House of Delegates where it faces a much tougher road to passage.</p><p>A majority of the Lower shore&rsquo;s delegates and senator favor legalizing table games and allowing Ocean downs to stay open 24 hour a day.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 19:03:09 +0000 Don Rush 18563 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Senate Takes Up Gambling Bill MD Special Session on Gambling Expansion Opens Today http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-special-session-gambling-expansion-opens-today <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers and casino owners are reviewing Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley&#39;s 55-page measure to expand gambling on the eve of a special session.</p><p>O&#39;Malley, for his part, said Wednesday the bill will increase state revenue and jobs. He also says he&#39;s &quot;so sick of this issue&quot; and wants to settle it. The Senate wil convene the special session Thursday.</p><p>The gambling proposals would allow table games like blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George&#39;s County that could open in 2016.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:45:55 +0000 Don Rush 18523 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Special Session on Gambling Expansion Opens Today Delaware Officials Keep Eye On MD Gambling Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-officials-keep-eye-md-gambling-expansion <p>As Maryland legislators begin the special session on proposals to expand gambling Delaware officials are keeping a close eye on the outcome.</p><p>Governor Jack Markell says that it&rsquo;s clear the industry is becoming more competitive.</p><p>Markell has expanded gambling ranging from sports betting and table games to online gaming and Keno games at sites outside of the casinos.&nbsp;</p><p>The license fees for the state&rsquo;s casinos have also been slashed.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:40:16 +0000 Don Rush 18522 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Officials Keep Eye On MD Gambling Expansion Gambling Expansion Details Released by MD Governor http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gambling-expansion-details-released-md-governor <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley&#39;s administration has released details in gambling legislation for a special session this week.</p><p>The provisions made public Tuesday touch on a variety of changes that would come with the addition of table games like blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George&#39;s County.</p><p>A key part of the bill relates to how much money casino operators will keep.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 13:10:26 +0000 Don Rush 18424 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gambling Expansion Details Released by MD Governor Quick Maryland Senate Action on Gambling Expansion Expected Next Week http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/quick-maryland-senate-action-gambling-expansion-expected-next-week <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of the Maryland Senate is planning a quick start for next week&#39;s special session to expand gambling.</p><p>In a memo to senators, Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 9. After a bill is officially introduced, the Senate will adjourn to allow a hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, which will vote on the bill.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:28:20 +0000 Don Rush 17921 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Annapolis Takes Up Gambling Expansion in August http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/annapolis-takes-gambling-expansion-august <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley has called for a special session to expand gambling in Maryland to begin in about two weeks.</p><p>O&#39;Malley said at a news conference Friday in Annapolis with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller that the session will begin on Aug 9. O&#39;Malley says expanded gambling will create more revenue and jobs for the state.</p><p>Efforts to expand gambling in the regular session collapsed in the final hours in April. A work group that was convened last month to address the issue failed to reach a consensus.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:12:56 +0000 Don Rush 17630 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Special Session On Gambling Expansion Expected From MD Governor http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/special-session-gambling-expansion-expected-md-governor <p>ANNAPOLIS,&nbsp;Md &nbsp;(AP)&nbsp;House Speaker Michael Busch says he believes Governor Martin O&rsquo;Malley has decided to go ahead with a special legislative session to expand gambling in Maryland.</p><p>O&rsquo;Malley held a meeting with House Democrats to get them up to speed for announcement.</p><p>Busch says that he believes the Governor thinks the votes are there for legislative approval.</p><p>The session would look at adding a 6<sup>th</sup> casino site in Prince George&rsquo;s County and adding table games such as blackjack.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:04:50 +0000 Don Rush 17557 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Democratic Leaders In MD House of Delagates to Meet on Gambling Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/democratic-leaders-md-house-delagates-meet-gambling-expansion <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic leaders in the Maryland House of Delegates are scheduled to discuss a push to expand gambling in Maryland.</p><p>The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis.</p><p>House Speaker Michael Busch met for about two hours on Tuesday with David Cordish, the owner of Maryland&#39;s largest casino, who does not want a casino to be allowed in Prince George&#39;s County, because he believes it will seriously hurt his business.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:55:27 +0000 Don Rush 17474 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net O'Malley Works To Allay Baltimore Fears About Gambling Expansion http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/omalley-works-allay-baltimore-fears-about-gambling-expansion <p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; color: #333333">ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) &mdash; Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch are trying to allay the concerns that Baltimore lawmakers have about how a casino in Prince George&#39;s County could hurt a planned casino in Baltimore.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:46:59 +0000 Don Rush 17075 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gambling Expansion Talks Shift To Baltimore http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gambling-expansion-talks-shift-baltimore <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) &mdash; The push to round up votes to hold a special session for gambling expansion is shifting to Baltimore.</p><p>Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, House Speaker Michael Busch and Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley are scheduled to meet with the city&#39;s House delegation in Baltimore on Wednesday.</p><p>Rawlings-Blake has expressed support for expanding gambling to allow table games at a planned Baltimore casino.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:16:19 +0000 Don Rush 17013 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net