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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.

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.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland panel has found that three applicants are suitable to pursue a license to open a casino near the nation's capital.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission unanimously made the decision on Thursday.

The applicants are Prince George'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.

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Maryland gambling revenues may be hitting a ceiling soon with total take at $71 million in gross revenue in August.

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.

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.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Representatives of state's gambling industry say times remain tough as Delaware's casinos cope with competition in neighboring states.

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.

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.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Representatives of Delaware's casino industry are gathering to discuss the state of Delaware's gambling industry.

The state Video Lottery Advisory Council was to meet Tuesday at Dover Downs.

The agenda includes a review of the competitive situation with Maryland and Pennsylvania, Delaware lottery initiatives, and manufacturers' new products.

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.

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Gamblers could be spending some late nights at Ocean Downs.

The Casino says it will be open 24 hours a day in coming summer months beginning Friday and running through September 30th.

Maryland voters approved the operating hours as part of last year’s referendum.

And the Gaming Control Commission approved the Worcester County casino’s application to offer slots around the clock.

However, liquor sales will stop at 4 am for four hours.

 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland casino regulators may allow gambling at the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in western Maryland to begin May 22.

The Daily Record 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.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Campaign finance reports show more than $93 million was raised in the campaign to expand gambling in Maryland, a record amount.

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.

The reports show about $90.5 million was spent. Nearly $3 million went unspent.

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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.

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. Two annual statewide conferences, eight regional conferences and webinars to create a statewide network of health providers to help problem gamblers are also planned.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - MGM Resorts International has spent about $8.4 million for advertising to support an expansion of gambling.

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.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a measure to allow table games like roulette at casinos and a gambling venue in Prince George's County.

The governor signed the bill Wednesday, hours after a special session ended after midnight.

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's gaming industry and its ability to compete with surrounding states.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to allow a new casino in Prince George's County as well as table games such as poker and roulette at gambling complexes.

After the House of Delegates passed the bill 71-58 late Tuesday night, the Senate concurred early Wednesday by a vote of 32-14. The vote send the measure to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. Voters would need to approve any gambling expansion in November.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates began working on a measure to expand gambling as a special session continues in Annapolis.

The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to work on the bill Monday afternoon.

The Senate passed the bill 28-14 on Friday, the second day of the special session Gov. Martin O'Malley has called to focus on resolving lingering gambling issues in the state.

The measure would allow table games like poker and a new casino site in Prince George's County. 

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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's County.

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.

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The Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee approved expansion of gambling in the state yesterday on an 11 to 1 vote.

It came on the first day of a special legislative session in Annapolis to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George’s County.

The measure now goes to the full Senate.

Owners of the Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel county testified against the measure…fearing that the sixth casino would damage their business.

Meanwhile, William Rickman, the owner of Ocean Downs casino on the Eastern Shore, supported the bill.

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The Maryland State Senate took up legislation this afternoon that would expand gambling by adding table games and a sixth casino in Prince George’s County.

The measure is expected to be taken up by the Senate Budget and Taxation committee.

It will eventually go to the House of Delegates where it faces a much tougher road to passage.

A majority of the Lower shore’s delegates and senator favor legalizing table games and allowing Ocean downs to stay open 24 hour a day.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers and casino owners are reviewing Gov. Martin O'Malley's 55-page measure to expand gambling on the eve of a special session.

O'Malley, for his part, said Wednesday the bill will increase state revenue and jobs. He also says he's "so sick of this issue" and wants to settle it. The Senate wil convene the special session Thursday.

The gambling proposals would allow table games like blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George's County that could open in 2016.

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As Maryland legislators begin the special session on proposals to expand gambling Delaware officials are keeping a close eye on the outcome.

Governor Jack Markell says that it’s clear the industry is becoming more competitive.

Markell has expanded gambling ranging from sports betting and table games to online gaming and Keno games at sites outside of the casinos. 

The license fees for the state’s casinos have also been slashed.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration has released details in gambling legislation for a special session this week.

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's County.

A key part of the bill relates to how much money casino operators will keep.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of the Maryland Senate is planning a quick start for next week's special session to expand gambling.

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.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has called for a special session to expand gambling in Maryland to begin in about two weeks.

O'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'Malley says expanded gambling will create more revenue and jobs for the state.

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.

ANNAPOLIS, Md  (AP) House Speaker Michael Busch says he believes Governor Martin O’Malley has decided to go ahead with a special legislative session to expand gambling in Maryland.

O’Malley held a meeting with House Democrats to get them up to speed for announcement.

Busch says that he believes the Governor thinks the votes are there for legislative approval.

The session would look at adding a 6th casino site in Prince George’s County and adding table games such as blackjack.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic leaders in the Maryland House of Delegates are scheduled to discuss a push to expand gambling in Maryland.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis.

House Speaker Michael Busch met for about two hours on Tuesday with David Cordish, the owner of Maryland's largest casino, who does not want a casino to be allowed in Prince George's County, because he believes it will seriously hurt his business.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch are trying to allay the concerns that Baltimore lawmakers have about how a casino in Prince George's County could hurt a planned casino in Baltimore.

O'Malley, Busch and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake met with about half of the city's 18-member House delegation at City Hall for about 90 minutes behind closed doors on Wednesday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The push to round up votes to hold a special session for gambling expansion is shifting to Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, House Speaker Michael Busch and Gov. Martin O'Malley are scheduled to meet with the city's House delegation in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Rawlings-Blake has expressed support for expanding gambling to allow table games at a planned Baltimore casino.

Governor Martin O’Malley says he more confident now about reaching a consensus for a special session this summer to expand gambling by adding table games and a new casino in Prince George’s County.

His remarks come after meeting yesterday with top legislative leaders Senate president Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the Governor’s residence.

The Maryland Governor told reporters that he expects the last issue will be resolve sooner rather than later.

No decision yet on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

That’s according to House Speaker Michel Busch who emerged this afternoon from a meeting with Governor Martin O’Malley and Senate President Mike Miller.

Meanwhile, Miller who supports expansion told reporters that he believe there are people need more persuading – or in his words – we need some elbow grease.

The key stumbling block is the state’s 67 percent tax on slot machine revenue.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with the presiding officers of the Legislature to discuss the prospects of holding a special session in the next few weeks to expand gambling.

O'Malley is scheduled to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Tuesday morning at the governor's residence in Annapolis.

There are some last minute efforts to revive the prospects for expanded gambling in Maryland.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with top Prince George's and Montgomery County officials as well as the Mayor of Baltimore today.

Tomorrow O'Malley is set to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller.

Lawmakers have had trouble reaching an agreement on how to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George's County.

O'Malley has said he will call a special session, if lawmakers can work out an agreement.

There will be no special legislative session next week on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

Governor Martin O’Malley has confirmed that he will not call a second special session to consider table games and a sixth casino.

State Senator Jim Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are only a couple of weeks left to get a measure on the November ballot.

The Eastern Shore Democrat says he believes the expansion could make Maryland more competitive with other states like Delaware and Pennsylvania that have continued to expand gambling.

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