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8:21 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Casino Bailout Bill to Get Initial Vote in Delaware

Credit Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill providing a financial bailout to Delaware's three gambling casinos is poised for its initial vote in the state legislature.

The state Senate was scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill to help the casinos, which have bemoaned competition in neighboring states and the share of gambling revenues they have to give to Delaware's general fund.

But a bailout plan that could have cost taxpayers about $20 million a year will be scaled down before Tuesday's vote to about half that amount.

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9:13 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Delaware Casino Owners Warn of Tough Times Ahead

Credit Don Rush

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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8:36 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Gambling Advisory Council Mulls Competition from Neighboring States

Credit Don Rush

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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8:43 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Table Games at Maryland! Live Casino by April

Credit marylandlive

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's largest casino says it's on track to open live table games in April.

Maryland Live! announced Tuesday that table games like blackjack will begin on April 11, pending final regulatory approval.

The casino says it will have 122 table games. In addition to that, about 50 poker tables will be added when a two-level poker room is finished by this summer.

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8:34 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Delaware Senate Approves Online Betting

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State lawmakers have approved a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

The bill, which cleared the House earlier this month, was approved by the Senate on a 14-to-6 vote Wednesday.

In addition to allowing online slots and table games, the bill expands keno beyond Delaware's three casinos to at least 100 other sites, and betting on NFL football to at least 20 non-casino sites.

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9:07 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Maryland Lawmakers Still Looking for Revenue from Casinos


   ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are still waiting for the big payout from the Legislature's gamble more than four years ago on legalized slot machines.

     To truly hit the jackpot, some lawmakers believe the state must expand state-approved gambling further. They say table games and a Washington-area casino are needed to compete with neighboring states and generate the dollars needed for education and other needs. Much of the competition comes from venues in Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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