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Delaware lawmakers are looking to cut the state taxes on casino revenues to help ailing industry.

The measure would slash the tax on table games from 30 percent to 15 percent while creating tax brackets for slot machines.

State Senator Brian Bushweller who sponsored the bill told WBOC that he believes the current tax structure threatens casinos.

He represents a district that includes Dover Downs which employs around 15-hundred workers.

The Dover Democrat said that the measure would cost the state more than $20 million.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State gaming officials say the opening of MGM National Harbor helped Maryland's six casinos bring in record revenue.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming said in a news release Thursday that MGM in Prince George's County generated nearly $42 million from slot machines and table games. The casino opened on Dec. 8.

Officials say that amount and the revenue the other five casinos generated in December brings the total to more than $133 million. The previous revenue record of more than $104 million was set in May 2016.

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It was a hot August for Maryland casinos.

State officials say they brought in over $100 million last month.

That’s 3.7 percent higher than last year at this time.

The big winner was Maryland Live Casino which raked in nearly $56 million while Horseshoe Casino Baltimore pulled in nearly $28 million.

Ocean Downs produced $6.2 million with its 800 slot machines. It does not have any table games.

Hollywood Casino Perryville brought in $5.9 million. That was a decline of 9.5 percent from this time last year.   

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced that all five Maryland casinos reported revenue gains in October.

The agency announced Thursday that state casinos generated an estimated total of $94.7 million last month. This was an increase of $7.9 million, or 9.2 percent, over the same month last year.

Maryland Live, the state's largest casino, generated $54.9 million, a 9.3 percent increase. Horseshoe, the state's second-largest casino, reported $24.6 million in revenue, a 9.8 percent increase.

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Maryland casinos raked in around $87 million last month.

That’s a nearly 6 percent increase over the same month last year.

In Anne Arundel County Maryland Live Casino pulled in the most at nearly $50 million or an increase of nearly 9 percent over the same period last year. 

The Casino at Ocean Downs saw a 15.4 percent increase over last year garnering $5.7 million.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort also saw a pickup in revenue of 6.2 percent or $3.9 million.

Hollywood Casino Perryville pulled in $5.1 million for an increase of 6.2 percent.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new Maryland law that goes into effect this fall will allow casinos to hire a younger workforce.

On Oct. 1, a new law will drop the minimum age for casino workers from 21 to 18.

The Maryland Live casino has begun its recruitment efforts. Casino officials will be attending job fairs at dozens of colleges and have implemented social media marketing campaigns.

Officials are looking to fill some 200 jobs at the Hanover operation.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Downs Hotel and Casino says it eliminated 48 jobs over the last three months - twice the number the company had planned to make.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that CEO Denis McGlynn announced the cuts Thursday during Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment's earnings release.

McGlynn says the additional 24 job cuts resulted from a decline in business stemming from the casino's recent decision to close table game operations during early weekday mornings.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland casinos are cutting back on the number of slot machines to make room for more table games and other amenities.

The Washington Post reports that over the past three months, the state's three largest casinos have eliminated 1,350 slot machines. That's a 16 percent reduction in the number of slots at Maryland Live, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and Hollywood Casino Perryville.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment narrowed its first-quarter loss compared to last year but says further cost-cutting is needed.

The company on Thursday reported a net loss of $352,000, compared to a $1 million loss for the first three months of 2014. Revenues dropped from about $45.5 million to slightly more than $44.3 million.

The company said it will stop offering unprofitable table games at its Dover Downs casino between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday, starting May 18, resulting in the elimination of 24 positions.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is helping to celebrate a milestone with the MGM National Harbor resort and casino.

On Wednesday, the governor is offering remarks during the MGM Resorts International's 1,000th member construction workforce celebration.

The $925 million project was projected last year to bring about 2,000 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs.

The plans for the site include a casino that can hold 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games. Officials said it could open as early as 2016.

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