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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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A Delaware state has recommended providing a $46 million bailout for the First State’s gambling industry.

The plan to stabilize the Delaware’s three casinos came as a shock to some on the state’s Lottery, Gaming and Study Commission.

Where the money would come from as the budget battles heat up in Dover is still not clear.

House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst who is also a member of the panel…called the proposal “an annual tradition that is not sustainable.”

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel charged with helping find a path forward for Delaware's gambling industry is meeting again after missing last week's deadline to submit recommendations.

Members of the panel, which recommended a $10 million casino bailout approved by lawmakers last year, were to meet Thursday to get updates on the state's most recent revenue forecast and on Delaware's horse racing industry, which gets a cut of gambling revenue.

The panel also was scheduled to discuss recommendations regarding further relief for Delaware's three casinos.

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Dover Downs is looking at some tough times.

Regional casino competition has doubled over the last few years while the bank demanded the casino’s mortgage as collateral when the gambling outfit recently refinanced $42 million of debt.

Meanwhile, its stock price has dropped to 72 cents after hovering around 30 dollars a share.

And it has the largest tax burden in the region at 43.5 percent.

After spending $283 million to building the casino and expand the casino over the last 18 years the owners say they are now fighting for their financial lives.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - An industry group representing Delaware's three casinos is asking state lawmakers to revise revenue sharing models so that the casinos can remain profitable amid increasingly intense competition from casinos in other states.

The top priority for the Video Lottery Advisory Council is returning to a tiered rate structure for slots revenue, with the state's share fluctuating based on the amount of revenue taken in.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials say the state's five casinos brought in more than $82.4 million in revenue last month.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced the revenue numbers Monday. Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County led the group with more than $45.5 million from slot machines and table games. That's an approximately 10 percent decrease from September 2013.

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which opened to the public in August, brought in $22 million.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel that recommended a $10 million financial bailout for Delaware's three casinos earlier this year has reconvened to figure out what, if anything, to do next to help the state's struggling gambling industry.

The gambling study commission, which met Thursday, is charged with studying challenges facing Delaware's gambling industry and recommending ways to help the state remain competitive in a region that is becomingly increasingly saturated with casinos.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - With lawmakers already having approved a $10 million financial bailout for Delaware's three casinos earlier this year, a state panel is reconvening to figure out what to do next regarding the struggling gambling industry.

The state gambling study commission, which recommended the bailout, is scheduled to meet Thursday to resume its work. The panel is charged with studying the competitive marketplace facing Delaware's gambling industry and recommending ways to address it.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The opening of Baltimore's first casino highlights a nationwide trend of casinos moving from traditional gambling destinations to other cities.

The Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore opened its doors Tuesday night. A spokesman for an agency representing the casino said it hosted more than 15,000 guests in its first 12 hours.

Gambling experts say rust-belt towns like Philadelphia, Cleveland and now Baltimore have become desirable casino locations, especially as gambling destinations like Atlantic City continue to plunge into economic decline.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is scheduled to open, marking a new milestone in Maryland's development of casino gambling.

The casino set to open Tuesday is the fifth and last of the five casinos initially planned when lawmakers approved slot machine gambling in a 2007 special session, a plan later approved by voters in a statewide vote in 2008.

The Baltimore casino will be home to 2,500 slot machines and 122 table games like blackjack.

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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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The proposal to give casinos more than $20 million in state assistance is running into skepticism in the Delaware General Assembly.

Rep. Dennis Williams, a member of the House gaming committee, questioned where the money would come from.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that this was not a short-term two-year bailout but something that would become permanent.

And he reflected the opinions of other members of the committee that included its chair Rep. Charles Potter who voted against the proposal.

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A Delaware commission is recommending that the state give casinos $30 million over the next two years in an effort to save the ailing industry.

The Lottery and Gaming Study Commission also recommends that state help cover vendor fees paid by the casinos.

The price tag: $9 million a year beginning in the next fiscal year.

The Wilmington News Journal also reports that the state would give up $7.2 million dollars in the 2016 year by reducing its share of the table game revenue from 30 percent to 15 percent.  

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BERLIN, Md. (AP) - The Casino at Ocean Downs says it will set up 10 table games in a recently approved addition.

The Daily Times reports Monday that the casino in Worcester County has announced that the games will be installed in a 35,000-square-foot casino expansion. The casino does not give a timeline for the expansion.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State officials say Maryland's four casinos generated $71 million in revenue in August, nearly three-quarters of it from the state's largest casino, Maryland Live!

The Maryland Lottery says Maryland Live! in Hanover brought in $53 million in August. Hollywood Casino Perryville brought in $7.6 million; the Casino at Ocean Downs generated nearly $6 million; and Rocky Gap Casino Resort made $4 million.

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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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FLINTSTONE, Md. (AP) - The newly christened Rocky Gap Casino Resort is opening its doors to the public in western Maryland.

The casino opened its doors Wednesday after winning approval from state gambling regulators. It is Maryland's fourth casino and will add 250 jobs to the resort formerly known as the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort.

The new casino features more than 550 slot machines and 10 table games. The resort also is unveiling a renovated lobby, hotel rooms and restaurants, and it features an 18-hole golf course.

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.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The introduction of table games in Maryland is positioning the state to win back gamblers after they spent millions of dollars in West Virginia and Delaware.

Maryland Live! Casino plans to offer poker, blackjack, craps and roulette beginning April 11.

The casino also is installing a new billboard targeting drivers heading home from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia. The message is gamblers no longer need to leave Maryland.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's largest casino says table games are arriving.

Maryland Live! says the games including poker, blackjack, craps and roulette will be arriving Wednesday.

The casino next to Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover plans to open the games to the public on April 11.

Gamblers were able to play table games in Maryland for the first time in early March when the Hollywood Casino Perryville rolled out its games. In November, Maryland voters approved the expansion of table games, as well as a new casino site in Prince George's County.


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.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A Maryland judge has rejected a lawsuit seeking to overturn gambling expansion in Maryland.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Ronald Silkworth released his decision on Tuesday.

Opponents to the ballot question to allow table games like blackjack and a

casino in Prince George's County contended that a majority of registered voters in the state would need to approve the proposal, not just a majority of people who voted on the ballot question in November.

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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.

If you’re expecting table games to show up at the Ocean Downs Casino after voters approved them in the November election think again.

It’s not a done deal.

General Manager Joe Cavilla issued a statement saying that the casino is evaluating customer demand.

In the words of the statement, “No decision has been made.”

A Maryland Lottery official told attendee at a Baltimore meeting last week that Ocean Downs was not structurally designed for table games.

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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.

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.