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8:21 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Casino Bailout Bill to Get Initial Vote in Delaware

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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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7:57 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Doubts About Breaks for Delaware Casinos

Credit Don Rush

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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9:05 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Plan to Provide State Money to Ailing Casinos in Delaware

Credit Don Rush

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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8:48 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Ocean Downs Casino To Bring In Table Games

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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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9:11 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Maryland Live! Casino Brings in the Big Bucks

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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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9:13 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Delaware Casino Owners Warn of Tough Times Ahead

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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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9:04 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Rocky Gap Casino Opens

Rocky Gap Casino
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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.

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12:02 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Rockey Gap Could See Gambling


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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9:26 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Maryland Poised to Compete for Gambling Dollars


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.

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9:11 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Table Games Come to Maryland Live!

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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.

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8:43 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Table Games at Maryland! Live Casino by April

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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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8:56 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Court Rules Gambling Expansion in MD Okay

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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9:09 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Almost $100 Million Spent on MD Gambling Campaign

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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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12:47 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Table Games Not a Done Deal at Ocean Downs


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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12:18 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Governor O'Malley Signs Gambling Expansion Bill

Governor Martin O'Malley, Website

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.

12:21 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

MD House of Delegates Takes Up Gambling

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. 

9:40 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Delaware Officials Keep Eye On MD Gambling Expansion

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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11:28 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Quick Maryland Senate Action on Gambling Expansion Expected Next Week

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.

12:12 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Annapolis Takes Up Gambling Expansion in August

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.

8:27 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Maryland Gambling Working Group Meets for One Last Time

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A work group studying whether to expand gambling in Maryland is holding its last scheduled meeting.

The group of lawmakers and advisers to Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet Wednesday. The governor has said he will call a special session next month, if lawmakers can reach a consensus on a variety of issues.

One is whether to allow table games like blackjack. The group is also weighing whether a casino should be allowed in Prince George's County.

8:49 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Gambling Expansion Good for Maryland, Study Says

Maryland could benefit from expanding its gambling market with an extra casino in Prince George’s County and table games at the five existing casinos.

That’s the conclusion of a joint study by the Maryland Department of Legilsative Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Warran Deshenaux, the General Assembly’s chief budget analyst, said the question is, “What to do with those additional revenues.”

The report found that the changes could bring in around $101 million more in revenue for education and the lottery with no additional compensation to operators.

8:47 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bill to Legalize On-Line Gambling in Delaware Inches Forward

lDOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

In addition to online slots and table games, the proposal by Gov. Jack Markell expands keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites.

The bill, which was approved 29-to-8 Tuesday, also authorizes betting on NFL games in at least 20 more sites other than the casinos.

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8:25 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Experts to Testify In Annapolis About Gambling Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A work group of lawmakers and aides to Gov. Martin O'Malley that is studying a potential expansion of gambling in Maryland is scheduled to hear from analysts who have been looking at the proposals.

The meeting is set for Tuesday in Annapolis.

Lawmakers will hear from analysts from PricewaterhouseCoopers. They'll talk about their findings on a potential gambling expansion.

O'Malley has said he will call a special session next month to take up the expansion, if lawmakers can reach a consensus on how to do that.

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8:16 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Delaware Considers Expansion of Gambling

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is eyeing a bill that authorizes online betting in Delaware and allows more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

In addition to online slots and table games, the proposal by Gov. Jack Markell expands keno beyond Delaware's three existing casinos to at least 100 sites.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday also authorizes betting on NFL games in at least 20 more sites other than the casinos.

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9:23 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Table Games Headed for Passage in Annapolis


     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The state Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to expand Maryland gambling to include table games like blackjack and roulette.

     The chamber passed the measure to its final voting stage Monday night after shooting down amendments that attempted to strip profit enhancements for casino owners and limit how many licenses a slots parlor operator can have.

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12:07 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Maryland Senate Committee Considers Table Games


     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate committee is expected to vote on a measure to expand gambling in Maryland.

     A vote by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee could come as soon as Friday morning.

     The measure would allow table games like blackjack and craps at Maryland casinos, which currently only allow slot machines.

8:43 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Table Games Could Be Coming To Maryland Under Legislation to be Heard in Annapolis


    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate committee will hold a hearing on a measure to expand gambling in Maryland.

     The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is scheduled to discuss the bill that would pave the way for table games like blackjack. The measure also would allow a casino to be built in Prince George's County.

     Even if General Assembly approves, Maryland voters would have a say on table games and a new casino location in a statewide referendum.

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