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Casino wars heat up between Maryland, neighbors

ANNAPOLIS — 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.

The Washington Post reports the competition has been heating up between casinos across the region for some time. Casinos in Delaware and Charles Town added table games in 2010 to counter Maryland’s legalization of slots.

Last year, Delaware lawmakers passed legislation to give casinos relief on licensing fees so they could spend more on promotions and improvements.

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