May 29, 2009 0
Rocky Gap, the deluxe, state-controlled resort in Allegany County, appeared to be doing a pretty brisk business when I visited there last week. But that didn’t stop Bob Brennan, who runs the Maryland Economic Development Corp. (the owner of the resort), from slinging a pitch for it when he appeared before the state panel that is reviewing applications for slot machine facilities.
Rocky Gap does its best business in warmer months and on weekends, and the resort is looking for more ways to draw wintertime visitors. One of five allowed slots facilities was supposed to be at Rocky Gap, but nobody bid for the site, partially because of the state’s 67 percent tax rate on slots proceeds.
Brennan, in concluding a presentation about what slots mean for Rocky Gap (he says it can get by without them, but they could boost revenue significantly), suggested the slots commissioners might want to pay a little visit. Maybe they could even get a little deal, and stay with a view of Lake Habeeb for the price of a view of the resort’s golf course.
Not to be outdone, Buddy Roogow, the state’s lottery director, concluded a later presentation by suggesting that the commissioners play a few lottery games this week.
So, next up was a presentation by the Maryland State Police about the organization’s participation in background checks on slots applicants for four locations in the state. No big problems so far, said Capt. John Mooney.
Did he have a pitch of his own? No, unfortunately the MSP didn’t have any products to sell. “I will just say click it or ticket,” Mooney said.