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MGM to bid officially for National Harbor casino

MGM Resorts International Inc. confirmed Wednesday what most have assumed since the Las Vegas-based company spent some $40 million last year to persuade Maryland voters to OK an expansion of gambling.

It will bid to operate a casino in Prince George’s County.

Lorenzo Creighton, president and chief operating officer of local subsidiary MGM National Harbor, will be joined by supporters to talk about the bid Thursday morning at the site where company executives have previously said they would build an $800 million resort casino on the edge of the Peterson Cos.’ National Harbor development in Oxon Hill.

“MGM envisions applying its decades of worldwide resort experience to design a fully-appointed destination resort casino at National Harbor that respects the atmosphere of Prince George’s County and meets the needs of Maryland’s marketplace,” a company statement said.

Bids are due to the Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency on Friday. Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington and Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, is also expected to enter a bid.

Penn National waged a dollar-for-dollar campaign war with MGM last fall to prevent expanded gambling, fearing that a casino in Prince George’s County would hurt a property it owns in West Virginia.