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Public hearings on Prince George’s casino slated for fall

State regulators still expect to award a casino license to one of three applicants to operate a casino in Prince George’s County, and the schedule for that process is starting to materialize.

The Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency is currently conducting background investigations into all three applicants — MGM National Harbor LLC (led by MGM Resorts International Inc.), Maryland Casino LLC (led by Greenwood Racing Inc.) and Prince George’s Racing Ventures LLC (led by Penn National Gaming Inc.) — and those investigations are expected to be finished in September.

After that, members of Video Lottery Facility Location Commission will visit all three potential sites — including National Harbor, an empty lot in Fort Washington and Rosecroft Raceway — and then hold public hearings on each proposal in late September or October. The final decision will be made in December.

MGM Resorts has proposed a resort casino with 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games to be built at the sprawling National Harbor mini-city near Oxon Hill. Penn National has proposed building a casino at Rosecroft Raceway that includes 140 table games and “at least” 3,000 slot machines — though the company only paid an initial license fee to cover 500 slots.

The surprise bidder was Greenwood Racing Inc., the owner of Parx Casino near Philadelphia. That company has proposed building a resort casino near the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Old Fort Road in Fort Washington with 4,750 slots and 170 table games.

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