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Jul 31, 2011

$3M licensing fee for proposed Baltimore casino remains in limbo

A $3 million gaming license fee paid by Baltimore City Entertainment Group will remain in limbo for at least another month after a lawyer for the would-be casino developer said the State Lottery Agency was purposefully stalling court proceedings. The lottery has been holding the money since February 2009 and, in an interpleader action in […]

Jun 13, 2011

Lottery official optimistic on Baltimore casino

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland lottery official said Monday he believes the state is “well on track” to receive proposals to build a casino in Baltimore by a July 28 deadline. Robert Howells, procurement director for the Maryland State Lottery Agency, told the state’s slot machine commission that there was a very good turnout for a […]

Jun 12, 2011

3 firms interested in 3rd round of Rocky Gap slots license bidding

The taxes are lower, the incentives are higher and more developers are interested this time around, but building a casino in Western Maryland remains a risky bet, would-be casino owners said. A state commission plans to try its luck again Monday, offering up the Rocky Gap Lodge & Resort gaming license for a third time. […]

Jun 10, 2011

May revenue declines for all 11 AC casinos

Newly released figures show Atlantic City’s casinos shared the misery last month, with all 11 reporting revenue declines compared with May 2010. Their combined revenue fell more than 9 percent from a year ago to $290.6 million. The biggest loser was Trump Plaza Hotel Casino, down 25 percent. Slot machine win fell 8.7 percent, to […]

May 24, 2011

Casinos in Delaware don’t want more competition

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A proposal to add two new casinos in Delaware could force one of the three existing casinos in the state to close, said the head of a racetrack casino. Speaking at a regional casino conference in Atlantic City, Dover Downs President Ed Sutor said Tuesday that a proposal currently stalled in […]

May 19, 2011

Worcester Co. fraternal groups preparing to offer slot machines

SNOW HILL — In the next few weeks, fraternal organizations throughout Worcester County are scheduled to begin operating slot machines for members and guests. So members of those groups — who are more accustomed to running oyster roasts than slots — sat down with law enforcement officials to hash out the regulations they’ll have to […]

May 10, 2011

Gov. O’Malley signs new slots deal at Rocky Gap

CUMBERLAND — Some western Maryland lawmakers have high hopes for the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort now that the state is offering better terms to prospective slot-machine operators. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed legislation Tuesday reducing the state’s take of Rocky Gap gambling proceeds to 50 percent from 67 percent in the first 10 years […]

May 8, 2011

Baltimore casino sparks interest from at least 4 groups

The right to build what would be Maryland’s second-largest casino has sparked interest in diverse gaming companies across the United States and Canada. Those that have taken steps to pursue the sole gaming license in Baltimore include a company owned by the Chickasaw tribe of Oklahoma, a Missouri-based casino owner, a Canadian equity firm and […]

May 5, 2011

Maryland outlines resources to help problem gamblers

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland officials on Thursday outlined resources now available to assist problem gamblers, including a voluntary self-exclusion program to help keep them out of casinos. Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland State Lottery, highlighted a series of initiatives organized by a new statewide partnership called the Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling, which was created [&hellip[...]

May 4, 2011

Second try at finding Baltimore casino developer moving forward

The state’s second attempt to find a developer to build a casino in Baltimore will move forward after the disqualified winner of the first attempt dropped his request on Wednesday that the courts put the process on ice. The move came 30 months to the day after Maryland voters approved slot machine gaming and sets […]

Apr 20, 2011

Controversial greyhound races in steep decline

LOS ANGELES — For years, fans of greyhound races have faced off against animal welfare activists who say the dogs are kept muzzled in small cages, fed inferior food, injected with steroids and frequently injured at the track. Dog breeders, owners and racing lobbyists counter that the dogs are well-tended and love to run. Despite […]

Apr 12, 2011

Online poker is headed for D.C.

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling, trying to raise millions of dollars from the habits of online poker buffs and acting ahead of traditional gambling meccas like New Jersey and Nevada. Permitting the online games was part of the 2011 budget and a 30-day period […]

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